Research report launch event— Independent dancers: Roles, motivation and success

It is our pleasure to invite you to the launch event of a new research report exploring the working lives of independent dancers at the University of Bedfordshire on the 27th April, 6pm.


At the event we will present the findings of our research into the roles and working patterns of independent dancers, the advantages and disadvantages of working in the sector, the psychological factors which help dancers to succeed, and how their work is shaped by wider perceptions about the dance industry.


We will hear from industry experts and dancers working in the independent dance sector, and there will be time for networking and discussions with presenters and delegates.


Delegates will also receive a copy of the research report.


The schedule for the evening is as follows:


  • 6.00pm: Registration and tea/coffee
  • 6.30pm: Keynote talk (Kirsty Alexander and Gitta Wigro from Independent Dance)
  • 7.00pm: Research presentation (Dr Imogen Aujla and Rachel Farrer from the University of Bedfordshire)
  • 7.30pm: Coffee break
  • 7.45pm: Panel discussion (with Sarah Butler, Tim Casson, Tori Drew and Lewys Holt)
  • 8.30pm: Drinks and networking


This event will be of interest to professional dance artists, academics, teachers and students interested in understanding and debating the independent dance sector.


This is a free event but you do need to register in order to secure your place.



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