PhD and MPhil 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. The majority of students are on scholarships. 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 historical, analytical, anthropological and cultural studies of dance, as well as professional practice as research (choreography and performance).

For more information about the PhD/MPhil programme, contact Dr Avanthi Meduri, Research Degrees Convener: email: a.meduri@roehampton.ac.uk; telephone: +44 (0)20 8392 3448.


Current PhD/MPhil Students

  • Carlon Alexandra
    Tap Dancing in Heels: An exploration of gender in female tap dance choreography from the 1980s to present day
  • Sandie Bourne
    Black British Ballet: Race, Representation and Aesthetics
  • 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
  • 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?
  • Nathan James
    Re-Imagining the MGM Musical: The Development of Dance in the MGM Musical (1944-1957) and its influence on Dance in Musical Theatre (1992 to 2012)
  • 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
  • Ariadni Mikou
    Transgressing Disciplines: Hybrid Architectures, Choreographic Objects and Event-based Filmography
  • 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
  • Carolyn Roy
    The Work of Wandering: A new paradigm for dance practice and knowledge production
  • 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

Completed Doctorates

Suparna Banerjee
Emerging contemporary Bharatanatyam choreoscape in Britain: the city, hybridity and technoculture (2015)

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)

Natalie Garrett Brown
Somatic Techniques and Choreographic Process

Dorothy Jane Carr
Embodiment, Appreciation and Dance: Issues in relation to an exploration of the experience of London based, 'non-aligned' artists (2007)

Janis Campbell Daly
A Perplexing Pilgrimage: The Spectator as Mitreisender in the Tanztheater of Pina Bausch (2009)

Anne Daye
The Jacobean antimasque within the masque context: a dance perspective (2008)

Sara Houston
Quiet Revolutions? Philosophical and Other Concepts of Community Dance in the New Labour Years, 1997-2001 (2002)

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)

Shu-Ying Liu
Developing Generalists Teachers' Understanding of Dance Teaching in Early Childhood Education in Taiwan (2006)

Cristina de Lucas
Narrative Aspects of Kenneth MacMillan’s Ballet The Invitation

Lesley Main
The Dances of Doris Humphrey - An Investigation into Directorial Process and Co-authorship (2003)

Ashley McGill
Living with Parkinsonism: does dance help improve the quality of movement, functions and everyday activities?

Helly Minarti
Modern/Contemporary Dance in Asia: Bodies, Routes and Discourses (2014)

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)

Gwendoline Nurse
Competitive Ballroom Dancing as a Social Phenomenon: an Anthropological Approach

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)

Betina Panagiotara
Dance Chronicles from Athens: Artistic practices, structures & discourses in a period of crisis (2017)

Aikaterini Paramana
Performances of Thought, Resistance and Support: On the Role and Potential of Performance in the Contemporary Moment (2015)

Clare Parfitt
Capturing the Cancan: Body Politics from the Enlightenment to Postmodernity (2008)

Efrosini Protopapa
Possibilising Dance: A Space for Thinking in Choreography (2009)

Prarthana Purkayastha
Bodies Beyond Borders: Modern Dance in Colonial and Postcolonial India (2008)

Jenny Roche
Moving Identities: Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancers (2009)

Jamila Rodrigues
Gender in Islamic Ritual: Sufi women, embodiment and the 'self' (2017)

Bonita Rowell
An investigation into the critical anlysis of postmodern dances (2003)

Melina Scialom
Rudolf Laban in the 21st Century: A Brazilian Perspective

Tuuli Tahko
Making Sense of Dance-Making: Interaction and Organisation in Contemporary Choreographic Processes

Tamara Tomic-Vajagic
The Dancer's Contribution: Performing Plotless Choreography in the Leotard Ballets of George Balanchine and William Forsythe (2012)

Dionysios Tsaftaridis
Maya Deren's Screendance: A Formalist Approach (2009)

Amaryllis Tsegou
Flamenco in the Cosmopolis: Space, Participation and Cultural Consumption in an Urban Context (2013)

Steriani Tsintziloni
Modernising Contemporary Dance and Greece in the mid-1990s: Three Case Studies from SineQuaNon, Oktana Dancetheatre and Edafos Company (2012)

Katja Vaghi
The Baroque in Jirí Kylián: The Role Played by Intermedial References

Sarah Whatley
Beneath the Surface: The Movement Vocabulary of Siobhan Davies' Choreography Since 1988 (2002)