Frances Clarke is a Senior Lecturer and the Course Leader for BA(Hons) Dance and BA(Hons) Dance and Drama, and lectures on the undergraduate dance programme and the postgraduate dance science programme. In her career, she has worked as a professional dancer, educator, and dance scientist, and these three areas influence her teaching and research at the University of Wolverhampton. In a performance career spanning over three decades she worked primarily as a dancer and Artistic Director of Springs Dance Company.
As a trained teacher and lecturer, she has set up and led a number of dance departments in the UK, and has worked as an artist in residence and an educational advisor. Keen to develop her interest in dance training and performance enhancement, she gained an MSc (Distinction) in Dance Science and is currently working on her PhD thesis: Static and dynamic balance within dance populations.
Frances has been at the University of Wolverhampton since 2004 and lectures on a range of areas including dance science, technique, repertoire, choreography, Laban Movement Analysis, and Labanotation. She supervises dissertations in dance science, education and dance history and analysis, and lectures in performance psychology at postgraduate level. Frances regularly presents her research at international conferences and has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal papers. Frances is a member of the Research Centre for Sport Exercise and Performance at the University of Wolverhampton.