Academic Partnerships

The East Midlands is host to some fantastic universities, a number of dance and performance courses, and the home of some leading academics and research programmes.

Dance4 currently engages in and is exploring opportunities for a range of activities with academic partners.


University of Northampton have two artists, Sara Giddens and Rosanna Irvine, on a collaborative PhD with Dance4, they are AHRC funded for a practice-led study that delivers against two areas of work identified with Dance4 and the Choreographic Lab at University of Northampton.

In 21011 Dance4, in partnership with the University of Northampton, ran a Graduate Training Programme, 
27 June – 8 July
 Bridging the Gap Between Graduation and Launching Your Dance Career, with a mix of key skill sessions, information exchange and a practical workshop the 2-week programme culminated in a performance in Corby as part of Springboard 2011.   


University of Lincoln is extending their partnership with Dance4 around their MA programme.  The organisations are exploring how the involvement of the MA students in a joint residency programme can impact positively on the work being made by those working towards their MA and the artists that are invited to be resident alongside them.


De Montfort University continues to be an important regional partner, with Dance4, University Academics and students exploring different opportunities for collaboration; regularly hosting and contributing to events (Lea Anderson, Ramsey McDonald, Matthias Sperling, Martin Leach, Simon Ellis, Sally Doughty).


One of our key Nottingham Partners is Lakeside Arts Centre part of the University of Nottingham.  Lakeside programmes dance all year round and is a key venue for our Nottdance Festival.

Dance4 Associate Artist Matthias Sperling has been involved since 2012 in a research programme around a new work, Thought Dance.  This partnership, also with Dance Digitial, and initially supported by the British Dance Edition Research Programme (2010) with funds from The Place and Birmingham Hippodrome has taken Matthias into the world of Electro Echo Cardiogram Technology and stretched the understanding and ideas of his collaborators at Nottingham Trent University (NTU).

NTU’s MA Framework is now in the second year of collaboration with Dance4.  In 2011 Nicola Conibere created Giving The Eye with students and in 2012 Lucia Tong will be making an installation work for Bonington Gallery with selected individuals.

Beyond the East Midlands

Dance4 is developing a link with Roehampton University and Sydney based research space Critical Path for a series of Fellowships.  It is intended that this practice-led programme will be framed by an exploration around the partnership and its impact on the work of the artistic fellows.  Roehampton students most recently took part in the Summer 2011 residency by The Choreographers (CANADA) when Dance4 ran a workshop in London by the Canadian collective for MFA students from Roehampton and Mafe Toledo was shadow artist on the process in Nottingham.

In September 2011 Dance4 sent two artists, Associate Nicola Conibere and Rajni Shah (whose show Glorious was part of Nottdance 2011) to Critical Path and both took part in the SEAM Symposium, a partnership with the University of Technology Sydney (and a collaboration with the University of New South Wales).  Dance4 Producer Claire Hicks was also invited to pake part in this important event.

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