People - British Dance and the African Diaspora

Christy Adair

Christy AdairChristy is Professor of Dance Studies at York St John University. She has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Hull University and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She has facilitated dance and performance projects and writes for a range of magazines and journals. She is Author of Dancing the Black Question: The Phoenix Dance Company Phenomenon (Dance Books: 2007) and Women and Dance: sylphs and sirens (Macmillan, 1992). 

Funmi Adewole

FunmiFunmi  moved to England from Nigeria in 1994 where she worked in the media as a freelance writer and TV producer. She toured for several years with various companies including Adzido Pan-African dance ensemble, Artistes-in-Exile, Horse and Bamboo Mask and Puppetry Theatre and The Chomondeleys. She was manager and then chair of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) between  2003 to 2007. She co-edited the book Voicing Black Dance: The British Experience - 1930s to 1990s . She has spoken at conferences nationally  and internationally on African dance as a theatrical practice.She teaches workshops and courses on dance composition exploring the theatricalisation of social dances in London and Amsterdam. She holds an M.A in Post-colonial studies from Goldsmiths College, London and is presently studying for a Doctorate in Dance at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Jeanette Bain-Burnett          

Jeanette-Bain-BurnettJeanette is Director of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), a national organisation which highlights the rich and diverse contribution of African and Caribbean cultures to the field of British dance. Jeanette has worked in a range of management and leadership roles in the arts and cultural sector. She currently sits on the board of the Foundation for Community Dance and is a visiting lecturer in dance/cultural studies at the University of East London.

Ramsay Burt

Ramsay BurtRamsay is Professor of Dance History at De Montfort University, UK. His publications include The Male Dancer (1995, revised 2007), Alien Bodies (1997), Judson Dance Theater (2006), and, with Valerie Briginshaw, Writing Dancing Together (2009). In 1999 he was Visiting Professor at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University, and he is a visiting teacher at PARTS in Brussels. With Susan Foster, he is founder editor of Discourses in Dance. 

Dr Jean Johnson-Jones 

Jean Johnson JonesJean is a lecturer in the Dance department at the University of Surrey.  Her research examines Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), Labanotation (LN) and anthropological methods as effective tools for understanding and documenting movement as cultural code particularly in reference to African Peoples’ Dance.  Her PhD research (The Nama Stap: (Re)Constructing a Cultural Code Among the Nama) involving field-research among the indigenous people of South Africa, the Khoisan, merges LMA/LN and anthropological methodologies and is under examination.  This research has exposed the need for further research relating to issues concerning: the limitation(s) of Laban Analysis to the documentation of non-theatre dance forms, the question of what is ‘African’ Dance in the 21st century, and the inclusion of movement/dancing to discourse on dance.  In collaboration with the Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance Performance and Badejo Arts she is analysing and documenting the movement of Bata, a dance tradition of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. 


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