Study With Us

Study With Us

Why C-DaRE?

  • World-leading dance researchers
  • Links with national and international dance sector
  • Leading artist-researchers
  • Interdisciplinary culture
  • Firm links with regional and national dance community
  • Expert supervisors
  • Programme of leading-edge dance research events
  • Collegial and supportive research environment

Our academic experts

The Centre specialises in an inclusive interdisciplinary approach to diverse forms of artistic and scholarly research in dance supported by new approaches to documentation, analysis and dissemination of choreographic creativity.

Our researchers are experts in dance practice, performance, philosophy and analysis; the intersection between dance and digital technologies, cultural heritage, health and wellbeing, and legal and ethical frameworks; and the historical, cultural and political movements that have shaped dance today.

For further information on their areas expertise please visit the C-DaRE Pure Portal.

Stimulating learning environment

C-DaRE’s research projects range from large-scale collaborative projects to smaller scale projects on a local, regional or national level. Many combine our own expertise with multi or interdisciplinary teams of researchers to explore particular challenges facing the creative and cultural industries. Our research is often initiated by, or involves international choreographers and dance artists; together we are excited by developing new ways to make and document dance, to enhance appreciation of dance and to find ways to enhance people’s lives through participating in dance.

C-DaRE is also home to international peer-reviewed Journals. These include the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and the Journal of Dance, Movement and Spiritualities, published by Intellect. Our publications include several sole and jointly authored books, book chapters, journal articles, films, exhibitions, and various live, digital and immersive performance outputs.

We are a team of international researchers, research professionals and a large community of PhD candidates, researching a range of topics connected to our core themes. 

Collaborations and Partnerships

Our funded research, often centred on our collaboration with partners across the cultural sector, ranges from major projects funded by Research Councils, the European Commission, the Leverhulme and Wellcome Trusts, British Academy, British Council, to smaller seed funding by the HEA and artist-led projects funded by Arts Council England. Our research projects range from large-scale collaborative projects to smaller scale projects on a local, regional or national level. Many combine our own expertise with multi or interdisciplinary teams of researchers to explore particular challenges facing the creative and cultural industries. Our research is often initiated by, or involves international choreographers and dance artists; together we are excited by developing new ways to make and document dance, to enhance appreciation of dance and to find ways to enhance people’s lives through participating in dance.

Practice Research

As experts in practice research, many of our projects are focused on the generation, transmission and analysis of practice research, made for stages, screens and a variety of other indoor and outdoor sites, including virtual environments. Working as, and with, leading dance makers, our research has also explored the role of new technologies in the how dance is created and encountered.

With a rigorous approach to practice research as methodology we demonstrate how dance plays a vital role in enabling and sustaining the cultural, physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of the wider population.

Diverse research methods and modes of knowledge generation

Many of our researchers are bringing dance expertise to advance thought within continental and analytical philosophy, critical theory, politics, gender studies and are exploring a growing area of interest in ethics within performance practice, including in working with refugees, migrant and other marginalized communities. Our research methods enable further links between fundamental thinking and theory generation, and solving real world challenges and problems.

Coventry University ranked 15 in the UK
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year for student experience
QS Five Star Rating 2019
Coventry City of Culture 2021