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Department of Dance hosts ground-breaking Dance Fields Conference

Dance academics and practitioners will gather at the University of Roehampton next week for a major four-day conference addressing the latest debates in the discipline.

Posted: 12 April 2017

The sold-out conference, Dance Fields: Staking a Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st Century, will welcome 130 academics, practitioners and students from the UK, U.S., Europe and Africa. Asking ‘where are we now?’ Dance Fields will focus on strategic issues and questions with particular relevance to the UK sector. Presentations, panels, workshops, and performances will explore contemporary artistic practices. They will reflect on new developments in digital technology, dance education, choreographic approaches, and the social, political and aesthetic factors that impact the field.

Academics and practitioners from Roehampton’s Department of Dance who are presenting at the conference include:

  • Dr Stacey Prickett, Principal Lecturer, and Dr Helena Hammond, Senior Lecturer, giving papers on Dance Studies as an academic discipline,
  • Erica Stanton, Principal Lecturer, convening a workshop on the aims of the dance technique class,
  • Dr Ann David, Reader, and Dr Tamara Tomic-Vajagic, Lecturer, on a panel about postgraduate dance studies,
  • Elaine Thomas, Lecturer in Dance Technique, leading a practical session on experimental methodologies,
  • Several current and past PhD students presenting their research,
  • Lecturer Georgia Tegou, giving a preview performance of her new dance work, Figures.


Dr Prickett said, “The conference will showcase scholarship and dance practice across the generations. We are proud to host an event at Roehampton and hear from world-leading researchers and practitioners as well as current PhD students.”

Held 19-22 April, the conference is convened jointly by the Centre for Dance Research (CDR), University of Roehampton; Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University; and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID), De Montfort University. Find out more on the conference website.

 The Department of Dance is rated number one for dance research in the UK (REF 2014). It has the world’s largest PhD programme in dance and offers a new comprehensive master’s portfolio. These outstanding degrees are MAs in Dance Anthropology, Dance Philosophy and History, Dance Politics and Sociology; MFA in Choreography; MRes Choreography and Performance; and the Choreomundus International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage.

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