My research favours an intertextual and interdisciplinary analysis of the moving gendered body. I use a feminist cultural studies approach in order to read the dancing body across different interdisciplinary, geographic and historical matrices. This approach has led me to investigate specific women in the concert dance genre, including Louise Lecavalier and Agnes de Mille. I will be publishing a monograph length intertextual reading of the work and life of Martha Graham in the Spring of 2013.
Main areas of teaching interests: Western Dance History, Dance and Gender, Dance and Race, Dance and Cultural Studies, Poststructural Feminist Engagements with Cultural Phenomena, Feminist Theory, Choreography and Devising, New Strategies in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and Dance Research Methods.
Previous modules taught: Dance and Cultural Studies (first year), Movers and Shakers (Dance History Module) (first year), Personal and Professional Development (first year), Dance Journalism (second year), Research Methods (second year), Dance Innovators (third year) Dissertation Projects (third year) and Choreographic Processes 3: Devising and Performing (third year).
Main areas of interest: Facilitating Academic Writing (Academic Literacies Approach), Implementing use of VLEs (Virtual Learning Environments) in Dance Teaching Environment, Developing Reflective Teaching Practice.
Pursuit of interests: Completion in 2006 of Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Research project undertaken with SSPAL (School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure) Learning Coordinator Ben Andrews to facilitate academic writing for first year dance students using Virtual Learning Environments. Member of *Pathfinder Project* (through Higher Education Academy) implementing first year student learning through online personal portfolios.
STRONG>Outputs: Paper presentation of research into teaching academic writing to first year dance students through VLEs (with SSPAL Learning Coordinator Ben Andrews) at European First Year Experience Conference, Gothenburg Sweden.
2005 - present: Director of third year Dance Performance, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, UK