Ms Jayne Stevens

Job: Principal Lecturer in Dance

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Visual and Performing Arts

Research group(s): Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7395




Personal profile

Jayne teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Dance and Performing Arts.  Before teaching full time at DMU, she choreographed and performed as an independent dance artist and as co-director of Glasshouses Dance Company.  Her roles within the University have included Head of Dance (until 2016) and Head of Pedagogic Research in the Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts (2005-09).  Jayne was one of the first recipients of a National Teaching Fellowship in 2000.  Recent and ongoing  projects involve working closely with professional organisations, including the Akram Khan Dance Company and People Dancing to develop resources and opportunities that enhance learning for current and future students.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance   

Publications and outputs 


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Key research outputs

  • ‘Pedagogies of dance teaching and leading’ in Karkou, V., Oliver, S., Lycouris, S. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing, Oxford: Oxford University Press (due for publication 1 October 2017).
  • ‘What you cannot imagine’: spirituality in Akram Khan’s Vertical Road’ in the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 4(1/2) and in Williamson, A., Whatley, S., Batson, G. (eds.) Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives, Bristol: Intellect Books, pp.459-477.
  • 'The National Association of Dance and Mime Animateurs (1986-9): a community of practice', Dance Research, 31(2), pp.157-173, 
  • 'Designing for entrepreneurial learning' In: Burns, S. (ed.) (2007) Mapping dance: entrepreneurship and professional practice in dance in higher education, Lancaster: PALATINE.
  • Contribution to Brockbank, A. and  McGill, I. (Eds.) (2007) Facilitating Reflective Learning in Higher Education, Buckingham, Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press, pp. 124-129.

Research interests/expertise

Current research focuses on:

  • Dance pedagogy
  • Creative and choreographic practices
  • History and practice of British community dance
  • Employability, entrepreneurialism and the creative industries

Areas of teaching

  • Dance and professional practice (Exploring the Dance Profession; Dance Artists in Education and the Community; Teaching and Leading Dance)
  • Research skills (Dance Research Project)
  • Choreography and performance (Rethinking Choreography; Dance Principles in Practice)


  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education, University of Birmingham, 1976
  • BA (Hons) Medieval & Modern History, University of Nottingham, 1975

Courses taught

Honours and awards

  • Honorary Life Member, People Dancing, 2016.
  • Honorary Life Member, Dance HE, 2016
  • National Teaching Fellowship award, 2000.  The National Teaching Fellowship recognises and rewards excellence in teaching and the support of learning in Higher Education in England and Northern Ireland.  Jayne was one of the first twenty academics to be recognised in this way.
  • University Teacher Fellow, 1999

Membership of external committees

  • Dance4 Dance Development Steering Group for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 2012
  • Steering Group of Dance Development, Leicester and Leicestershire, 2008-2011
  • Management Committee of the Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership, 2008-2010
  • Executive Committee of the Standing Conference on Dance in Higher Education, 2004-2010

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Associate of the Higher Education Academy, 2011>
  • Chair of the Standing Conference on Dance in Higher Education, 2007-2010
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2005>
  • Member of People Dancing

    Principal investigator: ‘The Museum of Us: Archiving Community Dance’, an Exchange Collaborative Research Award (HEFCE & Arts Council England). DMU and People Dancing (2016-17)

  • Member of the Professional Association of Alexander Technique Teachers, 1987>

Professional licences and certificates

  • Qualified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, The Professional Association of Alexander Technique Teachers



 ‘The Museum of Us: Archiving Community Dance’, an Exchange Collaborative Research Award (HEFCE & Arts Council England) with  People Dancing (2016-17)

Conference attendance

  • Stevens, J. S. ‘Many ways of moving together: the National Association of Dance and Mime Animateurs, paper presentation at British Dance Institutions: Past, Present and Future, Society for Dance Research conference, Roehampton University. 19 May 2012. 
  • Stevens, J.S. ‘The Akram Khan (Living) Archive Project’ presentation at Digital Echoes: is there value in archiving process? Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, 4 April 2012.
  • Stevens, J.S. ‘Developing knowledge and understanding for employability’ presentation at Success in Developing Student Employability, Sheffield Hallam University, 10 June 2010.
  • Stevens, J.S. and Smith, G. ‘Developing creative capabilities: embedding entrepreneurialism in the curriculum’ paper presentation at Creating a Higher Vision: the HE contribution to the Creative Economy, Universities UK conference, Woburn House, London, 25 November 2009.
  • Stevens, J.S. ‘Evaluating the impact of community dance practice’ at The National College for Community Dance Summerschool, De Montfort University, 6 August 2009.

Consultancy work

  • External examination of undergraduate courses in dance (at the universities of Surrey, Chichester and Coventry) and taught postgraduate courses (at Liverpool John Moore’s University and at the Royal Academy of Dancing).
  • Quality reviews e.g. on behalf of the Quality Assurance Agency, Middlesex University, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
  • Advisor on research proposals e.g. for PALATINE (the HEA Subject Centre for Dance, Theatre and Music), The Leverhulme Trust.

Current research students

  • MPhil/PhD (2nd supervisor): A grounded theory approach to employability: the creative economy and undergraduate degrees in British Universities
  • MA by Research (1st supervisor): Integrated arts and educational inclusion

Externally funded research grants information

  • The Museum of Us: Archiving Community Dance’, an Exchange Collaborative Research Award (HEFCE & Arts Council England) with  People Dancing (2016-17)
  • Akram Khan Archive Project: living archive pilot and evaluation, Advanced Kathak and Contemporary Dance Training, pedagogic research and evaluation project, 
  • Implementation of the Diploma for Dance Teaching and Learning (Children and Young People), Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership & the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, research and evaluation project, 2009-2010, Co-investigator (on behalf of DMU) with Dance4.
  • Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, Higher Education Funding Council Centres of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, 2005-2009, Head of Pedagogic Research.
  • ReP: The Performance Reflective Practice Project, Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning, Phase 3 teaching development project, 2000-2003, Director.

Internally funded research project information

  • ‘Feeding back to students: exploring practice, enhancing effectiveness: a comparative study of History and Dance’, Research Informed Teaching Award, pedagogic research project, 2008-2009, co-investigator with Dr. Mark Sandle.
  • ‘Employment and Performance Arts: Aspirations, Realities and Implications’, Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts (CETL), pedagogic research project, 2006-2009, lead investigator.

Professional esteem indicators

  • Journal of Dance, Movement and Spiritualities, Editorial Board member
  • Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 2008>, Advisory board member
  • Journal of Research in Dance Education, 2006>, Editorial board member
  • Dancelines,1998-2008, Editorial board member

Other Reviewing Activities:

  • Reviewer for Palgrave MacMillan, 2010 & 2012
  • Conference committee member ‘Global perspectives on dance pedagogy: research and practice’, Congress on Research in Dance special conference, De Montfort University 25- 27 June 2009.
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