Personal profile


Hetty Blades is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE). She completed her PhD in the Centre in 2015, under the supervision of Sarah Whatley and Scott deLahunta. She holds an MA in Dance Studies from Roehampton University (2010) and a BA (Hons.) in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban (2007). Hetty has worked as a Visiting Lecturer in Dance Studies at a range of institutions including, Roehampton University, Kingston University, University of East London and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Hetty’s PhD considered the ontological implications of digital scoring practices for dance.

Between 2015-17 Hetty worked as a Research Assistant in the Centre, contributing to projects including Europeana Space (EU), InVisble Difference: Dance, Disability and Law (AHRC) and Resilience and Inclusion: Dancers as Agents of Change (AHRC). She is Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and was Researcher in Residence at the Digital Catapult in 2016. She has undertaken consultancy work for Digital Theatre and conducted evaluations of arts projects. She is currently Co-investigator on the AHRC/ESRC funded project Performing Empowerment: Disability, Dance and Inclusive Development in Post-War Sri Lanka.

Research Interests

Dance and technology, value and appreciation, scoring, documentation and archiving, the dissemination of choreographic process and practices.

Vision Statement

I am inspired by an interest in the philosophical questions posed by dance works and practices. In particular I am interested in the making, transmission and dissemination of dance works through scoring, performance and documentation. My research explores philosophical questions around perception, interpretation and analysis, paying particular attention to the role of digital technology in spectatorship, and the relationship between epistemologies of movement and dance appreciation.

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Research Output 2010 2017

Choreographic Knowledge and Aesthetic Empiricism

Blades, H. 2017 Performing Process: Sharing Choreographic Practice. Intellect, p. (in press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Digital Dance

Blades, H. & Whatley, S. 2017 Bloomsbury Companion to Dance. Bloomsbury, p. (in press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Preservation and Paradox

Blades, H. 2017 Digital Echoes. Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. (in press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Running, Resistance and Recollection: A conversation with ourselves through time

Coe, K. & Blades, H. 2017 In : Performance Philosophy Journal. 2, 2, p. 331-341 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2014 2017

  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor

Maaike Bleeker

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Host), Blades, H. (Host), deLahunta, S. (Host)
10 Mar 2017

Activity: Hosting an academic visitor

Digital Echoes: (Re)Imagining the Past, (Re)Inventing the Future

Blades, H. (Co-convenor)
4 Mar 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Beyond the Tipping Point? Dance, Disability and Law

Blades, H. (Participant)
7 Nov 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

3rd Dance and Somatic Conference

Blades, H. (Participant)
10 Jul 201512 Jul 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Performing Process: Sharing Practice

Blades, H. (Co-convenor)
6 Jun 2014

Activity: Participation in conference


British Society of Aesthetics Small Grant

Hetty Blades (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Coventry University International Travel Award

Hetty Blades (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Coventry University Outgoing Mobility Grant

Hetty Blades (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Coventry University Pump Prime Funding

Hetty Blades (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)