Claire Karpodini: The Dean's Prize for Excellence in Masters Performance: Q&A

We’ve caught up with graduate Claire Karpodini who has been awarded The Dean's Prize for Excellence in Masters Performance at the School of Performing Arts!

Claire KarpodiniWhat degree did you study with us, when did you graduate?

I studied MSc in Dance Science and I officially completed my studies in October 2015.

What did you do after graduation?

New dimensions emerged after the completion of my MSc studies at the University of Wolverhampton.  My dissertation was of a standard to be considered for future publication.  The said project indicates to me a new career wise… that is, research. At the moment, my professors and supervisors - Yannis Koutedakis and Matt Wyon - and myself, are working on transforming my dissertation into an article which will soon be sent to professional journals.

Furthermore, I have also been invited by the Director of the Kalamata International Dance Festival and on 18th of March 2016 I had the honour of speaking in public regarding “Dance an Exercise Physiology – Injury Prevention”. 

In November 2016, I will be participating in the round table of the 6th Conference of the Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Physiology of Exercise under the title “Dance fitness and Health” during which I will be talking about “The Significance of Aerobic Fitness in Dancers”.

What is your current job?

I am currently working in higher education as a lecturer in SAE Athens institute in Animation studies. More specifically, I’m teaching Human Anatomy and kinesiology, basic Biomechanics as well as Laban Movement Analysis. 

What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is the movement analysis of animated characters. Moreover, the application of basic biomechanics in characters that could be unnatural creatures is of a great challenge too. 

How did studying at the University of Wolverhampton help you?

My Master degree has established my role as a lecturer at the Institute and has given me the opportunity of introducing innovative ideas and concepts in Animation field. Basic biomechanics are introduced in character design projects as well as in movement analysis. Furthermore, I supervise animation projects that embody movement or dance.

What, for you, was the best part of studying at the University of Wolverhampton?

I have many good memories... of Wolverhampton! I had the opportunity to meet very important scientists as well as colleagues from every part of this planet! As we are all aware of, Arts and Sports have no borders! Such a wonderful experience!

The best part applies to the curriculum and the delivery as I have had the opportunity to learn dance from its scientific view.

The most exciting and inedible moments were those at the laboratory as we were testing fitness components of dance.

What’s next for you?

Describing myself as a highly energetic person full of faith and determination to achieve my targets as well as to respond to new challenges, it would be an aspiration to work as a dance scientist in either research field or dance companies.

Last but not least, a Doctorate (ideally payable) would be an additional future perspective. 

To find out more about MSc Dance Science, see here!

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