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  • Roehampton Lane, Michaelis 16

    SW15 5PJ London

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile


Alexandra Kolb is Professor of Dance at Roehampton University. She is an experienced international speaker, panel and conference organizer, mentor, and peer reviewer for journals and academic publishers. At Roehampton, she teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Ph.D. supervision, is the Research Degrees Convenor for Ph.D. students, and chairs the MA Dance Philosophy and History programme. She is the Reviews Editor of Dance Research, sits on the AHRC Peer Review Committee, and serves on the board of the Society for Dance Research.


She arrived at Roehampton in 2017 having previously lectured as Reader at Middlesex University (2012-2017), Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Dance programme at the University of Otago in New Zealand (2006-2012), and Coordinator of Academic Studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2005-2006). She has also worked in academic publishing in the fields of dance and music at a German publishing house, Olms. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and first-class Masters degrees from both Cambridge and Cologne.


Her research covers numerous aspects of the political, gender and interdisciplinary treatments of 20th and 21st-century dance. It has been supported by UK, US, German and New Zealand funding bodies and has won several prizes. She is the author of Performing Femininity: Dance and Literature in German Modernism (2009), the editor of Dance and Politics (2011), and has published many international journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics. Her current work includes a monograph on Dance and the Everyday, and a project on Dance Europe Now!


MA (Cologne), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab)

Professional affiliations

Reviews Editor, Dance Research

Executive Committee, SDR (Society for Dance Research),

AHRC Peer Review Committee

Advisory Board, Dance in Dialogue Book Series (Bloomsbury)

Fellow of the Cambridge European Society

Member of the Deutsche Tanzgesellschaft (Germany)

Member of ADSA (Australia)

Research interests

I would welcome potential research degree students to discuss proposals for study in the following areas:

Dance and politics

Dance and gender 

German modern dance

Dance and the everyday 

Dance and literature

Collaboration and interdisciplinarity

Ballet studies

Research Output

Akram Khan, Lloyd Newson and the Challenges of British Multiculturalism

Kolb, A., 12 Nov 2018, In : Dance Research. p. 224 252 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Choreography in the Age of Post-privacy: Sex, Intimacy, Disclosure

Kolb, A., 12 Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Multiculturalism in 21st-Century Choreography: Collaborations and Conflicts

Kolb, A., 6 Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Akram Khan, Lloyd Newson, and the Challenges of British Multiculturalism

Kolb, A., Apr 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Dance and Politics in China: Interculturalism, Hybridity, and the ArtsCross project

Kolb, A., 2017, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics. Kowal, R., Siegmund, G. & Martin, R. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 347-370

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Gertrude Lippincott Award

Alexandra Kolb (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Harry Ransom Research Fellowship

Alexandra Kolb (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Marlis Thiersch Prize

Alexandra Kolb (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Visiting Professorship

Alexandra Kolb (Recipient), 26 Jul 2019

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


Post-Utopia and Europe in the Performing Arts

Alexandra Kolb (Organiser)
23 Jan 202024 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

The Utopia of the Beyond: How Monte Verità changed Dance Culture

Alexandra Kolb (Invited speaker)
10 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Ordinary and extraordinary gestures

Alexandra Kolb (Invited speaker)
5 Jun 20198 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

University of Michigan Press (Publisher)

Alexandra Kolb (Peer reviewer)
3 Aug 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review


Alexandra Kolb (Peer reviewer)
4 Nov 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review