British Dance Institutions: Past, Present and Future

19 May 2012
University of Roehampton

A one-day conference curated by the Society for Dance Research, the University of Roehampton and London Studio Centre, with support from the Linbury Trust

In recognition of a landmark year that commemorates the Society’s 30th anniversary as well as London’s hosting of the Olympics and allied cultural events, this conference explored the proliferation of British dance institutions and the diversity and vibrancy of the UK dance sector. The Society for Dance Research is dedicated to the promotion and support of high-quality dance scholarship that encompasses the diversity and range of dance cultures, those based in the UK especially.

Presentations focused on a wide range of themes, including:

  • The birth of British dance institutions and the emergence of a UK-based dance ecology, including the Royal Academy of Dance, British Ballet Organisation, the Royal Ballet School and London Contemporary Dance School
  • Beyond the dance organisation: dance in relation to UK cultural organisations such as the Arts Council and the BBC
  • The impact of British dance institutions within national contexts and as part of transnational collaborations, including the development of community dance as a field
  • The role of British dance institutions within a globalised cultural economy
  • Multicultural dance practices and institutions, such as Akademi and the African People’s Dance sector
  • The management, curation, and archiving of dance in the UK, including Siobhan Davies’ RePlay archive and the National Resource Centre for Dance
  • Staging UK dance: the role of the dance venue, such as Sadler’s Wells Theatre
  • Significant teachers, choreographers and company directors (Dorothy Madden, Ninette de Valois, Robert Cohan)
  • The British Dance Press

Conference committee
Dr Henrietta Bannerman, Dr Stacey Prickett, Dr Vicki Thoms, Lise Uytterhoeven, Professor Margaret McGowan, Dr Richard Ralph