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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, ontology, value and circulation of dance.

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dance Social Sciences
Dance Arts & Humanities
documentation Social Sciences
Values Social Sciences
Ontology Arts & Humanities
politics Social Sciences
Ontological Arts & Humanities
weblog Social Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2019

A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance

Ellis, S. (ed.), Blades, H. (ed.) & Waelde, C. (ed.) 1 Jun 2018 Coventry: C-DaRE. 517 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

Open Access

Choreographic Knowledge and Aesthetic Empiricism

Blades, H. Oct 2018 Performing Process: Sharing Choreographic Practice. Blades, H. & Meehan, E. (eds.). 1 ed. Intellect

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Dance, Disability and Law: InVisible Difference

Whatley, S. (ed.), Waelde, C. (ed.), Wood, K. (ed.), Blades, H. (ed.), Brown, A. (ed.) & Harmon, S. (ed.) 15 Jun 2018 Bristol: Intellect Press. 350 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Dance's Political Imaginaries

Blades, H. May 2018 A World of Muscle, Bone and Organ: Research and Scholarship in Dances. C-DaRE, p. 87-111 34 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Instrumental Value

Activities 2014 2017

  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor

Maaike Bleeker

Cisneros, R. E. K. (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)