Ms Frances Clarke

Dance

Clarke Frances
Email address: frances.clarke@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323194 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Dance

About

Frances Clarke is a Senior Lecturer and the Course Leader for BA(Hons) Dance and BA(Hons) Dance and Drama, and lectures on the undergraduate dance programme and the postgraduate dance science programme. In her career, she has worked as a professional dancer, educator, and dance scientist, and these three areas influence her teaching and research at the University of Wolverhampton. In a performance career spanning over three decades she worked primarily as a dancer and Artistic Director of Springs Dance Company.

As a trained teacher and lecturer, she has set up and led a number of dance departments in the UK, and has worked as an artist in residence and an educational advisor. Keen to develop her interest in dance training and performance enhancement, she gained an MSc (Distinction) in Dance Science and is currently working on her PhD thesis: Static and dynamic balance within dance populations.

Frances has been at the University of Wolverhampton since 2004 and lectures on a range of areas including dance science, technique, repertoire, choreography, Laban Movement Analysis, and Labanotation. She supervises dissertations in dance science, education and dance history and analysis, and lectures in performance psychology at postgraduate level. Frances regularly presents her research at international conferences and has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal papers. Frances is a member of the Research Centre for Sport Exercise and Performance at the University of Wolverhampton.

Research interests

Frances’s research interests focus primarily on the application of dance science to enhance dance training and performance. In particular, she is interested in the development of balance testing and training for dancers. Other research interests include performance enhancement, the effects of dance footwear on stability, the use of performance profiling, imagery and self- talk in dance training and performance, and performance enhancement mentoring for professional teachers and artists.

Membership of professional bodies

  • External Examiner for Liverpool John Moores University (from 2013),
  • Board Director of Rosie Kay Dance Company,
  • Board member of Dance HE,
  • Chair of Publications Committee, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS),
  • Member of IADMS,
  • Member of CORD,
  • Member of the Arts Centre Group.

Qualifications

  • 2011 - present: PhD candidate University of Wolverhampton (Director of Studies: Prof Matt Wyon),
  • 2010: MSc Dance Science (Distinction) University of Wolverhampton,
  • 1986: PGCE Secondary Education Bedford College of Higher Education,
  • 1985: BA(Hons) Dance Theatre 2:1 Laban Centre (now Trinity Laban),
  • 1980: Professional Diploma (Dance) Arts Educational Schools.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers in Journals

  • Wyon, M.A., Cloak, R., Lucas, J., and Clarke, F. (2013) Effect of shoe midsole thickness on dynamic postural stability. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 28(4), pp. 195-198.
  • Wyon,M., Harris, J., Brown, D., and Clarke, F. (2013) Bilateral differences in peak force, power, and maximum plié depth during multiple grande jetés. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 28(1), pp.28-32.
  • Wyon, M.A.; Twitchett, E.; Angioi, M.; Clarke, F.; Metsios, G.; and Koutedakis, Y. (2011) Time Motion and Video Analysis of Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance Performance. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 32(11), pp.851-855.
  • Wyon, M., Nevill, A., Dekker, K., Brown, D., Clarke, F., Pelly, J., and Koutedakis, Y. (2010) Effect of leg length on range of motion, vertical jump and leg dexterity in dance. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 31, pp.1-5.
  • Cloak, R., Nevill, A,M., Clarke, F., Day, S., and Wyon, M, A., (2010) Vibration training improves balance in unstable ankles. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 31, pp.894-900.
  • Koutedakis, Y.; Clarke, F.; Wyon, M.; Aways, D.; and Owolabi, E.O. (2009) Muscular Strength: Application for Dancers. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 24(4), pp.157-165.

Published International Conference Presentations (Peer Reviewed)

  • Clarke, F. (2013) The influence of performance profiling on goal setting: implications for an undergraduate dance population. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2013. Seattle: IADMS, 2013, pp. 37-38.
  • Wilson, M., Clarke, F., and Wyon, M. (2013) Choosing when to stand or fall: a discourse on defining and evolving research in balance with dancers. . In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2013. Seattle: IADMS, 2013, pp. 37-38.
  • Clarke, F.A., Wyon, M., and Percival, S. (2013) Controlling balance: Static and dynamic balance within dance populations. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science. ISBN 978-2-9601378-0-4
  • Clarke, F.; Wyon, M.; and Percival, S. (2012). Static and dynamic balance within dance populations. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2012. Singapore: IADMS, 2012, pp. 68-69.
  • Clarke, F.; and Wyon, M. (2011). The effects of lateral preference on balance ability in an undergraduate dance population. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 21st Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2011. Washington, DC, USA: IADMS, 2011, pp.96-97.
  • Wyon, M.; Cloak, R.; and Clarke, F. (2011) How do we test for balance in dance? In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 21st Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2011. Washington, DC, USA: IADMS, 2011, p.35.
  • Wyon, M.; Cloak, R.; Lucas, J.; Clarke, F.; and Williams, D. (2011) The effect of dance shoes on dynamic postural stability during landing. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 21st Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2011. Washington, DC, USA: IADMS, 2011, pp.140-141.
  • Wyon, M.; Clarke, F.; and Thoms, V. (2011) Is it their bodies that let them down? Dancing past 35 years old. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science. ISBN 978-94-90306-02-1. Legacyweb.rcm.ac.uk.
  • Clarke, F.; and Wyon, M. (2010) Rotational forces in two different types of jazz shoe in an undergraduate dance population. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 20th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2010.Birmingham, UK: IADMS, 2010, pp. 28-29.
  • Wyon, M.; Nevill, A.; Dekker, K.; Brown, D.; Clarke, F.; Twitchett, E.; and Koutedakis, Y. (2010). Effect of leg length on range of motion, vertical jump, and leg dexterity in dance. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 20th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2010.Birmingham, UK: IADMS, 2010, pp. 63-64.
  • Clarke, F.; Cloak, R.; and Wyon, M. (2009) The effect of vibration training on balance performance in an undergraduate dance population. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 19th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2009. The Hague, The Netherlands: IADMS, 2009, pp. 27-28.
  • Wyon, M.; Clarke, F.; Russell, J.A.; and Wilmerding, V. (2008) The research process: from start to finish. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 18th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2008. Cleveland, Ohio, USA: IADMS, 2008.
  • Clarke, F. (2007) Rotational forces in two different types of jazz shoe in a développé devant. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2007. Canberra, Australia: IADMS, 2007, pp.271-274.

Working Session Panel (Chairs)

  • Frances Clarke, Dr Vicki Thoms, Dr Matt Wyon and Prof Ruth Solomon (2010): Invited to chair the working session: Dance and the Power of Aging: Embodiment at the intersection of nature and culture. CORD/ASTR 2010 conference Seattle, WA, USA.
  • Clarke, F. (2010) Dance and the Power of Aging: Personal Perspectives. CORD/ASTR 2010.

Symposium

  • Clarke, F.; Wyon, M.; and Percival, S. (2013). Static and dynamic balance within dance populations. Shifting Balances Symposium 2013. Coventry University (Invited speaker).

Awards

  • Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship 2013,
  • President’s Prize for overall excellence in poster research at the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2007. Canberra, Australia: IADMS, 2007.

Review Board

Reviewer for the following international peer reviewed journals:

  • International Journal of Sports Medicine,
  • Journal of Dance Medicine & Science,
  • Research in Dance Education.

Experience in industry

Employment History

Education

  • 2004 - Present: Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Dance, University of Wolverhampton,
  • 2002 - 2004: Course Leader of Dance, Halesowen College,
  • 2001 - 2002: Dance Lecturer (P/T), Halesowen College,
  • 1992 - 1993: Supervisor on PGCE course, Bedford College of Higher Education,
  • 1991 - 1993: Dance Lecturer (P/T), Thamesdown Studios, Swindon,
  • 1991 - 1999: Dance Lecturer (P/T), City and Islington College, London,
  • 1990 - 1991: Head of Dance (Acting), City and Islington College, London,
  • 1986 - 1990: Head of Dance, Burntwood School, London.

Performance

  • 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005: Dancer and Choreographer, Spring Harvest, UK,
  • 1992 - 1997: Artistic Director, Springs Dance Company, UK,
  • 1991 - 1992: Dancer and Choreographer (project-based), Springs Dance Company,
  • 1986 - 1990: Dancer (project-based international and UK tours) Springs Dance Company,
  • 1980 - 1982: Dancer, Gin-Pak Ballet, Madrid & Barcelona; Ferrante Dance Company (TV), Barcelona; Springs Dance Company, UK,
  • 1979: Founder member of Springs Dance Company.

Advisory

  • 2013 - ongoing: Advisor for the Eating Disorders and Dance Project, Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity (UBVO), School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford,
  • 2011 - ongoing: Advisor on the Visiting Scholarship (Dance), Robinson College, University of Cambridge,
  • 2013: Review Panel member, University of Chester,
  • 2010 - present: Assessor for Dance, Trinity College, London,
  • 2010: Inset for teachers at the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), DanceXchange,
  • 2003 - 2004: Mentor for Safahr Project, Birmingham Royal Ballet,
  • 1997: Advisor to SCAA on new “A” level courses,
  • 1997: Advisor and participant on “Sports bank” BBC Dance Education series.

Further information

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Technique/Performance (Introduction to Dance Practice, Dance Practice-Intermediate),
  • Repertoire/Performance (Introduction to Performance Practice, Advanced Performer),
  • Dance Science (Fit and Healthy Dancer, Dance Science strands in Dance Studies, Enterprise and Employability: Dance Now, and Research, Interpretation and Analysis, Performance Psychology PG),
  • Choreography (Choreography) · Movement Analysis (Ways of Seeing Dance),
  • Supervision of final year research projects (practice-based and written).

Non-Teaching Responsibilities

  • Course Leader for BA(Hons) Dance and BA(Hons) Dance and Drama,
  • Member of the Annual Research Development committee,
  • Member of the Accredited Prior Learning committee,
  • Member of the Collaborative Links committee,
  • Member of the University Research Committee,
  • Member of the Research Centre for Sport Exercise and Performance,
  • Lead organiser of the Gala Show (Dance department),
  • Director of Le Loup Dance Company (student company).