The 6th International Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2023

Thursday 13 July 2023 to Sunday 16 July 2023

Event details

Event Description

C-DaRE are pleased to announce the dates for the next Dance and Somatic Practices conference which will take place at the Centre for Dance Research in Coventry, UK Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2023. The conference will be in person and include paper presentations, practice research sharings, workshops and more from the international somatic community. There will be online offerings as part of the conference. 

We are pleased to invite proposals for the 6th International Dance & Somatic Practices Conference 2023.

The Dance & Somatic Practices Conference invites practitioners, dance artists and scholars from a range of somatic practices and disciplines to debate and share investigations in the field of somatic informed movement practices. The conference will take place in-person with the opportunity to present online.

The conference – Reconnections: Looking back, moving forward, enacting change – will offer a space to collectively engage with themes pertinent to the field of somatic practices internationally and to consider recent world events and concerns such as COVID-19, social justice and the climate emergency. Historically, the Dance & Somatic Practices Conference has been a moment for all areas of somatic practice, research and other modes of somatic enquiry to meet and share experience, knowledge and connection. This year we have recognized a need and desire in the wider somatic community to gather together in this way again. Welcoming different perspectives from the ever-enrichening field, we also want to
acknowledge, celebrate and honour who and what has come before, to reflect on what has happened in recent years and to collectively explore current and future priorities for our community.

We invite proposals for papers, panels, workshops, presentations and other formats that we may not have thought of that, through somatic movement and enquiry, engage with the following questions:

  • What do you consider are key topics of enquiry in the field today?
  • What do you consider are the pressing questions that will need to be
    addressed into the future?
  • What do you consider are the emerging topics of enquiry and how are
    these supported by the legacies in the field?
  • How do you imagine we might continue to develop sustainable formats
    for somatic practice and research, whether through conference, journals or
    other modalities?
  • What, in your opinion, has been missed in our explorations of somatics
    so far? 

The call is open to themes and perspectives such as but not limited to:

screendance; dance science; spirituality; body and environment; social justice; climate emergency; pedagogy and performance; politics and trauma; embodiment; ethics; care; technology; and non-Western perspectives.


We are accepting proposal submissions via Google Forms, you will be asked
to include the following:

  • Your proposal (max 500) words including the key theme(s) you will be examining please leave out any personal details as the proposals will be reviewed anonymously by the conference committee.
  • Details of any collaborators
  • Biographies
  • Your preference for presenting in person or online
  • Technical requirements - noting that only low-level technical requirements can be accommodated. Unfortunately, we cannot provide performance level technical support.

Deadline for the submissions: 30th November 2022.

Proposals should be submitted online via Google Forms please follow this link:
If you have any issues with the form or need any additional support with
the form please contact

Conference Committee

The conference is convened by the editors of the Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices: Natalie Garrett Brown; Eugenia S. Kim; Marie-Louise Crawley; and Lily Hayward-Smith.

Also joining the committee are: JDSP Editorial Manager Kathryn Stamp; C-DaRE PGR Jade Ward; and JDSP Board Member Malaika Sarco-Thomas. Proposals will be reviewed anonymously by the conference committee.

Conference Fees

Please note that conference fees will apply for presenters. Where institutional support or other funding is not available and for those on a lower income, lower fees will apply. There will also be a small number of bursary places available by application. Details of the fees and bursary application process will be available in due course.

In person Attendance

Online Attendance

Early Bird Rates – until 1st June 2023

Early Bird Rates – until 1st June 2023

Full conference -  £185

Full conference -  £92.50

Full conference concession* - £150

Full conference concession* - £75

Daily rate - £70

Daily rate - £35

Daily rate concession* -  £60

Daily rate concession* -  £30



Rates from 1st June 2023

Rates from 1st June 2023

Full conference - £200

Full conference - £100

Full conference concession* - £165

Full conference concession* - £82.50

Daily full rate - £80

Daily full rate - £40

Daily rate concession* - £70

Daily rate concession* - £35

*Concession rates apply to students and those not in full time employment

*Concession rates apply to students and those not in full time employment



Coventry Serviced Apartments: 
These links include a conference discount. 
Old County Court, 37 Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RN 

Belgrade Plaza, Sava House, Upper Well St, Coventry CV1 4FJ 

There are also several hotels nearby:  
The Telegraph Hotel 
157 Corporation Street, Coventry, CV1 1GU  

Premier Inn 
Coventry City Centre (Belgrade Plaza), Bond Street, Coventry CV1 4AH  

Coventry City Centre (Earlsdon Park), 53 Butts Road, Coventry CV1 3BH  

Coventry City Centre, Mile Lane, CV1 2LN  

Travelodge Coventry Binley is just a 10-minute drive away from the University and is a fantastic budget-friendly option for delegates with room rates from just £37.99. All standard double rooms feature a comfy king-size bed, and early booking is recommended to secure the best rates. 

There are also many hotels outside of the city centre. 

The International Dance and Somatic Practices Conference works alongside the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. Click the button to read recent issues.