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Louisa Petts

Dance, Coventry University

Thesis title:

The wellbeing of an ageing dancer: an enquiry into the experience of community dance practice in older adult populations

My research interests centre around community dance and its potential to impact psychosocial wellbeing amongst older adult populations. My ideas aim to focus on whether familiarity with dance style or genre and previous experience of dance can impact dance access and participant experience. 

Research Area

  • Dance


March 2021, Poster presentation at the Doctoral Capability and Development Conference (DCAD21), Coventry University



2019, Master of Science - MSc, Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Distinction

  • Dissertation topic: an exploration into the experience of family caregivers for persons with dementia in community dance classes
  • Module topics: Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology, Somatic Practice, Statistics and Research Methodologies

2018, Bachelor of Arts - BA, Dance Studies, University of Roehampton, First Class Honours 

  • Dissertation topic: Using dances created under the Nazi Regime 1933-1945 as a case study, what issues arise in relation to ethics?
  • Module topics: Dance History, Dance Philosophy and Aesthetics, Dance Science, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Dance Culture and Society, Limón technique, Graham technique, Dance Improvisation and Composition
  • Dance Programme Representative for the University of Roehampton Dance Department (2015-2018)
  • Vice President of Roehampton Dance Society (2017-2018)
  • Artistic Director of Dance Platform in aid of The Amici Dance Theatre Company where over £2,000 was raised (2016-2017)

Awards and Scholarships

2020, Midlands4Cities Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Studentship Award, Coventry University 

2018, Trinity Laban Dance Award Scholarship, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

2018, Best Dissertation Prize for BA in Dance Studies, University of Roehampton

2014, Grade 6 Reading for Performance, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art 

2013, Grade 8 Speaking Verse and Prose, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art