Ms Sally O'Donnell

Job: Senior Lecturer

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)116 250 6075




Personal profile

Sally is an experienced dance artist who teaches on the undergraduate programme in dance, and has also taught at post graduate level. Her experience in teaching includes an international profile over several decades (France, Brazil, South Africa, Germany, Norway, Ireland, Portugal, Ecuador) in addition to several HEI’s, Universities and Conservatoires in the UK.

As a performer and choreographer she has toured nationally and internationally working with Ludus, The VicVivs, Naomi Mutoh, Angela Woodhouse, The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, English National Opera, Dutch National Opera and the David Glass Ensemble. She has been choreographic advisor for Opera Circus and Show of Hands Theatre Company. Sally has also worked for Dance UK, the national lobbying organisation for dance

Research group affiliations

  • Dance research group

Key research outputs

  • O’Donnell, S (2002) Managers Group: Dance Touring, in Dance UK News, Issue 44 p.21
  • O’Donnell, S (2002) Give Us Some Credit! in Dance UK News, Issue 45 p.13
  • O’Donnell, S (2002) Midsummer Meridians 2002 in Dance UK News, Issue 47 p.18
  • O’Donnell, S (2002) In it's Purest Form: Skinner Releasing Technique in Dance UK News. Issue 43 p.17

Research interests/expertise

  • the articulate body in dance technique 
  • efficiency in movement 
  • new approaches to choreography
  • spectator-performer relationship in performance: performing presence 
  • improving communication in dance towards more autonomous learning 
  • Dance Pedagogy

Areas of teaching

  • Choreography
  • Contact Improvisation
  • Dance practice/technique
  • Dance Research Project (research skills)
  • Movement Improvisation
  • Performance
  • Reflective practice 
  • UK dance profession/infrastructure 


  • MA Dance Studies (TrinityLaban/City University)

Courses taught

Dance BA (Hons)

Membership of external committees

  • Dance Panel of Arts Council of Ireland current No
  • Dance North West, current No
  • Advisory Committee for Independent Dance current No
  • From Here to Maturity Dance Company. Board member current Yes

Conference attendance

FITZPATRICK, M. O’DONNELL, S. and STEVENS, J.  ‘Re-thinking Dance Technique in Higher Education’ at PALATINE conference, De Montfort University. 29 November 2006. 

Consultancy work

External examination of undergraduate courses in dance (at Roehampton University, London, Dartington College of Arts, Devon and University College Falmouth, Cornwall)

Professional esteem indicators

Theatre, Dance and Performance Training: Vol 2  Autumn 2010 peer review

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