Professor Ramsay Burt

Job: Emeritus Professor

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Research group(s): Dance

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8478




Key research outputs

2019 Dance, Modernism and Modernity. with Michael Huxley, London and New York: Routledge.

2016 Ungoverning Dance. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

2016  British Dance, Black Routes. editedwith Christy Adair London and New York: Routledge.

2007 The Male Dancer: Bodies, Spectacle and Sexualities London: Routledge [Expanded and Revised 2nd edition].

2006 Judson Dance Theater: Performative Traces London: Routledge.

Research interests/expertise


Dance, gender, and sexuality

Dance, philosophy, and politics

Judson Dance Theatre

Contemporary European Dance

Dance of the African Diaspora

Areas of teaching

Twentieth and Twenty-first century dance

Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD supervision 


1972 – 1976 Leeds University:  BA Fine Art.

1994 PhD CNAA/University of Southampton.  Title "Representations of masculinity in theatre dance with special reference to British new dance"

Courses taught

DANS2524 Dance Contexts
DANS3500 Dance Research Project


PERF5002 Perspectives

also supervises MA by Research and at PhD level.

Membership of external committees

ADAD North Steering Group 2012-2016

Re:Generations Conference steering group 2014-2016


British Dance and the African Diaspora: this was a two year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board, 2012-14.  For further information see this project's website (details below).

Current research students

Matthias Sperling, PhD in Choreography (awarded AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership), No-How Generator. 1st Supervisor. 

Iyobosa Olaye, PhD in Drama, Thematic Concerns of Post-Colonial Playwrights in Nigeria: A Study of the Last Two Decades in Nigerian Drama (1995-2015), 1st Supervisor.

Tia-Monique Uzor, PhD in Dance Studies (awarded AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership), Roots: Establishing British Caribbean Diasporic Identity Through Dance, 1st Supervisor.

Angharad Harrop, PhD in Dance, Embodiment and Performance: The use of folk and cultural dance in choreographic practice and performance. 2nd Supervisor. 

Elizabeth Short, PhD in Performance Art Practice, The Big Reckoning: Performing against sexual violence within the Western 21st Century Arts Industry. 2nd Supervisor.

Sophie Swoffer, PhD in Performance Art and Film (awarded AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership). In Her Prime, or Past It?: Reconsidering the Gaze and Feminine Monstrosity in Feminist Performance Art and Film Studies. 2nd Supervisor.

Externally funded research grants information

British Dance and the African Diaspora, AHRC, two year research project with Professor Christy Adair, York St John University, start date 14 February 2012.

Internally funded research project information

Remembering British New dance, RIT funded project, series of events at Siobhan Davies Studios, Sadlers Wells Theatre, and Chisenhale Dance Space in London, June 2012, in collaboration with Jonathan Burrows. Podcasts from these talks can be found on the Siobhan Davies Studios website.

Professional esteem indicators

Founder Editor (with Professor Susan Foster) Discourses in Dance

International Advisory Board of Research Center S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts and Media). University of Ghent.

Editorial boards of Choros, Amfitheater, South African Dance Journal.

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