Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe)

  • Jacobs, J. (Recipient)

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Cohort 15 35K Award
ICURE = the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton, Surrey, and Queen’s University, Belfast

In pursuit of deeper insight into the question of how Barre can be used and adapted to meet the needs of the performing arts in higher education and beyond, the researcher embarked on a mission to speak with experts and leaders in various fields, including medicine, education, performing arts, dance and sports science, resort health and wellness programmes, and fitness. This opportunity was funded by a generous award through ICURe (Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research), under the auspices of the Directorate of Research and Enterprise (R&E) at Queen’s University, Belfast, in collaboration with the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton, and Surrey.
The researcher travelled for meetings to several cities throughout Italy, the United States, England, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, and Hong Kong. The interviewees who participated in one-to-one meetings with the researcher included (in order of interview):
• Dr Luigi Cucchi, Giornalista e Direttore, Il Giornale, Milan, Italy
• Gian Luca Schiavoni, Ballet Dancer and Choreographer, Teatro alla Scala; and Chiara Schiavoni, Ballet Dancer, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy
• Serap Mesutogeu, Guest Relations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Milan, Italy
• Dr Roberto Pozzoni, Specialista Ortopedia e Traumatologia, Milan, Italy
• Elena Cervellati, Associate Professor, Arts Department, University of Bologna, Italy
• Rocco Di Michele, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy
• Felice Limosani, Multidisciplinary Artist, and Doris Anna Kovacs, Libero Professionista, Florence, Italy
• Jamie Harris, Director/Agent, Clear Talent Group, New York, New York, United States
• Carol Espel, Fitness and Program Director, Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa, New York, New York, United States
• Dr Kimberly Chandler Vaccaro, Associate Professor of Dance, Rider University, Ewing, New Jersey, United States
• Emily Bakemeier, Deputy Provost Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
• James Bundy, Dean of the Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
• Todd Lanman, MD, Spinal Neurosurgeon, Los Angeles, California, United States
• Jonas Wright, Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, California, United States
• Tak Friedman and Terry Berg, Wellness Team, Rosewood Resort, Hong Kong, China
• William Baugh, The Tina Turner Musical, Hamburg, Germany
• Dr Susan Kozel, Professor of Philosophy, Dance and Media Technologies, Malmo University, Sweden
• Margaret Morris Movement, West Sussex, United Kingdom
• Catherine Cassidy, Director, and Lisa Sinclair, Dance Health Manager, The Scottish Ballet, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
• Chrissy Delapperall, Manager Virgin Active, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
• Dr Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, United Kingdom
• Dr Marcus Dunn, Research Fellow, Centre of Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Degree of recognitionNational
Granting OrganisationsQueen's University Belfast