CIRID was formally launched on Wednesday 14  September 2016 at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance

British Dance and the African Diaspora

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance

Choreographic Research - Sally Doughty and Pete Shenton

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance

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three ones (2012)
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance

CIRID brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers.


Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID)

CIRID brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers with an interest in dance to explore its many facets.

Research into dance at DMU characteristically offers a range of perspectives and approaches to the exploration of dance. It embraces diversity, and connects research from different research centres, areas and disciplines. This is what makes dance research at DMU distinctive.

Colleagues contributing to this interdisciplinary Centre include researchers in dance, adaptations, creative technologies, drama, English literature, fine art, music, performance and theatre.

Research activities are wide and inclusive. They include the following broad fields: Dance history, dance pedagogy, practice as research, professional practice, improvisation, collaborative practice, dance and music, dance and new media, archives, adaptations, modernism studies, performance research and performance philosophy.

Dance research at DMU has an internationally recognised research profile. Members’ research has included major monographs, research-based performances and articles in all the major dance research journals. They have co-organised international conferences. DMU is home to nationally significant dance archives.


CIRID is delighted to welcome Akram Khan as its first Visting Professor. We look forward to building on a longstanding relationship and working with Akram and the Akram Khan Company in a number of exciting new ways.

'Funmi Adewole has joined CIRID as an Early Career Academic Fellow in Dance. 'Funmi’s research interests include Contemporary African culture, Modernity, Interculturalism, Dance as a profession and Choreography. Previously, she has taught Dance, Drama, Intercultural choreography, Dance of the African Diaspora, Social Policy, African and Caribbean Studies, English and Arts Management. She has also been a performer, choreographer and published poet. 

CIRID was a co-convenor with C-DaRE Coventry University and Centre for Dance Research University of Roehampton, of the international conference Dance Fields: Staking a Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st century Wednesday 19 - Saturday 22 April 2017. Eight CIRID members and a CIRID Postgrad student contributed papers and performances to this successful conference

The new centre was formally launched on Wednesday 14 September, celebrating CIRID’s work with addresses from DMU’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard, dance scholars, sector leaders and students, followed by a networking lunch and a performance by dancers and musicians from the Centre.




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