Mr Michael Huxley

Job: Reader in Dance

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Visual and Performing Arts

Research group(s): Performance Research Group; Dance Research Group

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

T: +44 (0) 116 250 6269




Personal profile

Michael Huxley, Reader in Dance, teaches and researches in dance history.  His specialist areas include early modern dancers 1900-1945; the work of the choreographer Kurt Jooss; dance, the natural and wellbeing in the 1930s.  His interests include the pedagogy of dance history, the idea of the modern dancer as choreographer in the 1930s and history of the Alexander Technique.  His teaching of dance history includes the early modern period, the emergence of new dance in the UK in the 1970s, and contemporary dance of the 21st century, especially the work of Akram Khan.

Research group affiliations

Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID)

Publications and outputs 


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Key research outputs

HUXLEY, M. (2015) The Dancer’s World, 1920-1945: Modern Dancers and their Practices Reconsidered. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

HUXLEY, M. and BURT, R. (2014) ‘Concerning the spiritual in early modern dance: Émile Jaques-Dalcroze and Wassily Kandinsky advancing side by side.’ Dance, Movement and Spiritualities. 1 (2), 251-267.

HUXLEY, M. (2012) ‘It’s a different way of thinking about history, isn’t it?’ Student perspectives on learning dance history. Research in Dance Education. v. 13. no. 2 pp. 1-21.

HUXLEY, M. (2012) F. Matthias Alexander and Mabel Elsworth Todd: Proximities, practices and the psycho-physical. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. 3: 1&2. pp. 25-42.

HUXLEY, M. (2012) Kurt Jooss in Exile in England. Discourses in Dance. v. 5, no.1, pp. 59-77.

HUXLEY, M. AND BURT, R. (2011) Ideas of nature, the natural and the modern in early twentieth century dance discourse. In: CARTER, A. and FENSHAM, R. (Eds.) Dancing Naturally: Nature, neo-classicism and modernity in early twentieth century dance. London, Palgrave. pp. 31-42.

Research interests/expertise

  • Dance history, especially early 20th century modern dance and the work of the choreographer Kurt Jooss.
  • Dance education, especially the teaching and learning of dance history 
  • The Alexander Technique

Areas of teaching

Dance history in the UK, USA and Europe in the periods 1900-1945, 1960-1990, 2000s.

Dance research project


BEd (University of Keele), MA (University of Leeds)

Courses taught

I am module leader for:

  • Understanding Dance II
  • Dance as History

In addition, I contribute to:

  • Understanding Dance I
  • Dance Research Project


I also supervise M Res and PhD students

Honours and awards

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2007


Membership of external committees

Elected Board member, Congress on Research in Dance 2000-2010

Chair, Editorial Board Dance Research Journal 2006-2010

Member, Editorial Board Dance Research Journal 2010-2015

Member, PALATINE HEA Board 2001-2011

Chair, PALATINE HEA Subject Centre Advisory Board 2009-2011

Member HEA Subject Centre Chairs Group 2009-2011, 

Member HEA Arts and Humanities Cluster Group 2011-2012

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow Higher Education Academy

Member Congress on Research in Dance 2000-

Member Society of Dance History Scholars 2008-9

Member Society for Dance Research re-joined 2010-

Member Standing Conference on Dance in Higher Education

Member Professional Association of Alexander Teachers 

Professional licences and certificates

Teaching Certificate Professional Association of Alexander Teachers (2004)


Conference attendance

Chair/ co-organiser:

CORD/ CEPA Global Perspectives on Dance Pedagogy- Research and Practice 26 - 27 June 2009, De Montfort University.  Conference Proceedings published by CORD / University of Illinois Press March 2010.

Recent peer reviewed conference papers:

HUXLEY, M. (2015) Dancers transgressing national boundaries in dance. In:  Boundaries: Transgression, authority, performance conference, De Montfort University. June 23rd 2015. 

HUXLEY, M. (2014) ‘On the Threshold of the Art of the Future: Wassily Kandinsky, The Yellow Sound, and dance’, Dancing in the Shadow of the First World War, Society for Dance Research Symposium, November 29th  2014.

HUXLEY, M. and BURT, R. (2013) ‘Advancing Side by Side. Émile Jaques-Dalcroze and Wassily Kandinsky’, First International Conference of Dalcroze Studies July 24th - 26th 2013, Coventry University

HUXLEY M. (2011) F M Alexander and Mabel E Todd: their theory, practice and contemporary relevance. Coventry University Dance and Somatic Practices Conference. July 8th 2011.

HUXLEY, M.  (2010) “It’s a different way of thinking about history, isn’t it?” A student perspective on dance history. Roehampton University / Society for Dance Research Symposium Dance History: Politics, Practices and Perspectives, March 13th 2010.

BURT, R. & HUXLEY M. (2009) Ideas of nature, the natural, and the modern in early   Twentieth-century dance discourse. Moving Naturally: Rethinking Dance 1900s – 1930s. University of Surrey, Guildford, October 31 2009.

HUXLEY, M and LEACH, M. (2008) Walking and conscious presence. 8th International Congress of the Alexander Technique, Lugano, August 2008.

HUXLEY, M and LEACH, M.  (2008) A model for teaching the Alexander Technique in undergraduate dance education. 8th International Congress of the Alexander Technique, Lugano, August 2008.

HUXLEY, M.  (2008) Movement concerns the whole man person. Laban International Conference. Trinity Laban, London, October 24-26 2008.

HUXLEY M (2007) Asylum Seeker, refugee, alien, internee, citizen, émigré: Kurt Jooss in Exile in Britain. CORD Conference: Choreographies of Migration, Barnard College, New York City, November 9-11. University of Illinois Press.

HUXLEY, M.  (2005) Dance history pedagogy and research, Dance History Matters, Middlesex University, June 28th 2006.

HUXLEY, M. and BURT, R. (2005) A Primer for Pina, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, February 12th 2005.

HUXLEY, M (2002) Keynote: The Thinking Dancer.   Finding the Balance: The Future of Dance in Further and Higher Education, Liverpool John Moores University, June 21st-3rd 2002.

HUXLEY M & STEVENS J S (2002)  Passing on Professional Skills: Reflective Practice in Dance.  NDEO / CORD Conference, Dance: A Living Legacy of Building Bridges, Providence, RI, June 26-30.

HUXLEY, M (2002) Jooss, Tudor and Bausch. Pina Bausch Study Day, Sadlers Wells, Theatre, London, February 2nd 2002.  

Consultancy work

Areas of expertise include:

  • Dance history
  • Dance education 
  • Dance archives [Consultant with Jayne Stevens to Akram Khan Archive Project 2009 – present]
  • Companies worked with: Akram Khan Company

Current research students

Jo Reid 1st supervisor


Externally funded research grants information

The dancer in modern dance and the body politics of the emergence of the choreographer.  AHRB small grant (2003), Principal Investigator.


Internally funded research project information

Dance History Pedagogic Research Project, CEPA (Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts) 2008/09.  Principal Investigator.

The modern dancer and dance technique in the 1930s, Faculty of Humanities / School of Arts Research Leave scheme 2012, Principal Investigator.

Professional esteem indicators

Chair, Editorial Board Dance Research Journal   November 2006- December 2010

Member Editorial Board Dance Research Journal   January 2011 – 

Chair, PALATINE HEA Subject Centre Advisory Board 2009-2011

Member HEA Subject Centre Chairs Group 2009-2011, 

Member HEA Arts and Humanities Cluster Group 2011-2012

Journal Refereeing for:

  • Dance Research Journal

Publication reviewing for:

  • Routledge
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Oxford University Press

Book reviews for: 

  • Dance Research
  • Dance Research Journal
  • Dance Theatre Journal
  • New Theatre Quarterly
Recent external Examinerships:
  • Examiner (PhD) University of Surrey 2010
  • Examiner University of Winchester
    MA Performing Arts 2001-2005
  • Examiner University of Surrey
    MA Dance Studies 1996–2000
  • Examiner Laban Centre for Movement and Dance
    MA Dance Studies (City University)   1992–1995
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