Roehampton staff and alumni contribute to the Routledge Companion to Dance Studies

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The latest Routledge Companion to Dance Studies, co-edited by Stacey Prickett, includes contributions by several staff and alumni from the Department of Dance

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The newly published Routledge Companion to Dance Studies is a comprehensive guide to key features of dance studies as the field stands today, while pointing to potential future developments. It is aimed at academics and upper-level students, and draws on the expertise of leading dance scholars.

The book's 33 chapters, arranged in seven sections, consider everything from training and engagement, to society and culture. The Companion was co-edited by Editor in Chief for Dance Research Journal and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music's Professor of Dance Studies, Helen Thomas, and Dr Stacey Prickett, Reader in Dance Studies at the University of Roehampton.

Roehampton Dance staff and alumni contributed a number of chapters: Reader Dr Beatrice Allegranti, (‘Moving Kinship: Between choreography, performance and the politics of life and loss’); Deputy Head of Department Dr Sara Houston (‘Different bodies: A case study of dance and people with Parkinson's); Dance Research Professor Stephanie Jordan (‘Watching and Listening to Dance: Choreomusical Analysis’); Professor of Dance Alexandra Kolb (‘Urban Spaces, Domesticity and the Performance of the Everyday’); Honorary Research Fellow and PhD alumnus Dr Larraine Nicholas (‘Female Dancers on the Variety Stage in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain’); and PhD alumnus and Professor at Coventry University, Sarah Whatley (‘Digital preservation of dance, inclusion and absence’).

Stacey explained: ‘The diversity of artist voices is unique, as performers, teachers, historians and choreographers interrogate dance and the body through a wide range of analytical discourses, including anthropology, history, psychology, cultural studies and sociology. There is a strong emphasis on challenging academic hierarchies though giving voice to those often deemed as “other”.’

For more information about the Routledge Companion to Dance Studies, visit the Routledge website.

For more information on some of the themes explored by Roehampton's dance researchers, visit the Centre for Dance Research.