Edel is the Programme Leader of the Masters in Dance Science in the Faculty of Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, where she teaches and lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Edel specializes in the application of dance science theory and research to the teaching and practice of dance, across styles, ages and settings. She frequently presents her applied research at national and international conferences, and has published numerous papers. Her book, Safe Dance Practice. An Applied Dance Science Perspective, co-authored with Sonia Rafferty and Charlotte Tomlinson, was published in 2015 by Human Kinetics.
Edel is a trained Irish and Contemporary dancer. Her professional performance experience includes touring full-time with ‘Riverdance the show’ (1996-2001) as a lead dancer. Other performance experience includes a year with Henri Oguike’s sister dance company H20, a season in the West End production of The Shaughraun (2006), and performing at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics (Dublin, 2003). She has also taught Performance Enhancement on Trinity Laban’s Centre for Advanced Training scheme for gifted and talented young dancers, along with rehearsal directing for visiting professional dance artists and choreographers.
Edel is a long standing member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), where she founded the Student Committee and currently serves on the Education Committee. She is a registered Course Provider for Safe in Dance International (SiDI), and is also a Quality Reviewer for the Healthy Dance Practice Certificate.