Mr Pete Shenton

Job: Senior Lecturer Dance

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Visual and Performing Arts

Research group(s): Dance

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8174




Personal profile

Links To Pete’s Work

The link below is to “Come Dance with Me”, an internet TV project created in 2012,  co-written and co-presented by Pete.  Below is a link to all 6 Episodes

The link below is to a performance at the all star Gala at Melbourne International Comedy Festival Broadcast on Australian National TV in Spring 2012

Research group affiliations

  • Dance Research Group

Key research outputs

Recent live and film work created by Pete as one half of New Art Club include:

New Art Club’s Herculean Cabaret (2012) Large Scale professional and community dance project Commissioned by Dance 4

Come Dance With Me (2012) Internet TV series commissioned by Arts Council and BBC for the Space Website.   

Quiet Act of Destruction (2011)  UK and international tour including  Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre London  

Big Bag of Boom (2010) UK and international tour including  Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre London

This is Now (2009)  UK tour including Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre London

Extra Ordinary World (2008) UK tour including Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre London

Research interests/expertise

  • Improvisation
  • Dance and comedy
  • Dance and the spoken word.

Areas of teaching

  • Performance 
  • Devising  in dance and dance theatre  
  • Movement, voice and text improvisation  
  • Contact improvisation  
  • Partner Work
  • Choreography  


  • BA Hons Performing Arts: Dance (First Class) 

Courses taught

Dance BA (Hons)

Module leader for University Dance Company

Contributer to Dance: Principles in Practice 1, Dance: Principles in Practice 2, Improvisation and Performance

Honours and awards

  • Winner Edinburgh Spotlight Award for Best Comedy, August, 2010, for Big Bag of Boom
  • Finalist Place Prize for Choreography, 2004, for Short Still Show
  • Winner Belgrade International Mime and Monodrama Festival Award for Best Show, 2003,  for This is Modern
  • Shortlisted Jerwood Award for Choreography, 2002

Forthcoming events

Pete is currently touring with New Art Club and is creating a new show for the stage (working title: Feel About Your Body (How do you?)  He is also developing two short films for Channel 4 and a pilot episode for a TV show with feature film director Jamie Thraves.

Externally funded research grants information

As a solo artist and as part of New Art Club Pete has been in receipt of Arts Council Grants for the creation and touring of his work since 1996.   This includes a 3 year development grant running from 2007 until 2010.

His work has been commissioned by Dance 4, Dance East, Dance Exchange, Dance Umbrella, Dance Northwest, and Scottish Dance Theatre.

Professional esteem indicators

Pete is a member of the board of Dance 4

Pete was Curriculum advisor for Dance 4 Centre For Advanced Training (CAT) and is an associate artist with the Dance 4 CAT
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