Mrs Frances Clarke

Senior Lecturer/Subject Leader for BA(Hons) Dance, (BA(Hons) Dance and Drama, and BSc(Hons) Dance Science and Performance

Email address: Frances.Clarke@wlv.ac.ukPhone number: 01902 01902323194Location: Performance Hub, WalsallFaculty: Faculty of ArtsSchool/Institute: School of Performing ArtsAreas of expertise:

Dance

Dance Science

Enhancing Dance Training and Performance

Multidisciplinary projects in Performance Science

About

Frances Clarke was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton in 2004 and the following year, she was appointed as Course Leader for the BA(Hons) Dance degree course, also leading a number of other joint courses with dance. She is now Subject Leader for the university’s undergraduate dance degree courses: BA (Hons) Dance, BA (Hons) Dance and Drama, and BSc (Hons) Dance Science and Performance. Frances is responsible for the management and leadership of these courses and she also leads modules and lectures on the undergraduate programmes and on the MA Dance and MSc Dance Science programmes. In recognition of her experience in leadership in HE, she has been awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Frances is involved in strategic arts leadership at a national level and is a Board member of DanceHE, which represents dance academics and practitioners working in higher education. In 2018, she was appointed as Chair of Rosie Kay Dance Company, a National Portfolio Organisation (Arts Council England) having served on the Board for a number of years. She has had advisory roles at the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and a number of other HEIs, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the BBC, and several vocational schools in the UK.


Her previous experience as a professional dancer, and Artistic Director of Springs Dance Company, one of the UK’s longest-running contemporary dance companies, influences her research work and interests. Her performance career spanned over three decades and in addition, she choreographed multi-media works for film and international arts events for Springs Dance Company, founded their Summer School, commissioned new works, established new company policies, and led the company incorporating change management. She founded and led a number of dance departments in the UK (secondary and FE) before her first appointment in HE.

Research interests

• Balance in theatrical dance genres; balance testing and training


• Enhancement of dancers’ training and performance, including mentoring of professional artists


• Performance profiling and psychological skills training in dance, music, and theatre pedagogy and in the professional field


• Creative arts practice in multi-disciplinary projects

Membership of professional bodies

Chair and Board roles:


• Chair of the Rosie Kay Dance Company (Winner Best Independent Company in the National Dance Awards 2015; nominated 2017) 
• Chair of the Publications Committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 
• Board Member: DanceHE (UK)

Fellowships and memberships:

• Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
• Member of the Society for Dance Research 
• Member of the Arts Centre Group
• Member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS)

Qualifications

PhD (near completion): University of Wolverhampton

MSc Dance Science (Distinction): University of Wolverhampton

PGCE (Dance in Secondary Education): Bedford College of Higher Education

BA (Hons) Dance Theatre 2:1 Laban Centre for Movement and Dance (now Trinity Laban)

A.E.S Professional Diploma (Dance): Arts Educational Schools (Tring and London)

Publications

Blind peer reviewed papers in journals

• Clarke, F., Koutedakis, Y., Wilson, M., and Wyon, M. (2018) Balance in dance performance: A systematic review. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 33(4) 
• Wyon, M.A., Wolman, R., Nevill, A.M., Barber, A., Edwards, M., Bowd, B., Clarke, F., Bryant, J., and Cloak, R. (2017) The Influence of Hormonal Contraception on Vitamin D Supplementation on Serum 25 (OH)D3 status in Premenopausal Women: A Prospective Double-Blind Placebo Random Controlled Trial. Journal of Endocrinal Metabolism. 7(4), pp.117-121.
• Wyon, M., Allen, N., Cloak, R., Beck, S., Davies, P., and Clarke, F. (2016) Assessment of maximum aerobic capacity and anaerobic threshold of elite ballet dancers. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 31(3), pp.145-150.
• Wyon, M.A., Cloak,R., Lucas, J., and Clarke, F. (2013) Effect of midsole thickness of dance shoes 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., Clarke, F., and Thoms, V. (2011) Is it their bodies that let them down? Dancing past 35 years old. International Symposium on Performance Science. (2011). ISBN 978-94-90306-02-1. Legacyweb.rcm.ac.uk; pp. 247-252.
• 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 (blind peer reviewed)


• Clarke, F., Koutedakis, Y., Wilson, M., and Wyon , M. (2018) Balance training differences on dancers’ dynamic postural stability: a randomised controlled trial. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2018. Helsinki: IADMS, 2018.
• Clarke, F., Koutedakis, Y., Wilson, M., and Wyon , M. (2018) Effects of fatigue on bilateral differences on dancers’ dynamic postural stability during landing using time to stabilisation protocols. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2018. Helsinki: IADMS, 2018.
• Clarke, F. (2017) The effects of performance profiling on goal setting and motivation on an undergraduate dance population. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2017. Houston: IADMS, 2017.
• Clarke, F., and Aways, D. (2016) Dance science pedagogy in an undergraduate dance programme: a multidisciplinary and methodological approach. DanceHE Early Career Symposium 2016, University of Bedford, DanceHE, 2016.
• Clarke, F., and Wyon, M. (2015) Effects of bilateral differences on dynamic postural stability during landing using time to stabilisation protocols. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 25th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2015. Pittsburgh: IADMS, 2015.
• Clarke, F., and Aways, D. (2015) Dance science in a level 4 undergraduate dance programme: a multidisciplinary approach. Learning and Teaching Conference, Faculty of Arts 2015, University of Wolverhampton, 2015.
• Clarke, F., and Wyon, M. (2014) Balance in dance performance: a systematic review. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 24th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2014. Basel: IADMS, 2014, p.25. 
• Clarke, F., and Wyon, M. (2014) Correlation between balance ability and dance performance. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (eds): Proceedings of the 24th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 2014. Basel: IADMS, 2014, p.121.
• 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, p.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, p.99. 
• Clarke, F.A; Wyon, M; and Percival, S. (2013) Controlling balance: Static and dynamic balance within dance populations. International Symposium on Performance Science. Vienna 2013, p. 687.
• 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, p.68.
• 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.
• 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, Prof. 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
Invited speaker
• Clarke, F.; Wyon, M.; and Percival, S. (2013). Static and dynamic balance within dance populations. Shifting Balances Symposium 2013. Coventry University


Awards
• 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
• Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship 2013

Experience in industry

Key roles in Management in Education/Teaching 

• Senior Lecturer, and Subject Leader for Undergraduate Dance: BA (Hons) Dance, BA (Hons) Dance and Drama, BSc Dance Science and Performance (key proposer for new degree), University of Wolverhampton, UK
• Course Leader for Dance, Halesowen College, UK (founded department)
• Head of Dance (Acting), and Lecturer, City and Islington College, London
• Head of Dance, Burntwood School, London (founded department)


Key roles in Artistic Management/Performing/Directing

• Artistic Director of Springs Dance Company (registered charity) incl. performer/choreographer roles
• Dancer, choreographer, director for international and UK based theatre company tours and projects and large scale arts organisations and events
• Rehearsal Director for MK Ultra, Rosie Kay Dance Company (2018 tour)
• Founder and Director of Le Loup Dance Company (student company)

Further information

Current responsibilities


• Subject Leader for BA(Hons) Dance, BA(Hons) Dance and Drama, BSc (Hons) Dance Science and Performance
• Responsibility for managing and leading the course teams, including academic staff, visiting lecturers, and technique tutors
• Module Leader for Choreography
• Module Leader for Introduction to Performance Psychology
• Module Leader for Professional Studies
• Module Leader for Advanced Performer
• Module Leader for Working in the Dance Profession
• Module Leader for Performance Psychology (MSc course)
• Module Leader for Scopes in Motion: Special Topics in Dance (MA course)
• Module Team member for Introduction to Dance Practice
• Module Team member for Fit and Healthy Dancer
• Module Team member for Dance Research Methods
• Module Team member for The Dance Project
• Module Team member for Project (MSc course)
• Module Team member for Dance Dissertation (MA course)
• Co-Director of Le Loup Dance Company (Founder Director)
• Artistic Director for the Annual Gala Show


Non-teaching responsibilities


• Faculty UCU representative
• Member of the Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance (CCHIP)
• Member of the Research Centre for Sport, Exercise and Performance (RCSEP)
• Admissions tutor
• Previous experience as Academic Health and Safety Rep, Enterprise and Employability Champion, and committee member of the University Research Committee, Collaborative Links Committee, Accredited Prior Learning Committee, Annual Research Development Committee, Faculty Quality and Enhancement Committee, and cross-School Validation committees and panels. 
• External experience as an External Examiner (HE), and an Expert Panel member for validation of new degrees (HEIs)