Research students

Dance MPhil/PhD Programme

The international reputation and vibrant research culture of the Centre for Dance Research draw postgraduate students from all over the world. Typically, the Centre has over 30 research students, representing at least 15 nations. Upon gaining their PhD or MPhil, our postgraduate researchers have a high rate of employment within dance scholarship and practice. They have gone onto successful careers in academia and performance creation, and as performing artists, choreographers, and filmmakers.

The breadth of our internationally respected team of research-active supervisors is unique worldwide. Their exceptionally wide-ranging expertise spans a diversity of styles and methodologies. Postgraduate research includes philosophical, historical, analytical, anthropological, political and cultural studies of dance, as well as professional practice as research (choreography and performance).

For information about how to apply for a MPhil / PhD, visit the Graduate School site.

For information about the Dance MPhil / PhD programme, contact Professor Alexandra Kolb, Research Degrees Convener: email: ; telephone: +44 (0)20 8392 8107.

For a list of PhDs awarded, scroll down.

Current MPhil/PhD Students

  • Mel Brierley
    Changing Perspectives in the living Body: Perceptions of Dance and Parkinson's.
  • Lanora Callahan
    Assessing the socio-emotional impact of dance education on BME and underserved youth in the UK and US.
  • Susie Crow
    The ballet class: educating the creative dance artist.
  • Alison Curtis-Jones
    Transmission: Re-imagining Laban through body as archive
  • Alexandra Dias
    Solos in contamination: a cannibal practice.
  • Doris Dornelles de Ameida
    Multisensorial experiences and bodily intelligence of professional ballet dancers in training.
  • Eleni Drogari
    Dancing Self and Other: Women, Identity and the Moving Body in Cyprus
  • Catherine Dulin
    The Evolution of the Waltz in Vienna: A Socio-Cultural Analysis of the Dancing Embrace.
  • Elisa Frasson
    Performing Somatics – an insight in the European choreographic scene in the 1980s through the frame of somatic knowledge.
  • Clare Freeman-Sergeant
    A Choreomusical Analysis of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet: Investigating relationships between the music and dance in a variety of choreographic productions.
  • Magdalen Gorringe
    Institutions, Income and Integrity: South Asian Dance Agencies and the Emergence and Professionalisation of Classical Indian Dance in Britain.
  • Anna Heighway
    Can screendance do philosophy?
  • Gillie Kleiman
    Recreo-labour: work and not-work in professional choreography with non-professional performers.
  • E. Hollister Mathis-Masury
    John Cranko's Stuttgart Ballet: a historiography.
  • Alejandra Maturana
    The beauty of ugliness.
  • Elizabeth McLean
    Transforming a Classic: Choreomusical interpretations of Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty.
  • Rowan McLelland
    Red Bodies in Ballet in China.
  • Chloe Middleton-Metcalf
    'The Dancing English': English Social Folk Dancing 1932-2018
  • Deborah Norris
    21st Century Contemporary Ballet – Cathy Marston, (British) Narrative Ballet in a Contemporary World.
  • Thalia Mari Papadopoulou
    The Geometric Gaze: An enquiry into ancient Greek 'orchesis' and Bharatanatyam.
  • Lucia Piquero
    What makes dance works emotionally expressive?
  • Susanna Recchia
    In the Act of Dancing: Personal Processes of Interconnectedness.
  • Zoe Reeve
    Who are the heirs of amaXhosa dance? A structural and functional analysis of amaXhosa traditional dance in the rural Eastern Cape of South Africa.
  • Carolyn Roy
    The Work of Wandering: A new paradigm for dance practice and knowledge production.
  • Heike Salzer
    Romanticism in Screendance – The Body in Landscapes.
  • Chai Ju Shen
    Bodies in the city: Imaging Taiwaneseness through urban choreographies
  • Rachel Straus
    Reception and analysis of Nietzsche's Apollonian and Dionysian Aesthetics in Dance Scholarship, Criticism and Choreographic Practice.

MPhil/PhDs Awarded

Since 1998, the Department of Dance at the University of Roehampton has awarded more than 30 PhD degrees, as shown below.

  • Carlon Alexandra: Tap Dancing in Heels: An exploration of gender in female tap dance choreography from the 1980s to present day (MPhil 2018)
  • Nathan James: Re-imagining the MGM Musical: Authorship and adaptation in film and stage musicals (2018)
  • Ariadni Mikou: Choreographing Events: Demolition, Trace and Encounter (2018)
  • Betina Panagiotara: Dance Chronicles from Athens: Artistic practices, structures & discourses in a period of crisis (2018)
  • Deborah Williams: Finding Their Dance: A study of the narratives and claims of alterations of belief systems amongst non-professional dancers (2018)
  • Sandie Bourne: Black British Ballet: Race, Representation and Aesthetics (2017)
  • Jamila Rodrigues: Gender in Islamic Ritual: Sufi women, embodiment and the ‘self’ (2017)
  • Cristina de Lucas: Narrative Aspects of Kenneth MacMillan’s Ballet The Invitation (2016)
  • Ashley McGill: Living with Parkinsonism: does dance help improve the quality of movement, functions and everyday activities? (2016)
  • Nancy Ellen Miller: Dust, Stone, Circle: Tracing Maternal Ruins through Poetry and Dance (2016)
  • Tuuli Tahko: Making Sense of Dance-Making: Interaction and Organisation in Contemporary Choreographic Processes (2016)
  • Suparna Banerjee: Emerging contemporary Bharatanatyam choreoscape in Britain: the city, hybridity and technoculture (2015)
  • Katerina Paramana: Performances of Thought, Resistance and Support: On the Role and Potential of Performance in the Contemporary Moment (2015)
  • Melina Scialom: Rudolf Laban in the 21st Century: A Brazilian Perspective (2015)
  • Katja Vaghi: The Baroque in Jirí Kylián: The Role Played by Intermedial References (2015)
  • Helly Minarti: Modern/Contemporary Dance in Asia: Bodies, Routes and Discourses (2014)
  • Eline Kieft: Dance, Empowerment and Spirituality: An Ethnography of Movement Medicine (2013)
  • Sylvanus Kwashie Kuwor: Transmission of Ewe Dances in Ghana and in the UK (2013)
  • Amaryllis Tsegou: Flamenco in the Cosmopolis: Space, Participation and Cultural Consumption in an Urban Context (2013)
  • Tamara Tomic-Vajagic: The Dancer’s Contribution: Performing Plotless Choreography in the Leotard Ballets of George Balanchine and William Forsythe (2012)
  • Steriani Tsintziloni: Modernising Contemporary Dance and Greece in the mid-1990s: Three Case Studies from SineQuaNon, Oktana Dancetheatre and Edafos Company (2012)
  • Efrosini Protopapa: Possibilising Dance: A Space for Thinking in Choreography (2010)
  • Janis Campbell Daly: A Perplexing Pilgrimage: The Spectator as Mitreisender in the Tanztheater of Pina Bausch (2009)
  • Jenny Roche: Moving Identities: Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancers (2009)
  • Dionysios Tsaftaridis: Maya Deren’s Screendance: A Formalist Approach (2009)
  • Anne Daye: The Jacobean antimasque within the masque context: a dance perspective (2008)
  • Clare Parfitt: Capturing the Cancan: Body Politics from the Enlightenment to Postmodernity (2008)
  • Prarthana Purkayastha: Bodies Beyond Borders: Modern Dance in Colonial and Postcolonial India (2008)
  • Natalie Garrett Brown: Shifting Ontology: Somatics and the Dancing Subject, Challenging the Ocular within Conceptions of Western Contemporary Dance (2007)
  • Dorothy Jane Carr: Embodiment, Appreciation and Dance: Issues in relation to an exploration of the experience of London based, ‘non-aligned’ artists (2007)
  • Gwendoline Nurse: Competitive Ballroom Dancing as a Social Phenomenon: an Anthropological Approach (2007)
  • Shu-Ying Liu: Developing Generalists Teachers’ Understanding of Dance Teaching in Early Childhood Education in Taiwan (2006)
  • Kimiko Okamoto: Between the Ancient and the Modern: A Study of Danses à Deux in Duple-Metre within Changing Aesthetics in France 1700-1733 (2005)
  • Lesley Main: The Dances of Doris Humphrey – An Investigation into Directorial Process and Co-authorship (2003)
  • Bonita Rowell: An investigation into the critical analysis of postmodern dances (2003)
  • Sara Houston: Quiet Revolutions? Philosophical and Other Concepts of Community Dance in the New Labour Years, 1997-2001 (2002)
  • Sarah Whatley: Beneath the Surface: The Movement Vocabulary of Siobhan Davies’ Choreography Since 1988 (2002)
  • Geraldine Morris: A Network of Styles: Discovering the Choreographed Movement of Frederick Ashton (1904-1988) (2000)
  • Larraine Nicholas: The Lion and the Unicorn: Festival of Britain Themes and Choreography in the Postwar Decade (1999)
  • Henrietta Bannerman: The Work (1935-1948) of Martha Graham (1894-1991) with Particular Reference to an Analysis of Her Movement System: Vocabulary and Syntax (1998)