New Head of Dance

Dr Ann R. David has been appointed as Head of Dance.

Posted: 18 March 2013

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Dr Ann R. David

The University of Roehampton is delighted to announce that Dr Ann R. David has been appointed to the position of Head of Dance. Ann is currently Principal Lecturer at the University and will take over from Toby Bennett on 1 May 2013.

Ann is trained in ballet, folk and contemporary dance styles, as well as the Indian classical styles of Bharatanatyam and Kathak. Her research interests include dance and popular culture; South Asian dance (including classical, folk and Bollywood); dance, culture and identity; dance and religion, and dance ethnography and anthropology. She is currently co-investigator for an AHRC-funded project which looks at the cultural life and history of the Southall area of west London. She was awarded a Roehampton Teaching Fellowship in 2010 for work setting up a new scheme of employability within the undergraduate programme.

Professor Lynn Dobbs, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Roehampton said “Toby has done a fantastic job as Head of Dance and I am confident that Ann will build on his legacy to take the Department of Dance to new highs.”

Of her appointment, Dr Ann R. David said: “I am really excited to be taking the Department of Dance forward and building upon the excellent work that Toby Bennett has done. I, and my colleagues within the department, am committed to maintaining the University of Roehampton as the leading centre for dance studies and research in the UK.”

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