Kathryn Stamp


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    Kathryn is a dance research and educator, specialising in inclusive dance practice and research methods.  In 2020 Kathryn completed her PhD at C-DaRE and her AHRC-funded research focused on photography-based interventional approaches that sought to change public perceptions about disabled people who dance.

    Kathryn graduated with an MA in Education (Distinction) from University of Brighton (2016) and holds a first-class BA (Hons) in Dance Studies from Roehampton University (2010). Her Masters dissertation focused on the perceptions held by dance students as to the value of dance and its effect on life aspects, including education, relationships and wellbeing. She has lectured at Bird College, University of Malta, University of Wolverhampton and University of Lincoln. Additionally, Kathryn is Co-Chair of the Society for Dance Research,
    an executive board member for Dance HE and Editorial Manager for the
    Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. Kathryn is an Ambassador for
    AWA DANCE charity and an advisory board member for We Are Epic.

    Research Interests

    Kathryn's research interests span inclusive dance, dance in education and the value and impact of dance. The focus of her PhD research was on photography-based interventions located within the intersection between dance and disability, following on from an evaluation of People Dancing’s '11 Million Reasons to Dance’ project. Her postdoctoral research exploresd the lived experience of isolated working for disabled dance artists, considering modes of communication, use of technology and change in working practices in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Kathryn's research interest in dance and inclusion led her to working with colleagues on the 'Strictly Inclusive' project explore gender and disability representation on Strictly Come Dancing. As a former secondary Dance teacher, Kathryn has a strong interest in dance education, linked to her continuing enquiry into the perception, translation and understanding of the value of dance.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Education, MA, University of Brighton

    Award Date: 9 Feb 2017

    PGCE Dance, Postgraduate Certificate, University of Brighton

    Award Date: 29 Jun 2012

    Dance Studies, Degree, University of Roehampton

    Award Date: 23 Jul 2010

    External positions

    Co-Chair, Society for Dance Research

    2023 → …

    Board Member, Dance HE

    2018 → …

    Newsletter Editor, Society for Dance Research


    Ambassador, AWA Dance

    Advisory Board Member, We Are Epic


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