Dance Research in the Dungeon

In TENDU (out now) some rather strange dance research takes place in the dungeon studio of the castle. Much has changed in the story that I first conceived thirteen years ago, but that part has stayed more or less the same.

Childhood Memories

My late father was a research scientist, and I grew up hearing about how scientific studies can be heavily influenced by those that finance them and how they can be geared to lead to desired results. They can sometimes be unscientific. And unethical. It was all very interesting, and it stuck with me.

  • I should note that Amalphia’s parents are not based on my parents. Lynn and James Treadwell (very minor characters) are an example of the narcissist/enabler dysfunction as described in the book Toxic Parents.
Photo: David Hofmann on Unsplash – Simone (an antagonist in TENDU) vibes here…

Dance Research and Therapy

I do four grand pliés in fourth and fifth position every morning while I wait for the kettle to boil for tea. It feels like a strong way to start the day. I find it calming and grounding. And I need that just now, with a book release so close. For several years, due to illness, my legs were too weak to manage this exercise, so it’s joyous as well as beneficial.

The benefits of dance for conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease are becoming quite well known, of course, and it’s dancers’ brains that get studied in my books. They have been studied quite a bit in the real world too. Examples below:

The fictional research I created is a bit different from these very serious studies. It had to have some instant and dramatic effects to be interesting as part of a novel. Different characters will believe different things about those effects over the series, and I hope it’s entertaining to read!

Tendu: Dancing in the Castle - dance research in the dungeon

About the books

My dance background and love of history and spicy stories are what inspired this heady mix of contemporary romance and ballet set in a castle. Readers of my historical fiction will recognise the castle and stone circle that feature in these books.

A Dancer’s Journey is available in paperback and Kindle and on Kindle Unlimited.

Series on Amazon UK

Series on Amazon worldwide

Series on Goodreads

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18 Replies to “Dance Research in the Dungeon”

  1. Your parents had such an important perspective. So many of us either follow study results without questioning sources, or discount all studies because they don’t trust scientific methods. It’s important for people to develop good judgment in the modern world.

  2. Hi Ailish. Not much of a dancer here but I noted that you drink tea. Occasionally, I sip chamomile tea as I find it helpful with my sleep and digestion.

    Best of luck with the new book.

  3. I have hypermobility, and I have heard that those who have repeatedly done ballet exercises throughout their lifetime, that those exercises help to strengthen and support our overly flexible ligaments.
    I’m now far beyond that, at 42. I now rely on physio exercises to try to prevent subluxations, to keep my body relatively stable. Not always possible, but I am currently fighting a bit of a losing battle.

    1. I’m really sorry to hear that, Susie. I’ve known dancers who were hypermobile, and they were more prone to injury. Saying that, it’s never too late to try ballet, though, obviously, follow your medical practitioner’s advice on exercise. I hope things improve for you.

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