The Society for Dance Research is an internationally focused, British-based non-profit society that supports and develops scholarly interests in all forms of dance through seminars, conferences, performances, and publications. Our journal, Dance Research, is addressed to scholars and practitioners working within the many disciplines which constitute dance studies, providing an international forum for the presentation and discussion of contemporary dance research.

AGM – Annual General Meeting – Saturday 27 February, 2pm GMT
Via ZOOM (link below) 

The AGM will take place on Saturday 27 February at 2pm GMT. 
The agenda for the meeting can be found here and minutes from last years AGM here.

The AGM will be followed by a discussion forum, asking the question 
‘Where has Dance Gone?’

As part of the Society’s annual general meeting we invite members to join together in an informal discussion and sharing of ideas and experiences responding to this provocation.

We invite reflection on where dance activity, performance, research and practice of all kinds has taken place over the past year during lockdown and post-lockdown periods. The Covid-19 global pandemic and associated restrictions has had a seismic impact on the field of dance in all its forms. Dancing in masks and in demarcated boxes, teaching and learning outside and duetting from a distance have become commonplace, and practices of adaptation and improvisation have taken on a new hue. In the dance community, withdrawal of freedoms, funding and opportunities has led some dance artists, organisations and institutions (and the general public) to explore restriction as a catalyst for creative response. In some cases, confinement of physical space has led to the expansion of artistic, reflective and imaginative space, whilst for others it has led to inertia and creative paralysis. In our field we have seen a significant shift towards online and virtual environments reconfigured as the site of dance practice, teaching and learning and as a space for meeting, conferencing and maintaining connections with friends colleagues from around the world.

The discussion forum provides a space in which we can collectively reflect on these events, shifts and changes and consider where dance has ‘gone’ in physical, theoretical, creative and organisational terms.

Some questions that we might consider together include (but are not limited to)

  • How has dance embraced a ‘digital turn’ during the pandemic?
  • When might it re-turn?
  • How have lockdown constraints impacted the field?
  • How do we access and engage with dance now and how/might we carry some of these practices forward in the future?
  • What have we learnt?
  • What has been lost and what has been gained?
  • How might we collectively re-build, return and move forwards?
  • What steps might we take?

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM 
Zoom link: 


Meeting ID: 829 9080 0156 
Passcode: 654249

ELECTIONS for the Executive Committee 2021: 

The period for voting for three candidates to become Honorary members of the Executive Committee is now open and the deadline to cast the votes is 9am on Saturday 27 February 2021.

Below are the list of candidates and here is the ballot paper You should select three candidates from the list and return your vote to the Society for Dance Research Secretary, Freya Vass-Rhee, at F.Vass@kent.ac.uk by 9am on Saturday 27 February 2021. The votes are anonymised by the Secretary. The result of the election will be announced at the AGM.

Here you can find information about each candidate: 

Lise Uytterhoeven 
Lise Uytterhoeven is Director of Dance Studies at The Place/London Contemporary Dance School, and currently chairs the Society for Dance Research. She holds a PhD from the University of Surrey and has published in Contemporary Theatre Review, The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies, and The Ethics of Art. Uytterhoeven co-authored What Moves You? Shaping Your Dissertation in Dance. Her monograph Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Dramaturgy and Engaged Spectatorship was published in the New World Choreographies series. She serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Dance Research. 

Lee James Davall
Lee has taught in a range of inner-city contexts from challenging schools and community schools to high achieving specialist performing arts schools. Lee has extensive experience of delivering the Secondary dance curriculum. Lee has held a number of leadership positions that have required strategic planning, implementation and management. In addition to this, Lee has taught in the private dance sector a range of dance styles for graded exams and competition dances. Lee worked as Director of Dance for a selective Performing Arts Academy for students aged 14-19 years, with an aptitude for Dance. Lee currently works as a Lecturer in Dance Education in the Faculty of Education at Royal Academy of Dance. Lee’s research interests include teaching, learning and management in compulsory sectors of education. Lee is particularly interested in cooperative learning and the use of assessment, predominantly peer assessment in raising achievement. Lee is also interested in the training and development of Gifted and Talented students with high achieving Performing Arts specialist contexts.

Lynsey McCulloch
I am Assistant Professor of English Literature and an Associate Member of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. My research focusses on early modern dance, and the relationship between dance and literature during that period. I recently edited The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance (OUP, 2019) with Brandon Shaw. I am currently working on a monograph for Bloomsbury’s Dance in Dialogue series, entitled Dance and the Static Image (co-authored with Rob Tovey, 2022). I was also a recipient in 2019 of a Society for Dance Research Ivor Guest grant, for my work on dance at the court of James VI of Scotland. I have been teaching at HE level for several years. In addition to my research and teaching expertise, I am also an experienced administrator. After completing my PhD and before taking up an academic position at Coventry University, I worked as a Research Funding Manager. As such, I believe I have the breadth of knowledge, skills and experience for this role.

Vicky Hunter
Vicky Hunter is a practitioner-researcher and Reader in Site-Dance and Choreography at the University of Chichester, UK. Her practice-based research explores site-specific dance performance and the body-self’s relationship with space and place encountered through corporeal, material, spatial and kinetic engagement with lived environments. Her writing on site-dance has been published in Literary Geographies, New Theatre Quarterly, Performance Research, Choreographic Practices and Contemporary Theatre Review. Her edited volume Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance was published by Routledge in 2015 and she is co-author of (Re) Positioning Site-Dance (Intellect 2019) with Melanie Kloetzel (Canada) and Karen Barbour (New Zealand). Her forthcoming monograph publication Site, Dance and Body:Movement, Materials and Corporeal Engagement explores human-environment synergies through material intra-actions and is due for publication with Palgrave in 2021. She has been an SDR executive Committee member since January 2019.

Please note that there has been only one nomination for the honorary position of Secretary, one nomination for the position of Membership Secretary and one nomination for the position of Newsletter Editor. These positions have been uncontested and therefore no election is required.

SAVE THE DATE – ‘Inclusion and Intersectionality’ Symposium – 19 – 20 November 2021

We are delighted to announce that plans for the 2021 symposium are underway. Whilst the pandemic has presented the organising committee with numerous hurdles, we are hopeful that we will be able to hold the symposium ‘Inclusion and Intersectionality’ on 19-20 November 2021 at Coventry University (CDare) with a combination of online and (limited capacity) in-person attendance. We ask you now to pencil the dates in your diary whilst we work away at finalising arrangements. We hope to release a call for participation soon and will release registration information also in due course. 
For now though, some questions to ponder: How does dance include and exclude?
Whose voices are heard, in what way and in what manner – what stories do we see and how (and whose) bodies are mobilized and empowered through the practices we engage with, produce and promote? 
How might intersectional thinking expose the “non-performativity” of institutional commitments to inclusion and diversity, which so often “do not bring into effect that which they name” (Ahmed, 2012: 119).  
The two-day symposium will include performance, curated panels that interrogate the conference themes and a limited number of research papers, interactive workshops and lecture-demonstrations – submission details will follow soon.


 Moving Offstage Symposium report – by Vicky Hunter, University of Chichester
The event was organized by the University’s Dance Department in collaboration with the department’s newly launched ‘Dance Studio Theatre’ initiative – an Arts Council funded venture that aims to promote and develop dance programming and production from under represented groups. Vicky Hunter and the Dance Studio Theatre producer, Becca Thurston, worked together to compile a programme of talks, workshops and performance that explored a range of approaches to moving and dancing in non-theatre contexts. The event was attended by twenty participants in the studio space and around sixty online participants via Zoom.

Click here to read the report in full

After receiving a large amount of applications, The Society are pleased to announce the recipients of this years Ivor Guest Research Grant.

Stefan Jovanovic
Alejandro Wolbert Perez
Anna Kirakowska
Ruth Philips and Christina Fulcher
Sinibaldo De Rosa

Click here to read about their research projects

Sharing the research of dance scholars:
On Access (or lack of)
 by Erica Charalambous, Centre for Dance Research Coventry University
School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

What would we be without our archives and who would we be without insight into our history? Afterall “we are what we keep; we keep what we are”, as archivist Terry Cook so eloquently emphasizes when he highlights the important role that archivists and archives have in determining our social, political and cultural history (Cook 2011). In addition, Cook highlights the necessity to rethink that maybe “we are what we do not keep” because certain archival content equally worthy of appraisal and inclusion is not part of the hegemony of institutional archives. Dance content is amongst the lesser archived materials in comparison to the other Arts such as Theatre, Music and Visual Arts, and thus harder to find and make use of what is kept and preserved in an archive or archival collections. To make matters more complex access to such archives is often limited either due to the absence of catalogued material, the limited amount of content one can view in short time visits and the challenges of archival mediation; assisting with access to archival collections and mediating between users and material both on site and online (Duff 2010).

Click here to read this article

Black Lives Matter – Solidarity Statement

The Executive Committee of the Society for Dance Research wishes to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and people of colour around the world suffering under structures of systemic racism, white supremacy, inequality and oppression.

We recognise we have further work to do to embed anti-racist practices in our work to advance the field of dance research. As a starting point, we commit to prioritising the work of dance scholars of colour for funding and support and to addressing the underrepresentation of BAME people on the Executive Committee.

We welcome any suggestions for action from members and others who engage with the Society through different channels.

The Executive Committee of the Society for Dance Research


The Society for Dance Research are collecting information about Dance in HE. This includes creating a directory of BA/MA/PHD level programmes which are currently running (both in the UK and internationally)

We are aiming to gather all this information into one place so that there is a resource for those looking to study on a dance programme. It should also help us see exactly what is still available in this changing landscape.

If you would like your programme to be included in this please email societydanceresearch@gmail.com

Please send in the following format:
– Title of course /level
– Short Description
– An image
– Direct contact/programme leader
– Website

Call for events reports/papers
The Society for Dance Research would like to encourage members to share their writing and research through the Society. If you are undertaking your own individual research which you would like to share or would like to write a report on one of the Society for Dance Research’s events, email us at societydanceresearch@gmail.com to share your thoughts. 

Click here to find the conference reports in the Society for Dance Research online archive



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