Salsa science: How dancing keeps you happy and healthy

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 13 July

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Can you really dance your blues away?

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Standard £14


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Get your groove on and learn about the science of dance with materials scientist/salsa instructor Jamie Gallagher and a panel of dancers, scientists and dance scientists. After the talk feel free to join in an evidence-based salsa lesson.

About the speakers

Jamie Gallagher is an award winning scientist and science communicator. He also happens to be a salsa teacher.

Dr Emma Redding originally trained as a dancer and is now Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she teaches contemporary dance technique and lectures in physiology. Emma has played a key role in developing dance science as a recognised field of study through her research and teaching.

Dr. Sara Houston is a lecturer in the Department of Dance at the University of Roehampton where she studies community dance from a sociological perspective. Sara is currently involved in a long term study looking at the effect of dance on the health and wellbeing of people suffering from Parkinson’s. Sara is also Chair of People Dancing, the national support organisation for community dance in England.

Edel Quinn is Programme Leader of the Masters in Dance Science in Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Dance. Edel specializes in the application of dance science theory and research to the teaching and practice of dance, across styles, ages and settings. Edel is a trained Irish and Contemporary dancer. Her professional performance experience includes touring full-time with ‘Riverdance the show’ (1996-2001) as a lead dancer. 

Merritt Moore is a professional ballet dancer who is carrying out a DPhil in atomic and laser physics at Oxford University. In 2015 Merritt was the winner of the physics category of the international competition “Dance Your PhD”. Merritt has danced professionally with the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet and London Contemporary Ballet. She will be discussing how dance can make you a better scientist. 

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