Testing time for dancers draws results
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
TEN years of tiptoeing in tutus takes its toll on tiny bodies.
That was why Southern Cross University researchers teamed up with NORPA yesterday, to put the region's best dancers through a series of tests aimed at under- standing exactly how physically demanding the art can be.
"There's not a lot done with testing on dancers like there is with other sports people," said study co-ordinator Dr Robert Weatherby.
"We'll be looking at how they're affected by fatigue, in par- ticular, and how we can improve their training regimes."
Byron Bay dancer Tess Brady, 21, said she had been forced to cut back on performing after developing chronic fatigue syndrome.
"I'm not sure if it's to do with dancing," she said.
"It's very exhausting, but I love it."
The dancers were subjected to a gruelling series of performances and poses before having their saliva tested for response to the effort.
The results of the study will be published next year.