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The Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) brings together artists and scholars, working collaboratively with partners from across the creative and cultural industries for interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange. 

The Centre specialises in an inclusive approach to diverse forms of artistic research in dance, supported by new approaches to documentation, analysis and augmentation of choreographic creativity. C-DaRE projects are funded by the AHRC, Leverhulme Trust, European Commission, HEA, Wellcome Trust and the Digital Catapult. Successful candidates at C-DaRE will join a large team of researchers and PhD students who have many contacts with dance artists and companies, in the UK and worldwide.

There is helpful information about studying as a post-graduate student at Coventry University that you can find here: http://www.coventry.ac.uk/study-at-coventry/postgraduate-study/

You will find information any about postgraduate opportunities at C-DaRE on our News Page

To find out more about studying at C-DaRE read on! 


What is it like to be a PhD student at C-DaRE?

The growing research environment and PhD community that is currently flourishing at C-Dare provides an equally exciting and fertile research context for current and future students and collaboratively created research events are now happening regularly. Paula Kramer former Coventry University PhD student.

C-DaRE is based in the Institute for Creative Enterprise or ICE building near the University Technology Park. It is just a 7 minute walk from Coventry train station and a similar distance to the rest of the University campus and library. Go to our Visit Us page to see us on the map! 

We have a large dedicated PhD workspace with a number of hot-desking spaces and computers. Students also have access to the ground floor dance studio and a number of meeting/ events rooms. Access to other studio space is also available in the School of Media and Performance.

While studying for a PhD is an individual pursuit activity there are many opportunities to become part of a research community. This includes regular PhD gatherings, the Centre’s international seminar series and Centre-based research symposia and conferences. Students also organise their own regular reading group and there is the possibility of joining classes on the undergraduate dance program. 

PhD students at C-DaRE have the opportunity to get involved with all of our events in many different ways including submitting proposals, volunteering to help out, or joining the organising committee. Students may also gain experience of Journal production by supporting the editorial processes with our own Journals. Getting involved will also give students valuable experience in the field while studying.  

Research Themes

C-DaRE's research themes are many and varied. To find out more about what areas we are working in please visit our Current Projects page and Our People page to find out about the research interests of our staff and current PhD students.


Past Student Stories

Two of our previous post gradaute students share their PhD stories below. 

Paula Kramer

PhD 2015

Thesis Title: Dancing Materiality. A Study of Agency and Confederations in Contemporary Outdoor Dance Practices. Can be viewd here https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/file/95453abd-9ad9-4154-bd46-7affd402bba7/1/Kramer%202015.pdf

Supervision: Prof. Sarah Whatley and Dr. Natalie Garrett Brown

“I’ve been part of the first small group of University funded PhD students in dance who began their research projects in 2009. Since then I have witnessed the small and dedicated research setting for dance at Coventry grow into what is now C-DaRE

I have very much enjoyed and profited from the friendly and committed atmosphere of Coventry’s dance research community and feel absolutely privileged to have been part of what was then a very intimate setting. My experience of supervision has been superb, and whilst my supervisors were as busy as we all tend to be, they were also unfalteringly available whenever I needed them. My final performance as well as my thesis would neither have come into being nor seen its completion without their ceaseless support, availability for feedback and advice, joyful sense of humour, acknow­ledge­ment of all small steps taken and an unfaltering belief in practice.

Since the completion of my PhD I have continued to develop my research and movement practice and began a post-doctoral researcher post at the newly created Centre for Artistic Research at the University of the Arts in Helsinki in September 2016. In this framework I now continue to explore intermateriality in contemporary outdoor dance practices as well as furthering the ongoing development of artistic research methodologies.”


Hetty Blades

PhD 2015

Thesis TitleScoring Dance: The Ontological Implications of 'Choreographic Objects'

Supervision: Prof. Sarah Whatley and Dr. Scott deLahunta

"I completed by PhD at C-DaRE between 2012-15, working with Sarah Whatley and Scott deLahunta. My research examined the ontological implications of emerging forms of digital documentation. I found the PhD experience extremely rich and was very well supported throughout the process.

Alongside my research I was able to get involved with some of the exciting projects and events happening at the Centre. This gave me important experience of presenting my research, working on projects, teaching and so on.

Being in the Centre also meant that I was also able to meet a lot of people working in similar areas to me. Throughout the PhD process, conversations and collaborations with my peers was really important to the development of my ideas. Although at that time the community was much smaller than it is today, there have always been lots of opportunities for exchange. Furthermore, I found the PhD structure implemented by the University enabled me to stay on track with my work.

I strongly recommend doing a PhD at C-DaRE. I found the environment supportive, constructive and productive. I am now working as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Centre (link to profile), which allows me to work on funded projects as well as continuing my own research. It’s a really exciting time to be involved with C-DaRE, as it continues to grow and develop."


For enquiries about PhD's at C-DaRE please email Victoria Thoms at ac1420@coventry.ac.uk