Page 1: Information Sheet

Participant Information

You are invited to take part in a research project. Before you decide if you would like to take part, please read this information sheet carefully. You can also ask the lead researcher Dr Nicky Keay if you have any questions (please see contact details at the end of this sheet).

Title of Project: Dance Energy Availability Questionnaire (DEAQ): Assessment of Awareness and Risk

Research Team: Dr Nicky Keay (Durham University), Mr Gavin Francis (Science4Performance), Dr Emily Oliver (Durham University), Dr Stefanie Feierabend (AusDancersOverseas), and Dr Karen Hind (Durham University).

What is the purpose of the research?

Low energy availability can arise due to high training load and/or aesthetic and performance demands to be of low body weight. This situation is described in sport disciplines as relative energy deficiency in sport. As the name suggests, research to date has predominately been directed at athletes participating in sport. Nevertheless dancers are potentially at risk of low energy availability. The purpose of this dance-specific questionnaire is to ascertain awareness and risk factors for dancers of low energy availability.

Why have I been invited to take part?

You have been invited to take part in this study because you are a dancer.

Do I have to take part?

The decision to take part in the study by completing the questionnaire is completely up to you. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

What will be involved if I decide to take part in the research?

Taking part in the study will involve completing an anonymous online questionnaire which should take you around 15 minutes.

What are the benefits and risks of taking part?

As this is a survey-based research, there are no known risks to taking part in this study. The benefits of taking part will be contributing to knowledge in the field and providing evidence for implementation of changes in the dance world to support the health and performance of dancers.

How will confidentiality be assured?

Measures to ensure confidentiality include anonymisation of data and holding data in a password-protected computer file. Please refer to the ‘Privacy Notice’ for further information.

What will happen to the results of the research?

The results will be used for conference presentation and journal publication(s).


Additional information about the University’s responsibilities for data protection and your rights in relation to personal data can be found in the University’s generic privacy notice, available at

Type(s) of personal data collected and held by the Researcher and method of collection:

Data will be collected through an anonymised questionnaire. This will include information on your age, dance training (but NOT names of schools/companies), injuries, nutritional habits and general health questions. We will not be connecting data to the IP address from which the survey is completed.

Lawful Basis:

The University’s core purpose includes undertaking research in the public interest.  Processing of your data is carried out as part of this core purpose.

How personal data will be stored and processed:

All data will be kept strictly confidential to the research team. Data will be inputted and processed in anonymised form.

Withdrawal of data

Responses to the questionnaire will be entered in an anonymised fashion, therefore it will not be possible to identify you from any of the data we hold.

If you have any questions related to the project, please contact:

Dr Nicky Keay

Address: Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Durham University, 42 Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HN, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 191334 6837

For independent, general advice on taking part in research, please contact:

Dr Caroline Dodd-Reynolds

Address: Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Durham University, 42 Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HN, United Kingdom.

If you would like to take part and are happy with the answers to your questions, please complete the Informed Consent Form.





1.1. Consent Form Project title: Dance Energy Availability Questionnaire (DEAQ): Assessment of Awareness and Risk
This form is to confirm that you understand what the purposes of the project, what is involved and that you are happy to take part.  
I confirm that I have read and understand the online Information Sheet and the Privacy Notice for the above project.
I have had sufficient time to consider the information and ask any questions I might have, and I am satisfied with the answers I have been given.
I understand that all data collected will be anonymous, how the data will be stored and what will happen to the data at the end of the project.
I understand that my participation is entirely voluntary.
I confirm that I have read the information sheet about this study and am happy to take part   
Please indicate your agreement: Required