News: Trinity Laban releases new research report examining talent development in young people

Friday 28 October 2011 by Hannah Dye

CAT performance. Image Credit: M Collins

Trinity Laban Dance Science Department released a new report in October; Passion, Pathways and Potential in Dance, examining the development of talent in young people.

This three year research project used scientific methods to examine the processes of developing talent in dancers aged 10-18 years. Just under 800 young people training at the government funded Centres for Advanced Training in dance around the country took part. The research was interdisciplinary, measuring physiological, anthropometric, psychological, injury-related, and creativity characteristics of talent in dance and exploring the factors that may contribute to its optimal development as well as to adherence and dropout. The project’s findings contribute to the development of the CAT scheme, ensuring that it is developed in a rigorous and consistent way.

Our combination of quantitative and qualitative findings demonstrate that CAT dancers exhibited steadily increasing levels of physical fitness, high and stable levels of psychological well-being, low to moderate levels of injury and dropout, and positive creativity experiences. The CATs thus appeared to be nurturing young talent in an effective and healthy way.

Find out more and download the full report: www.trinitylaban.ac.uk

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