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Research Interests

Dance; Flamenco; Dance History; Roma Community; Cultural Heritage; Digital Technologies; Participatory Research


Rosamaria is a Dance Historian and Critic, Roma Scholar, Flamenco Historian and Peace Activist who graduated from the UW-Madison Dance Program and went on to complete her Master’s in Dance History and Criticism from UNM-Albuquerque. Rosamaria is a professional dancer, choreographer, curator and qualified teacher, who has lived and danced in various parts of the world and collaborated with many Flamenco greats and other leaders in the Dance field. She has taught throughout Europe and the US at places like UW-Madison, UIUC, Boston Conservatory, Brown University and at various other places in Germany, Spain and Turkey. She is a dance writer who makes regular contributions to Bachtrack Magazine and Flamenco News having also danced with Protein Dance Company in the UK. Rosamaria is involved in various EU funded projects which aim to make education accessible to vulnerable groups and ethnic minorities and sits on various Boards: Roma Coventry Project (UK), Drom Kotar Mestipen Roma Women's Association (Spain) and the Early Dance Circle (UK). At the moment she is a senior Research Assistant at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research based in the UK. She is also an independent artist, dancer, curator and teacher who has organized various festivals and exhibitions. Her dance films have screened in the UK, US, Colombia, Mexico and Germany and her latest documentary  won best documentary from the UK in 2016. She has started her own production company, RosaSenCis Film Production Co., which is currently working on the Society for Dance Research Oral History Project. Rosamaria also collaborates closely with the University of Barcelona’s Centre for Research on Theories and Practices for Overcoming Inequalities (CREA) and is currently writing her PhD in Sociology. 

Vision Statement

I am inspired by interdisciplinary work and collaborative projects and modes of working. The combination of the practical and the theoretical underpins all of my research interests and I am guided by bringing people together. Working with vulnerable groups and using the arts and education to engage communities and participate in projects that lead to a more inclusive society, is what I am hoping to achieve with my academic research. Cultural heritage and digital technologies is also a key part of my current practice.

Education/Academic qualification

MA, University of New Mexico

1 Aug 20061 Aug 2009

Degree, University of Wisconsin- Madison

5 Sep 200021 May 2006

External positions

Consultant, Catalan Government- Advisory Board for Roma People


Board/Trusee, Roma Project Coventry (Coventry)


Board/Trustee, Early Dance Circle Charity


Board/Trustee, Roma Women's Association- Drom Kotar Mestipen


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Research Output 2013 2019

Integrated Plan for the Roma in Catalonia 2017-2020

Cisneros, R. E. K., 24 Jan 2019, 1 ed. Government of Catalonia. 85 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

public policy
social situation
2 Citations (Scopus)
42 Downloads (Pure)

Virtual Reality and Choreographic Practice: The Potential for New Creative Methods

Cisneros, R. E. K., Wood, K., Whatley, S., Buccoli, M., Zanoni, M. & Sarti, A., 12 Mar 2019, In : Body, Space and Technology. 18, 1, p. 1-32 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
virtual reality

WhoLoDancE: digital tools and the dance learning environment

Cisneros, R. E. K., Stamp, K., Whatley, S. & Wood, K., 2019, In : Research in Dance Education. 20, 1, p. 54-72 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

learning environment
Open Access
Isadora Duncan
21st Century
Personal Life

Citizenship, Performance and ‘Vulnerable’ Groups; A Case Study

Cisneros, R. E. K. & Whatley, S., 24 May 2018, A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance. Waelde, C., Blades, H. & Ellis, S. (eds.). Coventry, UK: C-DaRE at Coventry University, p. 214-232 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
cultural heritage

Activities 2010 2019

Heritage and Society (Journal)

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Peer Reviewer)
24 Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

'Hybrid Practices: Methodologies, Histories, and Performance'

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Speaker), Marie-Louise Crawley (Speaker), Sarah Whatley (Speaker)
13 Mar 201915 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Urban Identities Past and Present

Marie-Louise Crawley (Speaker), Sarah Whatley (Speaker), Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Speaker)
27 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Hispania (Journal)

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Peer Reviewer)
1 Mar 201931 May 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Performing RomArchive

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Speaker)
24 Jan 201928 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Behind the Flamenco Dress: An Interview with Adela Olmos

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Broken Knuckle Film Festival BFF2016

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Recipient), 7 Nov 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Civic Epistemologies – Development of a Roadmap for Citizen Researchers in the age of Digital Culture

Sarah Whatley (Recipient), Neil Forbes (Recipient) & Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Culture Moves

Sarah Whatley (Recipient), Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Recipient) & Marie-Louise Crawley (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Cyprus International Film Festival "Golden Aphrodite" Paphos, Pafos

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Recipient), 19 Sep 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Film Festivals