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A Manifesto for Dance

Posted by on November 20, 2019 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (2)

It's election season, and while the main political parties are putting together their general election manifestos, I wondered what I would propose if I put together a dance manifesto of my own.


If I was to lead a political party it would be The Dance Party, and this would be our manifesto; it is a manifesto to enhance the physical and intellectual wellbeing of the nation.


Dance is a central part of human life. We need a political culture which recognises ...

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Seven stupid reasons why same-sex dancing shouldn't be allowed on Strictly Come Dancing.

Posted by on September 10, 2019 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (2)

It’s the start of the Strictly Come Dancing season and people are jumping from foot-to-foot and hopping up and down at the prospect of same-sex couples dancing on Saturday night TV.

I was contacted by the BBC yesterday and asked for my views on same-sex dancing, and whether I thought it should be included in Strictly Come Dancing. I really couldn't see any reason why same-sex dancing should be tr...

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Q&A: Why I went on Britains Got Talent

Posted by on May 18, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (3)

Why did you apply for BGT?

As a university lecturer I love my subject, the Psychology of Movement and Dance. I wanted to give the biggest lecture of my life and to share my subject with the largest possible audience. As no one has ever given a lecture on Britain’s Got Talent before I thought the world was ready for an entertaining and groovy lecture. Also, I heard that the auditions would be held at the London Palladium, and walking on that stage has been a d...

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Psychology of Watching Dance @ Sadler's Wells

Posted by on June 4, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (3)

I'll be giving a pre-show talk on the Psychology of Watching Dance

at Sadler's Wells, London

on Saturday 21st June from 6.45 to 7.15.

it's FREE

My dad didn't get modern dance. He used to say things like: "What am I meant to be looking at?", "Wha...

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Older dancing bodies

Posted by on June 4, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (8)

I read a paper this morning on older women in dance and it reminded me of an excerpt from Pina – the film by Wim Wenders based on the work of Pina Bausch.  The paper is about “the look of youth” and how women, who are not in their youth, think about their moving, dancing, bodies. Pina Bausch’s dance company included older as well as younger dancers and she used both to create psychologically rich pieces. I recommend watching Kontakthof - Mit damen ind herren ab 65...

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Male dancers look silly wearing tights

Posted by on June 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Since attending a day of discussion on Dad Dancing with Second Hand Dance at the Battersea Arts Centre I’ve been thinking about attitudes towards men and dance. About why it’s sometimes seen as comical that men dance, about why more men don’t dance and about the stereotype of male dancers. I was pleased to find a reasonable body of academic literature on the subject. More on that in a bit.


I spent the summer of 2012 working with the Rochdale Hornets rugby...

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Ballet for Older Men

Posted by on June 1, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been dancing jazz for several years. It's one of my favourite forms of dance (to dance) as it's funky, emotive and, in the class I attend, danced to very loud music. You feel the rhythm bouncing through you. I feel comfortable dancing jazz. It lifts me.

I wanted to push myself in a new way, so I took up ballet. I've done ballet before, but not for several years. To add an edge to the learning (and enjoyment) process I joined the

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