Wendy Timmons

Programme Director: MSc Dance Science & Education / Dance Science Specialist


Wendy Timmons is Programme Director of the MSc Dance Science and Education at the University of Edinburgh and also has many years of  experience teaching and training professional dancers and dance teachers. Wendy has a Bachelor in Philosophy in Classical Ballet and Contextual Studies from the University of Durham and is currently registered for her doctoral thesis at the University of Edinburgh.  She has also carried substantial research developing and validating technology for safe and effective dance teaching and training.

Esteem Indicators

Editorial Board member for Research in Dance Education journal, RIDE, Taylor & Francis Routledge.

Vice Chaireperson for the Traditional Dance Forum on Scotland TDFS

Editorial Board, advisory panel, Scottish Journal for Performance Arts

May 2012 Invited as Expert member of EU workshop group for Entrepreneurship in Education EE, Dublin

Responsibilities & affiliations

Wendy is also a member of the editorial board for the Research in Dance Education journal and is a Registered teacher (RTS) with the Royal Academy of Dance and a bilingual tutor (Greek and English) for the Professional Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies for the Royal Academy of Dance.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Aesthetics (BEd Physical Education)
  • Dance Education & Social/cultural dance in context  (BEd Physical Education)

Postgraduate teaching

  • Dance Pedagagy ( MSc Dance Science & Education)
  • Preventive ance medicine  ( MSc Dance Science & Education)

Research summary

The scientific principles of dance; the dancer's health; injury prevention and performance enhancement; adolescent screening for dance training; technology and dance training.

Current and recent research

January 2013 Registered PhD part time (University of Edinburgh) Title: The embodied experiences and health risk of hypermobility in a dance narrative

Successful funding applications

1. 2008 CHSS Dean’s fund for Collaborative Research, Timmons W

Scale research lab, £1000 granted for collaborative research with colleagues from ECA, match funding was also given from ECA. www.eca.ac.uk/circle/scale1.htm

2. August 2010, Small grant fund from the University of Edinburgh, Timmons W, Donohugh O, Turner T

 £900 granted for pilot research project in hypermobility and dance.

3. 2011 University of Edinburgh Innovation & Alumni, Timmons W

Validating the use of Digital content in the teaching & learning environment for dance, £945, successful application project to start Feb 2012

4. 2011 AHRC Digital Transformations research development, Lycouris S, Timmons W, Ravernscroft J

Enhancing the experience of dance performance for the visually impaired using real time Haptic feedback, £30,000

5. 2012 CHSS, Exchange Fellowship at The Moray House School of Education, collaborator, Timmons W

Conception and mentorship of 1st Dance Artist in Residence project at Moray House, University of Edinburgh.

6. 2012 CHSS  Knowledge Transfer grant, Timmons, W. Clough, S.  £2940, funding for dissemination event in August 2012 related to Choreo-Haptic project.

7. 2012 University of Edinburgh’s IKTF scheme application, reference 9bP-12/0773, £11,766 Knowledge Transfer funding to develop the Choreo-haptic technology

8. 2013  “Development of biofeedback platform for training dancers”. Operational Program: “Human Resources Development” 2007-2013, Co-financed by Greece and the EU (65.000,00€). Cooperation with Dance Academy (dance school / SME) Successful / proposal rated 9.33/10 (Rated within the first ten proposals in Greece).

Research activities

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