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The Sense and Nonsense of Doping, by Fred Bijster

The use of drugs in some sports is very easy to understand: sports where speed, power, endurance are prominent are good examples (athletics, biking, etc) to create positive effects on the results. Other sports where insight, coordination, artistry and finesse are more prominent will not lend themselves for the use of drugs to create a positive result.


Temporality of the Dancing Body

This paper examines and highlights the importance of valuing the body as it gravitates towards maturity (or ‘otherness’) refuting the myth that people do not or should not dance as they get older. It offers, as context, some of the common cultural myths of the ageing and injured dancer, and examines the career reality.

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Dance Specific Fitness Tests

The Dance Specific Fitness Tests (DSFT) were developed by Dr Emma Redding and Dr Matt Wyon, which incorporate the Dance Aerobic Fitness Test (DAFT) as originally developed by Laban. The first scientifically validated…


Dancing Makes You Smarter by Richard Powers

For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction…

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