There has been a great deal of work going on with the research side of our dance department.
Firstly, the latest copy of Research in Dance Education, edited by our Dr Angela Pickard, the subject lead for Subject Lead for Dance, Drama and Performing Arts and Principal Investigator Dance for Health Research at Sidney De Hann Centre for Arts and Health has been released recently. This issue, focusing on the teaching of dance and different aspects of world dance curriculum, is part of an ongoing journal looking into dance education and is well worth a read. (Please see link below)
As well as this, the Canterbury Dance Company (formed by Dr. Pickard in 2009 and is currently Artistic Director and choreographer), a 14 strong auditioned group made up of undergraduate and postgraduate dancers, have had a number of performance projects throughout the year. Previous work has involved collaborations with classical and jazz musicians and sound artists and has been choreographed by Angela Pickard such as Gravity Falls (2012), Piano in the Woods (2014) and Lamentation (2015). They have also had guest choreographers such as Matthias Sperling and dancers from Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company as artists in residence.
This year they undertook Dance Re-Mix – a showcase performance of student choreography in Anselm as part of Canterbury Festival and a lyrical piece for the Carols by Candlelight in the Cathedral accompanied by the Top Voice University choir. The current piece they are working on is being choreographed by guest choreographer Ash Mukhejee.