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Hetty Blades is Assistant Professor 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, which considered the ontological implications of digital scoring practices for dance. She holds an MA in Dance Studies from Roehampton University (2010) and a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban (2007).

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 was Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (2015-19).

Research Interests

Philosophy, technology, disability, choreographic processes. Dance and human rights.

Vision Statement


I am inspired by an interest in the philosophical questions posed by dance works and practices. In particular, my research interests include the making, ontology, value and circulation of dance, dance and disability and the relationship between dance and human rights.


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