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Department of Dance to join debate on current state of South Asian Dance

 Students and academics in the Department of Dance will be participating in the annual Navadisha event, a leading international conference for South Asian Dance, later this month. 

Posted: 17 May 2016

The Department of Dance will engage in a compelling debate about the state and status of South Asian dance in British culture in relation to the changing nature of its dance audiences. ‘Navadisha’ means ‘New Directions’ in Sanskrit and this three day event will pose questions that are crucial for South Asian dance today.  It also celebrates fifteen years of breakthrough of achievements and exciting developments within the industry since the first conference in 2000.

Dr Avanthi Meduri and Dr Ann David from the Department of Dance will be speaking from their research on the significance of the South Asian dance voice in academic and the politics of outdoor arts.

Dr Ann David, Head of the Department of Dance said: “It is an exciting time in the South Asian dance sector and this conference takes place at a key moment of for the South Asian Dance industry in the UK. Significant issues of professionalization, education and training are on the agenda, and we look forward to contributing to this discussion."

The event unites everyone in the South Asian dance community from venues to policy-makers to leading choreographers, dance artists and dance companies globally. Keynote speakers include Akram Khan who has worked with Roehampton dance students to create the Big Dance and the renowned Shobana Jeyasingh.

The Department of Dance is rated number one for dance research in the UK (REF 2014). Students gain invaluable experience in the immersive dance culture at Roehampton to pursue their dance careers. Graduates are successful in a variety of roles including dance writers, community dance practitioners, curators of arts projects, choreographers, independent artists, teachers, and researchers.

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