Research

Research is a big part of the Texas A&M Dance Science Program. Both faculty and students conduct research studies. Dance Faculty have conducted research studies that include how different training styles affect dance performance, as well as how Pilates training affects dance performance. Faculty have presented at national and international conferences, including the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) Annual Conference and the Performing Arts Medicine Association Conference (PAMA). Faculty members have been published in various national journals.

Dance program students have also conducted their own research studies. Students are able to apply for the Kay and Jerry Cox Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Through this program, students receive funding to conduct research. The funding can be put toward research presentation submissions and travel for conferences. In the past, we have had students present at IADMS, attend the IADMS, PAMA and National Dance Society (NDS) conferences. Some of our students are published in national journals such as the NDS journal and the Texas A&M LAUNCH Explorations Journal.

Past Research Projects

  • Effectiveness of Total Body Board vs. Corealign on abdominal strength in dancers
    • Co-PI’s – Christine Bergeron and Alexandra Pooley
    • In data analysis stage
  • Physiological impact of the Fitness Gram vs. Pilates based Abdominal Curl
    • ​PI – Christine Bergeron
    • In data analysis stage
    • EMG testing looking at the abdominal muscular activation during various abdominal exercise
  • Effectiveness of Pilates training using mat exercises vs. spine corrector to increase abdominal endurance in collegiate dancers (2016) 
    • ​Co-PIs: Armstrong C, Bergeron C, Strong M
    • Research Assistant: Forman A
    • Presentations include:
      • International Association for Dance Medicine and Science in Houston, TX (October 2017)
      • Published in National Dance Society Journal (Summer 2018)
  • The effects of an entry level ballet class on first year dance majors on improving measurements of balance using the Biodex Balance System SD (2015)
    • Co-PIs: ​LeBlanc N, Greenwood L, Placke A, Boucher T, Bergeron C
    • To determine if dance majors who participate in an entry level ballet class will show a change in measurements of balance over the course of the semester.
    • Presentations include:
      • Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Dallas, TX (December 2015)
  • The validity of Zumba as a cardiovascular training alternative for dancers 
    • PIs: Pooley A, Strong M
    • Research Assistants: Amaro N, Taft K, Stewart C
    • Researchers are comparing cardiovascular fitness changes between interventions of 3 weekly Zumba sessions to 3 weekly treadmill sessions
    • Presentations include:
      • Performing Arts Medicine Association Annual Conference (2015)
  • Effectiveness of plyometric training versus Pilates reformer training on collegiate level dancers’ vertical jump height and horizontal distance 
    • Armstrong C, Bergeron C, Boucher T
    • Presentations include:
      • Performing Arts Medicine Association conference (July 2016 )
      • National Dance Society Conference  (August 2016)
  • Using Wearbale Technology Technology in Dance Performance
    • Bergeron C, Seo J.H
      • Presentations include:
        • National Dance Society in College Station, TX (August 2016)
  • Programmers and dancers, can we live together?: lessons from collaborative interactive performances 
    • Bergeron C, Seo J.H.
    • Presentations include:
      • International Digital Media and Arts Association in Orem, Utah (Fall 2014)
  • Interactive performance: a collaboration between visualization and dance 
    • Amaro N, Arita J, Bergeron C, Bumatay A, Seo J.H.
    • Presentations include:
      • National Dance Educators Organization Conference in Chicago, IL (Fall 2014)
      • Book Chapter Fall 2016
  • The effectiveness of rotator discs in external rotation in ballet movement sequences 
    • Armstrong C, Bergeron C, Boucher T, Byrne Hanik K, Greenwood M
    • Research Assistants: Amaro N, Lott J, Miller M
    • Presentations include:
      • Published in the National Dance Society’s Journal.  (Summer 2016)
      • International Association for Dance Medicine and Science in Pittsburgh, PA (October 2015)
      • National Dance Educator Organization Conference in Chicago, IL (Fall 2014)
      • Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Galveston, TX (December 2014)
  • The effecitveness of Pilates to increase abdominal endurance and overall performance in dancers (2011)
    • Armstrong C, Bergeron C, Greenwood M
    • Research Assistants: Alvarez A, Miller M, Moudy S
    • Presentations include:
      • National Dance Association’s Pedagogy Conference in Norfolk, VA (August 2012)
      • Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Galveston, TX (December 2012)
      • American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Charlotte, NC (Spring 2013)
      • International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Conference in Seattle, WA (Fall 2013)