Studying Dance Changed my Outlook

by Kathryn McLane
16 November 2015

Hello, my name is Kathryn McLane and I studied my Bachelor’s degree in dance in the US. As an American, I wanted to study at the University of Roehampton because its unique MA Dance Anthropology degree is unlike any Masters programmes available in the United States. I came to the UK on a Fulbright grant, specifically funding a MA in Dance at the University of Roehampton. My friend recommended that I take a look at the grant, and when I saw the Dance Anthropology MA everything just clicked!

This degree allowed me to combine my academic and artistic passions and to work closely with leaders in the field of Dance Anthropology in the culturally rich city of London. My course has provided me with opportunities to expand my knowledge and practice of dance in new ways. I appreciated the international nature of the dance department at Roehampton. I had the opportunity to take classes with teachers and students from all over the world. This diversity contributed a richness to discussions in class and to my continued exploration of dance.

Kathryn McLane

I enjoyed collaborating with students from the other MA dance programmes both within and outside of the context of my degree. I had the opportunity to perform with the Curet Performance Project – the director of which studied in the MA Dance Studies programme. Another opportunity I had was to dance for a MFA Choreography student in a project resulting from her collaboration with a composer from the Royal Academy of Music.

The teachers in the dance department constantly challenged and encouraged me to produce engaging and relevant work. However, I most enjoyed the Ethnographic Fieldwork module, taught by Theresa Buckland. This class gave me the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained from my previous modules to a real situation in the field. I gained a first-hand understanding of the importance and challenges of going into the field for research. This module ultimately changed the way that I approach the study of dance and also the way I view human relationships in general.

I am currently still living in London and working at the Barbican centre. I'm starting an internship at a consulting firm next week. My plans are to stay in London as long as possible!

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