Professor Ramsay Burt

Job: Director of Dance, Drama and Performance Studies Research Institute, Professor of Dance History

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Visual and Performing Arts

Research group(s): Dance

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8478




Research group affiliations

Dance Research Group 

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

Aesthetics and Ethics
Dance History
Judson Dance Theatre
Contemporary European Dance
British-based dance artists who are black

Areas of teaching

Twentieth and Twenty-first century dance

Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD supervision 


1972 – 1976 Leeds University:  BA Fine Art.

1986 – 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


PERF5001 Research into Performance
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, which began in February 2012.  For further information see this project's website.

Current research students

Matthias Sperling (1st supervisor)

Tia-Monique Uzor (1st supervisor)

Iyobossa Olaye (1st supervisor)

Angharad Harrop (2nd supervisor)

Sophie Swoffer (2nd supervisor)

Kieran Sellars (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.

Case studies

Ramsay Burt was invited to evaluate the social and political significance of Tanz Aller, a re-invention by the German group Ligna of early twentieth century German movement choirs. A video interview about this has been made and put on line by its commissioners,, a project funded by the German Ministry of Culture as part of Tanzplan Deutschland. The video can be seen here.

Ramsay Burt has recorded a podcast about the African American choreographer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham. This is part of the series Hull Drama - Performance Pods by Dr Campbell Edinborough, and can be downloaded here.

Personal website

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