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Sara Reed

Dr, The Articulation of a Dance Somatics for a Twenty-First Century Higher Education

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    Dr Sara Reed is Principal Lecturer and Associate Professor of Dance and a member of the School of Media and Performing Arts and the Centre for Dance Research(C-DaRE).  She is a co-editor for the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal - Training Grounds;  on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Dance, Movement and Spiritualities (Intellect Journals) and a reviewer for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. Sara is a trustee for Independent Dance and a trustee for Wriggle Dance Theatre - for children and families. Sara is a qualified Feldenkrais Practitioner and she trained with Scott Clark and Elizabeth Beringer in London.

    Sara currently supervises PhD students in the areas of dance, embodied (somatic) practices, pedagogy and arts and health. She was team member on the three year, Leverhulme Funded Project, ‘In the Dancer’s Mind’ with colleagues from Plymouth University and Trinity Laban London (2015-18). Her career has spanned a wide range of dance, performance, arts and education contexts within and beyond the academic context. 

    She has held senior posts at: University of Surrey, Dartington College of Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Coventry University. Sara has also worked on a consultancy basis, for example with Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Dance East and Youth Dance England. After initial study and training at the Laban Centre she gained an MA in Performing Arts at Middlesex University across the disciplines of theatre, dance and music and a PhD from the University of Surrey.

    Her experience has involved her in interdisciplinary practice across dance, fine art practices, music, choreography and theatre. Sara’s areas of teaching have included: Somatic Practices, Experiential Anatomy, the Feldenkrais Method, Dancers’ Health/Wellness, Dance Pedagogy, Contextual Studies and Professional Practice.


    Research Interests

    Dance, pedagogy, Scaravelli Yoga, embodied (somatic) practices, health and well-being, The Feldenkrais Method,  dancers’ education/training, mindfulness and spirituality

    Vision Statement

    I have had a long interest in somatic practices and their historical and current relationship to dance and in their ability to improve dancers’ resilience and self-awareness. My more recent research expands the reach of somatic practices and their relationship to a number of areas including: pedagogy, training, creativity, medical humanities, spirituality, mindfulness, professional career development and leadership. At Masters’ level I examined eating disorders amongst professional female dancers and, at PhD level, the impact of somatic movement practices on dance higher education and training in the academy. I am currently investigating the theory of Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge (Land, 2015) and the application to somatic practice and pedagogy. A key area of concern and development is within Arts and Health.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Dance and Somatic Practices, Doctorate, University of Surrey

    Award Date: 23 Feb 2012

    Dance, Theatre & Music, MA, Middlesex University

    Award Date: 21 Sep 1994

    External positions

    Trustee, Wriggle Dance Theatre

    1 Jun 2018 → …

    Trustee, Independent Dance

    1 Apr 2018 → …


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