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Dance Specific Fitness Tests

Dance Specific Fitness Tests



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


Detailed Description

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If you have any queries or questions in the meantime, you can contact a member of the Dance Science team by email, [email protected]

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The first scientifically validated aerobic and anaerobic fitness tests designed specifically for dancers. Research shows that cardiorespiratory fitness is an important part of a dancer's training because the physiological demands of dance performance can be extremely high. Dancers need good stamina to work at their best, delay the onset of fatigue and help prevent fatigue-induced injuries.

The Contemporary and Ballet Tests consist of five progressive four-minute stages that use dance movement to test aerobic fitness . The High-Intensity Test comprises four shorter one-minute bouts of dance movement to anaerobic fitness. The dancers perform as many stages as they can. During the tests, the dancers' heart rate is measured in-between stages using either the manual HR method or a heart rate monitor, to measure aerobic or anaerobic capacity.

The Dance Specific Fitness Tests DVD pack includes full instructions, demonstrations and music CD to accompany the tests.


Tracked Delivery

Tracked postage is generally a safe and convenient method of delivery to the customer. In rare instances, a delivery maybe unsuccessful and the items are returned to the sender. An unsuccessful delivery attempt may occur due to a number of reasons, for example, ‘Nobody answered’.

It will be your responsibility to inform a member of the Dance Science team ([email protected]) if any issues arise relating to delivery, for example, if the item fails to reach the required destination and is returned to the sender. We will do our best to rectify the situation; however, you may be liable to incur an additional fee*.

*An additional fee may include the cost to re-post the item or the cost of a new pack if the customer fails to inform the team within an appropriate timeframe (1 month).

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