I joined Buckinghamshire New University in 2017. Prior to this, I worked as a dance teacher in Bermuda, Canada and Dubai, performing at various promotional events and shows whilst working in these countries. I taught classical ballet to children and adults, and in Canada helped to develop a successful FE dance diploma course. I was also involved in training and coaching other dance teachers.
I studied for my BA in Ballet Education at the Royal Academy of Dance and for my MSc in Dance Science and Education with QTS at the University of Edinburgh. My specialist area of interest is Dance education, particularly in schools and community settings. I am interested in this area because education is such an important field and is relevant throughout an individual’s life. For people who dance, we are passionate about the physical, mental, emotional and psycho-social benefits dance can provide. My research aims to explore these benefits for different populations and to use this evidence to fight for increased access to dance education in settings such as schools.
I am a fully qualified RAD ballet teacher and whilst teaching in the UK (Edinburgh, London and Bristol) I coached students for RAD examinations. While working in Bristol, I also gained my ISTD modern and tap dance teaching qualifications.
My greatest accolade to date/My career highlight is either presenting my research on ‘Championing the Value of Dance in Secondary Schools’ at One Dance UK’s Dance Teaching and Participation conference in 2017, or getting my research published - Vincent, L., Mulholland, R., & Timmons, W., (2020). The challenges of providing a quality certificated dance education within secondary schools – findings from a comparative study exploring the experiences of eight English and Scottish dance teachers. Research in Dance Education, 1-18.