Research

Independent Dance Research Network

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As I've been working on my own independent research for several years, and I like networks, I've been exploring the idea of a network for independent dance researchers (including PhD students), and after conversations with Victoria Thoms (Society for Dance Research), Dr Sara Houston (University of Roehampton) and several PhD students, I've finally organised an introductory meeting for anyone who is, will be or has been working independently on dance research, including PhD students: graduates who conducted research as part of their studies and who are still interested in research; journalists researching for books on dance; PhD students who are feeling isolated; PhD graduates who would like to continue in research but not in an academic framework; and those of us who do our own research because we love it. There are no doubt other categories too, and they're welcome as well.

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What Price A Dancer?

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After publishing the original version of this article a few days ago, I discussed it with Rosie Kay, one of the main contributors, and she made some very valid arguments about rewriting this article to reframe and refocus it. In response to one of her questions, I replied that we have far too many people who have been training in dance from an extremely young age and yet are still expected to settle for minimum wage or slightly above, and so that’s my new starting point.

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Resolution! 2015 In Figures

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Being 300 miles away from London meant missing most of this year's Resolution! season at The Place.

So instead, based on each of the artists'/companies' programme notes, here's a breakdown of the scale of this year's Resolution! 2015.

Probably far more people were actually involved, but if they weren't actually credited... hopefully the choreographers will remember to include them next time. 

This probably would have made a pretty infographic, but I didn't have the patience to design one, sorry. 

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Crazy Little Thing Called Paid Work

Read more ...Unpaid work is one of the current buzzwords across the dance industry: we all want to talk about it and decry it, however these conversations lack a basic understanding of the role of unpaid work within our industry, how it is perpetuated, and under which circumstances it is acceptable. In an industry which has been forcibly shifted towards freelancing, how many of us can tell our landlord "I can't pay my rent, but check out this solo I'm working on"?

Between the end of 2012 and mid-2013, I conducted a number of interviews with people across the dance industry - from students and new graduates to midscale choreographers and artistic directors - about the issue of unpaid work within our industry. Around then, Dance UK had published an article containing statistics about paid and unpaid work in our industry, but I felt that further research was needed into the fine details of unpaid work, how it sustains our industry and impacts on its members. Only once we can put unpaid work within its wider context can we start to understand its function within the industry and how to place checks on it.

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