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BA (Hons) Dance

MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy

PhD Interdiciplinary: Feminism, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Performance


Beatrice’s experience is influenced by several intersecting identities as independentchoreographer, filmmaker, dance movement psychotherapist, and award-winning writer/researcher and educator, with an interdisciplinary PhD in performance, feminism and psychotherapy. In 2011 she was appointed the position of Reader in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and created the inaugural Centre for Arts Therapies Research at the University of Roehampton. Beatrice has trained dancers, actors and dance movement psychotherapists for over twenty years and has written and led the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) and the first European DMP Supervision Training at the University of Roehampton.

For over two decades her international experience encompasses choreography and filmmaking as well as clinical practice, consultancy and supervision. This includes facilitating international dance movement psychotherapy conflict resolution work with young people from Palestine and Israel (Arts For Peace & The Irish Defense Forces); UK National Health psychotherapy work (in the context of adult mental health; dementia; special needs; autism) as well as training NHS staff in kinesthetic communication. Beatrice has been played a leading role in several inaugural international DMP trainings (Poland; Holland) and has shaped policy for the profession of DMP in the UK for the past twenty years. 

Through her work, Beatrice brings the arts, humanities and sciences into conversation. Her portfolio includes a combination of peer reviewed written publications, conference presentations, short films and dance theatre performances – all with a strong socio-political focus. Examples of work that moves across disciplinary boundaries include: her book Embodied Performances: Sexuality, Gender Bodies (Palgrave Macmillan 2011); Becoming Bodies (2013); a short dance film exploring the relationship between biology and body politics; Your Story Calls Me (2013) a short dance film and research project about the experience of loss and grief; I Can’t Find Myself (2015) a short film and research project about experience of dementia, made in collaboration with composer Jill Halstead and the Grieg Academy of Music, Bergen; Embodied Signatures (2017),a research collaboration and documentary film combining dance movement psychotherapy, cognitive neuroscience and the Afro-Brazilian art of capoeira in collaboration with neuroscientist Jonathan Silas and Mojuba Capoeira London; and the current Arts Council England supported Moving Kinship project combining choreography and dance movement psychotherapy with people living with rare/young onset dementia and their families. Both the participatory and dance theatre production strands of this work are touring the UK and internationally (Norway, The Netherlands, Japan). Beatrice is currently working on her second book based on the Moving Kinship project. www.beatriceallegranti.com



2019 - 2024 Eszter Ivan: ‘An Interdisciplinary Investigation into Living with Medically Unexplained Symptoms’. PhD | Director of Studies.

2020  Jenna Jacob 'Personalised Outcome Measurement: Using Goals to Evidence Outcomes That are Important to Young People in Therapeutic Mental Health Settings' | Co-supervisor.

2019 Fabienne Formosa: ‘Moving Gender and Mental Health: A Practice-Based Investigation’. PhD| Director of Studies. 

2017 Marina Rova: ‘Embodying Kinesthetic Empathy: A practice-based study
combining phenomenology, dance movement psychotherapy and cognitive
neuroscience’. First PhD of its kind | Director of Studies.

2015 Hannah Humphry-Baker: ‘Men, Miscarriage, and Therapy: An Interpretative
Phenomenological Analysis of how men experience one-to-one therapy
after a late miscarriage or stillbirth’. PsychD | Co-supervisor.

2015 Agne Bieliunaite: ‘The experience of growing up with a narcissistic mother: the
perspectives of adult daughters‘. PsychD | Co-supervisor.

2015 Marina Tsartsara: ‘My in-complete Body: An autoethnographic performance
investigation into CPT2 metabolic mopathy.’ PhD | Director of Studies

2011 Sarah Knight: ‘Being “heard” in the counselling relationship: an investigation into the experience of hard of hearing clients’. PsychD | Co-supervisor.

2009 Tina Peitsch: ‘Hearing the person in the life story: Introducing a narrative counselling psychology perspective on adult mental health’. | Co-supervisor.



2019 Melanie Brierley: 'Changing Perspectives in the Lived Body: Reflections of one to one dance and Parkinson's practice as 'Home Performance''. PhD UoR

2017: Fiona Murray:  'The Porn Factory: A feminist dystopian inquiry into porn (re)produced worlds'. PhD Univeristy of Edinburgh.

2012   Mihaela Zdrali: ‘Counselling Psychologists’ Embodied Experience of Empathic Attunement in their Clinical Work: A Qualitative Investigation’. PsychD UoR

2009   Richard Coaten: ‘Building Bridges of Understanding: the use of    embodied practices with people with dementia and their care staff as mediated by dance movement psychotherapy’. PhD UoR



2019          Goldsmith’s College, University of  London, Gradute programmes panel reviewer

2016-date  University of Hull, External Advisor, Masters

2015-date  External Examiner University of Chichester, MA in Somatic Arts by  Practice

2015-date  PhD application external assessor, University of Chichester

2012          Revalidation panel expert for MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, University of Derby.

2012           Revalidation panel expert for MA in Dance Psychotherapy, Codarts, Rotterdam

2008-2012    External Examiner for the BA (Hons) Creative Arts in Education.

2008             Validation panel member for, BA (Hons) Creative Arts in Education, University of Wales.



Feminist Review (Sage Journals)

Dance Research Journal (Cambridge University Press)

The Arts in Psychotherapy (Elseiver)

Body Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy Journal (Routledge)

British Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Wiley)

Journal of Applied Social Psychology (Wiley)

Jessica Kingsley Publishers



London Arts; Arts Council England; Public Health England; UnLtd Catalyst Award; Grieg Academy of Music – Norway; Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia – Porto; hYbrid – Conversations between Science and Art at IBMC Porto; University of Roehampton – Department of Psychology; White Hart Lane Therapy Centre; N Creative; Women Director’s Cut – Video Channel Cologne, Santander Award for UK-Brazilian Collaboration, the 2015 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award.



Research interests

Dance and Choreography

Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Feminist New Materialism and Posthumanism


Embodied Cognition

Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Embodied Approaches in Clinical Supervision

Professional affiliations

2016-date United Kingdom Council for Counselling and Psychotherapy Registered Member.

1997-date  Senior Registered Member Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK

2004-10  Professional Registration Committee Member – Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy. Advising council, assessing UK registration procedures and applications for membership, writing and implementation of policy: professional codes of practice and ethics. Liaising with local and central government regarding HPC regulation procedures.

2010-date  Training and Education Committee Member: Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK. Devising and implementing training and education policy for postgraduate programmes in the UK.  

Consultancy work

2018 Wellcome Hub: Interdisciplinary science-art Created Out of Mind team consultant. 

2012   Rotterdam Dance Academy, The Netherlands, Expert panel member for MA Dance Therapy Audit.

2004-2010   Arts for Peace Foundation, Ireland in partnership with the Irish Government, the United Nations and the Right to Play: Facilitating and assessing dance movement psychotherapy groups of adolescents from European and Middle Eastern countries experiencing conflict.

2008   Hong Kong Medical Foundation - introduction to dance movement psychotherapy work, clinical workshops for social workers and lecture.



Interdisciplinary Choreographic Practices

Dance and Dementia

Embodied Research Methodologies

Human Development and Growth

Embodied Counter/transference

Feminist New Materialism and Posthumanism in Dance and Dance Movement Psychotherapy 

Embodied Cognition and Neurofeminism

Embodied Approaches to working with Loss, Grief and Dementia


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Research Output

Dancing Activism: Choreographing the Material With/in Dementia

Allegranti, B., 1 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) International perspectives on Dance Movement Therapy: Dance and Creative Process in Theory, Research and Practice. Chaiklin, S. & Wendgrower, H. (eds.). U.S. : Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Moving Kinship: Between Choreography, Performance and the More-Than-Human

Allegranti, B., 1 Oct 2019, The Routledge Handbook for Dance Studies . Thomas, H. & Prickett, S. (eds.). UK : Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Moving Kinship: Between choreography, psychotherapy and everyday life

Allegranti, B., 15 Feb 2019, (Submitted) European Conference of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Edinburgh: Qualitative Inquiry as Activism.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Moving Kinship: Towards Material Equalities in Everyday Life

Allegranti, B., 8 Mar 2019, GRACE Conference: Cultural In/Equalities of Gender and Culture.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Editorial for the special issue on eros, sexuality and gender, Autumn 2018

Allegranti, B. & Weiss, H., 22 Aug 2018, In : Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. 13, 3, p. 137-142 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial


2015 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award

Beatrice Allegranti (Recipient), May 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

UnLTD: Social Enterprise Award

Beatrice Allegranti (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


South West Yorkshire NHS Participatory Dance Pilot

Beatrice Allegranti (Organiser)

Apr 2020

Activity: Public engagement and outreachOther

LGBTQ International Music Network Pilot

Beatrice Allegranti (Organiser)

Apr 2020

Activity: Public engagement and outreachWork on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

BBC Arts and Wellbeing Working Group

Beatrice Allegranti (Participant)

2019 → …

Activity: Public engagement and outreachWork on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Residency

Beatrice Allegranti (Organiser)

Jul 2019 → …

Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

Yorkshire Dance

Beatrice Allegranti (Speaker)

Oct 2019

Activity: Public engagement and outreachFestival/Exhibition


Being ‘heard’ in the counselling relationship. An investigation into the experience of hard of hearing clients

Author: Knight, S., 7 Sep 2011

Supervisor: Greenwood, D. (External person) (Supervisor) & Allegranti, B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Embodying kinaesthetic empathy : a practice-based and interdisciplinary investigation

Author: Rova, M., 6 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Allegranti, B. (Supervisor) & Silas, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


How do fathers make sense of their experience of stillbirth after therapy? An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Author: Humphry-Baker, H. J., 19 Feb 2016

Supervisor: Gaitanidis, A. (Supervisor) & Allegranti, B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis