Victor Fung: Dance4 PHD Student

Victor Fung: Dance4 PHD Student

Developing Creativity in Exceptional Young Dancers: An Investigation of the Dance4 Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme.

Researcher Victor Fung of Middlesex University is currently conducting a doctoral study on the development of creativity in young dancers in collaboration with Dance4 in Nottingham. This research aims to investigation dance training for exceptional young dancers in the UK with a particular focus on the development of creativity.

The Dance4 Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme, a pre-vocational training programme for dancers aged 11-18 in the East Midlands, will be used as the main case study. This qualitative research incorporates the investigation of the programme through an ethnographic approach as well as practice-based research of the researcher's personal practice as a dance artist-teacher. Through investigation, reflection and development of pedagogical practices, a possible framework of critical analysis could be developed for dance practitioners to reflect upon their teaching practice. This research aims to contribute to the future development of the Dance4 CAT programme as well as training for exceptional young dancers both nationally and internationally.

About Victor Fung

Victor Fung is a dance artist and researcher based in London and Hong Kong. He graduated from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and University of California Santa Barbara, and later completed an MA in Choreography at London Contemporary Dance School. He is currently conducting his doctoral research with a studentship award from Middlesex University and Dance4.

This year, Victor received the Award for Young Artist (Dance) for his artistic achievement at the Hong Kong Arts Development Award. As a choreographer, he has received funding and commissions locally and internationally including Arts Council England, Chisenhale Dance Space (UK), Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Dance Alliance, City Contemporary Dance Company (HK), Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Junior Dance Company (IT) amongst others. His production Not Enough (Beyond Reason) was shortlisted as one of the three Outstanding Independent Dance for the 2012 Hong Kong Dance Award. As a performer, his recent performance credits include Aida at Royal Albert Hall, Tino Seghal's These Association at Tate Modern and Hollywood production 47 Ronin featuring Keanu Reeves. Besides choreographing and performing, Victor is also an experienced dance teacher and has taught classes for a wide range of institutions and organisations including The Place, London Contemporary Dance School, Henny Jurriëns Foundation (NL) and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts amongst others.