Four dance students present at sixth annual British Conference of Undergraduate Research

Roehampton Dance Department recently had four of its students present their research at the esteemed British Conference of Undergraduate Research. 

Posted: 22 April 2016

At this annual event, four students from the department were invited to share their research with undergraduates across the UK. Ranging from hip-hop to ballet, the students’ research covered diverse areas from the world of dance.

Ioanna Vazelaki, a third year said: “Trained as a ballet dancer since the age of three, I focused on my passion for ballet by investigating the representation of the female ballet dancer in Edgar Degas’s paintings and preparatory works. Presenting my dissertation research was such a memorable experience! I enjoyed sharing my findings to a wide spread audience and I received both interesting questions and positive comments.”

The conference provided the students with a valuable experience in preparation for their careers. It also gave them a chance to network with people to make connections with future collaborators in continuing their research projects.

Francesca Miles said: “Presenting at the conference was such a cool opportunity. My research explored how hip-hop dance theatre could be defined as a genre and also how it has developed within the UK. As a hip-hop dancer myself, my writing was based on my experiences within the field, but I also conducted interviews with five renowned London dance artists to get their perspectives on my research questions.”

The other students attending the conference included Jessica Murray who presented her research on how contact improvisation can help women who have experienced domestic abuse and Harriet Roberts who shared her work on internal movement and altered states of consciousness in dance.

Dr Ann David, Head of the Department of Dance said: “We are pleased that our students have opportunities to share their research and gain vital experiences needed for their careers in dance. We are proud that our students each year have been engaged in rich and passionate projects in current research in dance and performance.”

To find out more about how you could get involved in an opportunity like this and study dance, visit our BA Dance Studies course page.

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