Personal profile


Hetty completed her PhD at C-DaRE in 2015, under the supervision of Sarah Whatley and Scott deLahunta. Her thesis considered the ontological implications of digital scoring practices for dance. Prior to commencing PhD study she completed and MA in Dance Studies at Roehampton University (2010) and a BA (Hons.) in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban (2007). She was the 2015 recipient of the Ede and Ravenscroft Postgraduate Award for Academic Excellence.

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. She has give guest lectures at London Contemporary Dance School and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Teaching specialisms include dance analysis, philosophy, cultural studies, and research methods.

Hetty works on various projects within the Centre, and is Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, as well as continuing to develop her own research through projects and publications.

Research Interests

Analytic philosophy; Dance and technology; Documentation and archiving; Dance scoring methodologies and dissemination of choreographic process

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

Screendance Self/portraits

Blades, H. 2017 In : International Journal of Screendance. 8

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


An Exploration of Dance as a way of Knowing

Kieft, E. & Blades, H. 2016

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Scoring Choreographic Poetics

Blades, H. 2016 In : Choreographic Practices. 6, 2, p. 261-278

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Literary theory
Gerard Genette

Work(s) and (Non)production in Contemporary Movement Practices

Blades, H. 29 Jul 2016 In : Performance Philosophy Journal. 2, 1, p. 35-54

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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

3rd Dance and Somatic Conference

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

Activity: Participation in conference

Beyond the Tipping Point? Dance, Disability and Law

Blades, H. (Participant)
7 Nov 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Performing Process: Sharing Practice

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

Activity: Participation in conference