Resilience: Articulating Dance ‘Knowledges’ in the C21st

Advance information of the DanceHE Annual Symposium, hosted by De Montfort University 9th April 2015.

Resilience: Articulating Dance ‘Knowledges’in the C21st.

This one-day event for DanceHE members, researchers, artists and collaborative partners, is an opportunity to share our resourcefulness in identifying new strategies to sustain and enhance dance in the UK higher education sector.

Together we face many challenges in teaching and research in dance, in supporting the experience of learners, the content of future curricula, and the value of dance as a discipline and inter-discipline. We ask what are the emerging opportunities and challenges for dance in higher education and what priorities need to be addressed for dance to flourish in the C21st.

The event celebrates the broadening identity and impact of dance as a discipline in higher education and the cultural economy more broadly. The aim of the symposium is to enhance awareness of diverse dance practices and cultures and to realise the values inherent in working together.

The day will include keynote presentations and opportunities to share in a debate  of the intelligent, creative and meaningful action that is dance.

                “In place of curiosity, what we have is a culture of compliance” (Ken Robinson).

                        How might dance / how does dance resist a culture of compliance?

Open Call for Contributions

Expressions of interest are invited from individuals and/or groups who would like to contribute to the day.  Contributions may be in the form of shared panels (30mins), solo or shared provocations (10mins), paper presentations (20mins), contribution to a light lunch-Petcha Kucha (6mins) or a workshop (1hour).

Where possible costs will be kept to a minimum for DanceHE members.
If you or your institution is not a member yet please visit the link below for all the information that you will need to get started.

Information regarding preparation for the publication of the proceedings will follow shortly.

Possible Themes
The ideas shown here are indicative and not intended to be an exhaustive list. Please feel free to submit a proposal that extends the range and shares your work.

*       What are the values of dance to celebrate and to defend?
*       What is distinctive in our work as educators, artists and scholars?
*       Are there evident narratives of change in the context of a global community of practice?
*       How can we give dance a voice in terms of leadership and excellence?
*       How and where does advocacy for dance education take place?
*       How is the contribution of dance to the economy, cultural capital and arts infrastructure recognized and debated?
*       Where does professional/industry practice feature in programme design and delivery?
*       What do we recognise as a UK model of DanceHE?
*       How far is dance enabling and supporting the visibility of dance artists working with impairments and disability.

 Knowledge from the inside
*       What questions is the dance discipline asking in the C21st?
*       What role can dance science play in knowledge generation?
*       What questions should the dance discipline ask and address?
*       What makes dance relevant inside HE?
*       How is dance in conversation with culture?
*       What is current in dance scholarship and research?
*       What is, ‘a research informed curriculum?’
*       Where does dance research lead agendas for change?
*       Where does dance research take place and where does it go?
*       How is digital innovation informing programme delivery?
*       What identifies a Dance graduate in the UK?
*       What are the benefits and challenges of working in partnerships with professional industry?

Revealing Practice
*       How can we fully embrace the relationships between theory and practice?
*       How can we improve the dissemination of the value of bodily thinking?
*       Where can we see the findings from dance research integrated into culture?
*       What do we get out of improvisation? Does improvisation in the curriculum only make clones?
*       How can history be explored in the dance studio?
*       Is it time to ask about how we deliver choreography?
*       How can we re-imagine dance fit for a future?

Important Deadlines             Submission Deadline – Dec 19th, 2014

Please include:

Title of Proposal:
Outline proposal (250 word max)
Type of presentation:
Technical or space requirements:
Email Contact:

Notification of acceptance will be given by 1st February, 2015.

Please submit to the Secretary of DanceHE Laura Griffiths at –

For further information  and any questions about the event please contact

Fiona Bannon
 Natalie Garrett Brown

We intend to publish a referred publication after the event, information about this will be forwarded at a later date.