About the Executive Committee

The Society for Dance Research Executive Committee is made up of internationally-recognised dance scholars and professionals interested in advancing the study and appreciation of all forms of dance.

Society for Dance Research is managed by an elected executive committee that includes honorary officers and an elected chair. It is responsible for the running of the Society and for delegating members to oversee the publications, events and working parties.

Lise Uytterhoeven, Chair

Dr Lise Uytterhoeven is Director of Dance Studies at The Place, London Contemporary Dance School. She holds a BA Dance Education from CODARTS (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and an MA (Distinction) Dance Studies and PhD from University of Surrey, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her monograph Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Dramaturgy and Engaged Spectatorship is published by Palgrave Macmillan in the New World Choreographies series. She has published inContemporary Theatre ReviewResearch in Dance EducationThe Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies (ed. Sherril Dodds), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet (ed. Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel & Jill Nunes Jensen, forthcoming) and The Ethics of Art (ed. Guy Cools & Pascal Gielen). Her study guide What Moves You? Shaping your dissertation in dance (2017) is published by Routledge. Lise is the Chair of the Society for Dance Research and a member of the Associate Board of Dance Research.

Charlotte Waelde, Deputy Chair
Charlotte Waelde is Professor of Intellectual Property law working at the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University.  She has long worked with the creative industries while her focus on dance started nearly a decade ago, when she had an AHRC funded project with Professor Sarah Whatley to research disability, dance and law.  Following on her work on a number of other European funded projects which included a focus on dance, she moved from Exeter Law School to work full time at the Centre for Dance Research in 2016.  This move underpinned her commitment both to dance and to interdisciplinary research.  Charlotte is involved in a number of roles with a range of organisations within the creative and cultural sector.  She is currently a trustee of Candoco Dance Company.

Cristina de Lucas, Treasurer

BA Law, BA English and Literature, MA Ballet Studies, PhD Dance Studies

After a career in the legal field where she combined her job as an Attorney at Law with collaborative roles on local and international cultural enterprises, Cristina de Lucas turned to dance research and criticism in 2009, when she moved to London. She obtained her doctorate from the Department of Dance at the University of Roehampton. Her fully-funded thesis focused on the confluence between dance and narrative in the repertory of the Royal Ballet’s choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. She was a member of the Dance Panel of the Laurence Olivier Awards in 2010, and currently contributes regularly to several dance publications in Spain and UK. Since 2017, she is a member of the Spanish Academy for the Performing Arts.

Bethany Whiteside, Membership Secretary

Dr Bethany Whiteside, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 

Dr Bethany Whiteside is Research Lecturer and Doctoral Degrees Coordinator at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her research focuses on the cultural and social analysis of participatory dance, often through ethnographic means, with a particular focus on the ballet, Highland, and Irish dancing genres. In addition to working closely with the doctoral cohort, Bethany also teaches critical and contextual studies on the BA Modern Ballet programme.

Bethany was a founding Co-Editor of the Scottish Journal of Performance and, in 2014, joined Temple University, Philadelphia, as a Visiting Research Scholar funded by the ESRC as an Overseas Institutional Visit. Since 2015, Bethany has worked closely with Scottish Ballet to evaluate and research a number of education programmes including the Dancers’ Education Group and Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland (run in partnership with Dance Base, Edinburgh).

Dr Bethany Whiteside is Research Lecturer and Doctoral Degrees Coordinator at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her research focuses on the cultural and social analysis of participatory dance, often through ethnographic means, with a particular focus on the ballet, Highland, and Irish dancing genres. In addition to working closely with the doctoral cohort, Bethany also teaches critical and contextual studies on the BA Modern Ballet programme.
Bethany was a founding Co-Editor of the Scottish Journal of Performance and, in 2014, joined Temple University, Philadelphia, as a Visiting Research Scholar funded by the ESRC as an Overseas Institutional Visit. Since 2015, Bethany has worked closely with Scottish Ballet to evaluate and research a number of education programmes including the Dancers’ Education Group and Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland (run in partnership with Dance Base, Edinburgh).

Kathryn Stamp, Newsletter Editor

Kathryn is a dance teacher, evaluator and PhD candidate at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University, UK. Her research interests span inclusive dance, dance in education and exploring the value and impact of dance. The current focus of her AHRC-funded PhD research is on photography-based interventions located within the intersection between dance and disability, following on from an evaluation of People Dancing’s ’11 Million Reasons to Dance’ project. Kathryn graduated with an MA in Education (Distinction) from University of Brighton (2016) and holds a first-class BA (Hons) in Dance Studies from Roehampton University (2010). Her Masters dissertation focused on the perceptions held by dance students as to the value of dance and its effect on life aspects, including education, relationships and wellbeing. Before starting her PhD, Kathryn was a Dance and Performing Arts teacher for four years and holds a PGCE (Dance) in Secondary Education and has been a guest lecturer at University of Brighton and Coventry University.

Jane Carr

Dr Jane Carr worked as a ballet dancer before studying dance in higher education. She was later a founding member of quiet, an artists’ group that collaborated on multidisciplinary performance works during the 1990’s.

Currently Head of School of Media and Performance at the University of Bedfordshire, Jane has taught in a range of higher Education contexts including at Trinity Laban.  She also worked for many years at Morley College in Southeast London to develop opportunities for adults and young people to participate in dance. She received a BA and MA in Dance Studies from Laban and a PhD from Roehampton University in 2008.

Dr Carr continues to develop upon  her doctoral research into embodiment in the context of a wide range of dance practices leading to publications on Uk Jazz dancing, Improvisaton and Choregraphy.  She is   Co- Investigator on the AHRC funded project ‘Dominica as a Centre of Excellence for the Preservation & Celebration of the Creole Culture through Language, the Arts and its indigenous Kalinagos’

Alexandra Kolb

Alexandra Kolb is Professor of Dance at the University of Roehampton. She is the author of Performing Femininity: Dance and Literature in German Modernism (2009) and many scholarly articles, and the editor of Dance and Politics (2011). She is a recent recipient of the Marlis Thiersch Prize (2017), the Gertrude Lippincott Award (2014), a British Academy/Leverhulme Grant (2015), and a Harry Ransom Fellowship (2013/2014). She is Research Degrees Convenor at Roehampton, Reviews Editor for Dance Research, and has been on the Executive Committee of the SDR since 2013.

Celena Monteiro

I am a Lecturer in Dance whose research interests focus on negotiations of gender, sexuality, race and class in popular performance. My research looks at Caribbean dance styles, transnational connectivities, and popular dance on screen. Within the Dance programme I lead the modules ‘Popular Dance’ and ‘Street Dances’, and supervise various Research Projects. 

I previously graduated with distinction in MA Dance Anthropology from the University of Roehampton, where I honed my research skills in gender, popular performance and postcolonial studies. Prior to this I studied BA Dance and Culture at the University of Surrey where I was awarded the Pauline Hodgens Prize for Outstanding Academic Writing. In addition to my academic work I am also an active dance practitioner with Zil’Oka- a French Caribbean Dance Ensemble based in London.

Debbie Norris

Debbie completed her vocational training at Elmhurst Ballet School, Surrey, graduating in 1997.  She holds a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies – Dance, from the University College of Ripon and York St John.  Her final dissertation was the culmination of a years field trip to New York, which involved an ethnographic study of tap dance and its master teachers including Jimmy Slyde, James ‘Buster’ Brown, and their protégés Savion Glover, and Jason Samuels Smith.

After completing her MA in Dance Studies at De Montfort University, Deborah received a scholarship to the Jose Limon Institute in New York in 2006. As part of her studies she performed and choreographed works that were performed at The Merce Cunningham Studios, Mark Morris Studios, and Gibney Dance.

Daniela Perazzo Domm – Events Secretary

Daniela Perazzo Domm is Senior Lecturer in Dance at Kingston University London. Her research interrogates the intersections of the aesthetic and the political in contemporary choreography. She writes on the ethical, po(i)etic and critical potentialities of experimental and collaborative dance practices. Her most recent publications include articles in Performance Philosophy Journal, Choreographic Practices and Contemporary Theatre Review. Her monograph project (Palgrave, forthcoming) examines the work of the choreographer Jonathan Burrows. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and span across the fields of performance theory, performance philosophy, dance dramaturgy and socially-engaged artistic practice. She is a founding member of the performing arts festival ‘Uovo’ (Milan, Italy), which supports experimental performance practice, and is co-convenor of the TaPRA Theatre, Performance and Philosophy working group. She received her PhD in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey (funded by a university scholarship) and holds an MA (with distinction, AHRC funded) in Performance and Culture from Goldsmiths College, University of London. At Kingston University, she teaches across seminar and studio settings and is postgraduate research coordinator for Dance and Drama.

Laura Robinson

Freya Vass- Rhee

Freya Vass-Rhee is a Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, with a specialism in dance/physical theatre. Prior to her appointment at Kent in 2013, sheinstructed at the University of California Riverside (2002-4), Saint Mary’s College of California (2006-7), Frankfurt University of Music and the Performing Arts (2008-13), and for Hollins University’s European Study dance programme (2011). Following a professional dance career, she studied Linguistics and Cognitive Science before completing an interdisciplinary PhD in Dance History and Theory (UC Riverside). Freya collaborated as Dramaturg and Production Assistant to The Forsythe Company from 2006-13 and has been a freelance dramaturg for choreographer David Dawson and the CORPUS ensemble (Royal Danish Ballet), among others. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Congress on Research in Dance (2004-8) and participates in numerous working groups on dance and science. Her principal research interests include cognitive dance studies, dance dramaturgy, performativity, devising, and arts-sciences interdisciplinarity. 

Victoria Hunter

Victoria Hunter (v.hunter@chi.ac.uk) Reader in Site Dance and Choreography, University of Chichester, UK.

Vicky’s 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 QuarterlyPerformance ResearchChoreographic 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 2020.

Victoria Phillips
Victoria Phillips is the author of Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy. Her next work is a political biography of Eleanor Lansing Dulles in divided Cold War Europe, 1945-1961. At present, she is a visiting professor at the Institute of International Relations at Corvinus University of Budapest and  a Distinguished Fellow at its Institute for Advanced Studies. She was a Lecturer in History at the European Institute and Department of History, Associated Faculty at the Harriman Institute, and will continue in 2020 as a Visiting Fellow in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics.

Through Columbia University’s Cultural Initiative at the European Institute, Victoria runs the Cold War Archival Research Project (CWAR) and takes advanced students from Columbia, the London School of Economics, and West Point Military Academy to archives in the US and Europe to conduct primary research on Cold War power. 

Dr Phillips’ articles have appeared in such varied publications as the New York TimesAmerican Communist History, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, Dance ChronicleBallet News, and Dance Research Journal. She has curated several public exhibitions in the United States and Europe, and has lectured at renowned universities, colleges, high schools, arts academies, and international institutes. At present she serves on the boards of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the European Institute at Columbia University, and the Historic Dance Theatre. She is on the editorial boards of American Communist History and Dance Chronicle. Her primary research is held at the Library of Congress as the Victoria Phillips Collection.

Sinibaldo De Rosa
Sinibaldo De Rosa is an ethnographer working at the intersections of Dance, Ritual and Performance studies. He recently completed an AHRC-funded PhD thesis at the University of Exeter and Cardiff University into which he explored contemporary staged adaptations of the semah, a movement form traditionally embedded in the rituals of the Alevis from Turkey.
In the past, he obtained a Grant from the Orient Institut Istanbul; a Diploma in Laban Movement Notation from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris; a Research Master’s in Area Studies from Leiden Universiteit; a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Bologna and two Erasmus scholarships to study at Marmara University and at the Middle East Technical University. He is an active member of several organisations including the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK & Commonwealth (ASA), the Dance Studies Association (DSA), the International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM) and the International Council of Kinetography Laban (ICKL).
While practicing several movement forms (such as ballet, capoeira, queer tango, and improvisatory movement styles), he currently works as an elderly care assistant and trains to become a Swedish Massage Therapist at Bristol City College.
He recently published chapters in the collections Ritual, Tanz, Bühne, edited by Hanna Walsdorf and Kathrin Stocker (2019, Leipziger Universitäätsverlag) and Aesthetic and Performative Dimensions of Alevi Cultural Heritage, edited by Martin Greve, Ulaş Özdemir and Raoul Motika (2020, Ergon Verlag).

Ella Tighe, Administrator

Ella is a dance artist & yoga teacher from Yorkshire, based in London/ The Netherlands. In 2015 Ella gained a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Dance Making & Performance. A contemporary dancer, Ella’s practice is informed by improvisation, yoga, somatic based practices and an expanded idea of what dance and choreography could be. Ella has performed and worked with a variety of different independent dance artists, alongside developing her own work.

As a yoga teacher, Ella teaches across various different London based Yoga Studios and is trained in Ashtanga, Dynamic Vinyasa, Rocket and Mandala Vinyasa. Ella regularly facilitates dance and movement within a variety of different contexts and is a lead facilitator for Flux Dance.

As an arts administrator and producer, Ella has worked for Decoda, Independent Dance, Notafe Estonia, Skinner Releasing Network and several independent dance artists. She is part of the Creation Box London team.

Ella is currently a student on the Masters Performance Practices degree at ArtEz in The Netherlands.

Website: www.ellatighe.com Instagram: @ellatighe