• The Centre for Dance Research organises an annual series of research seminars, panel discussions, and lecture demonstrations by international scholars and dance artists as well as those from the UK and Roehampton. The Centre also hosts high-profile symposia and international conferences.


    CDR Events

    CDR events are free and open to the public. They take place on the campus of the University of Roehampton. For more information, contact Chris Jones, research facilitator: chris.jones@roehampton.ac.uk; 0208 392 5145.


    CANCELLED - The dynamics of African dance praxis in South Africa: the interplay between dance heritage, cultural policy and education

    Dr. Patricia Achieng Opondo, Senior Lecturer in African Music and Dance, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
    28 April 2016, 1-2.00pm, GH.010 (Grove House), Froebel College, University of Roehampton
    Free, all welcome, no need to book

    The research seminar examines ways in which dance praxis in South Africa is influenced by three pillars - dance heritage including socio-cultural values, identity, aesthetics and meaning; the political dimension of cultural policy - principles that promote and safeguard dance; finally the transmission of African dance in formal education contexts.

    Dr. Patricia Achieng Opondo is Senior Lecturer in African Music and Dance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, where she also serves as the Director of the African Music Project and Curator of the annual African Cultural Calabash festival. She is Chair of the ICTM Study Group on African Musics and serves as Southern Africa Vice President of the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education.


    Postgraduate Symposium

    PhD students in Dance organise a postgraduate symposium annually or biennially. The 2016 symposium, 'Positioning', will take place on Tuesday 17 May. Read more...


    CDR Events Online


    Past International Conferences

    • British Dance Institutions: Past, Present and Future (2012)
    • Thinking Through Dance: The Philosophy of Dance Performance and Practices (2011)
    • Dance History: Politics, Practices and Perspectives (2010), in collaboration with the Society for Dance Research
    • Sound Moves: An International Conference on Music and Dance (2005), in conjunction with Princeton University and the Society for Dance Research
    • Practice as Research (2003 and 2006)
    • Structures and Metaphors in Baroque Dance (2001)
    • The Politics of Dance Preservation (1997)
    • Following in Sir Fred's Steps (1994), a collaboration with the Royal Ballet
  • Past CDR Events

    Speakers Since 2012/13

    • Gaby Agis [listen online]
    • Kirsty Alexander
    • Stefanie Alisch
    • Dr Simon Bayly
    • Nicole Beutler
    • Meytal Blanaru
    • Dr Maaike Bleeker
    • Dr Carol Brown
    • Professor Theresa Buckland
    • Dr Chifang Chao [listen online]
    • Professor Ananya Chatterjea
    • Dr Emilyn Claid
    • Dr Renee M. Conroy
    • Dr Scott deLahunta [watch online]
    • Dr Ann R. David
    • Dr David Davies
    • Dr Catherine Foley [listen online]
    • Dr Karin Eli
    • Dr Simon Ellis
    • Dr Konstantina Georgelou
    • Sheila Ghelani
    • Dr Maureen Gupta
    • Dr Helena Hammond
    • Dr Sara Houston
    • Amy Howard
    • Dr Felicia Huges-Freeland
    • Jennifer Jackson
    • Dr Jean Johnson Jones
    • Professor Stephanie Jordan
    • Dr Christina Kostoula
    • Gillie Kleiman
    • Rosemary Lee
    • Dr Tiziana Leucci
    • Dr Mary-Jo Lodge
    • Ashley McGill
    • Dr Dana Mills
    • Dr Rachel Morley
    • Dr Gay Morris
    • Dr Geraldine Morris
    • Dr Larraine Nicholas
    • Dr Edward Nye
    • Katja Nyqvist
    • Dr Silvestru Petac
    • Dr Carine Plancke [listen online]
    • Dr Nina Power
    • Dr Efrosini Protopapa
    • Kimiko Okamoto
    • Anita Ratnam
    • Dr Danielle Robinson
    • Professor Janice Ross
    • Susan Sentler
    • Dr Jonathan Skinner
    • Dr Danae Theodoridou
    • Professor Julie Van Camp
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