Beatrice Allegranti
1997 …2023

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BA (Hons) Dance 

MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy

PhD Interdiciplinary: Feminism, Choreography, Film, Psychotherapy


As a transdiciplinary practitioner and scholar, Beatrice’s experience is influenced by several intersecting identities: choreographer, filmmaker, psychotherapist, writer/researcher and educator. Over the past two decades UK and international experience has been in choreography and filmmaking as well as psychotherapy practice, supervision and consultancy. 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; Political Signatures (2017), a practice-led 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 informed by her current feminist new materialist Moving Kinship project (Routledge 2023).



Areas of interest: practice-led research; feminist new materialism and posthumanisms; embodied approaches to psychotherapy; interdisciplinary arts-science-humanties research

2022-2025 Sanjini Kedia: 'Moving Men in the Patriarchy: A Feminist Intersectional Practice Led Inquiry in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.

2020-2022 Eloisa Enfiled 'The embodied experiences of body and movement-based psychotherapeutic practitioners working with medically unexplained symptoms'.

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.



2020 Alja Lah: ‘Becoming More Human: A Phenomenological Exploration of Embodied Emotional Awareness in Psychotherapy’. DCPsych in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and Middlesex University. 

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 




Surrey Arts; Public Health; 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.



(2019) Moving Kinship: workshops, lectures and keynote: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

(2018) Moving Kinship Crossing Borders Talk at Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios.

(2018) Women Pioneers and Activists, Featured in Created out of Mind at Wellcome,

(2017) Dancing with Dementia. Review of I’ve Lost You Only To Discover That I Have Gone Missing by award winning journalist Pippa Kelly,

(2017) Dancing with Dementia Review in Care Talk Magazine by award winning journalist Pippa Kelly: :

(2017) The Art of Gesture. Invited Talk and Workshop at the Wellcome Collection, London.

(2016) ‘Embodied approaches for Dementia Care’, Paper and Film Screening at Dementia Pathfinders Annual Awards Ceremony, London.

(2016) ‘Re-negotiating Body Politics through Capoeira: An embodied response to 21st Century Challenges’, TEDx: Metamorphosis: Creative Responses to 21st Century Challenges,

(2015) Award Winner with Jonathan Wyatt of Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award for outstanding papers and new directions in qualitative research

(2011) ‘Under my skin: Capoeira and the Politics of Embodiment’: Talk at the 18th International Capoeira Festival, Mojuba Capoeira. Dance Attic Studios, London.

(2011) Interviewed by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK:

(2010) Interviewed by International Video Channel Interview Project:

(2008) ‘The Human (R)evolution’Science-art hYbrid commission from the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, Porto.

(2008) ‘Personal Text Public Body’, Interviewed by Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, Porto:

(2008) ‘Arts for Peace’. Featured in the Irish Defence Forces Magazine:

(2006) Interviewed by Total Theatre Explores:

Research interests

Dance and Choreography

Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Feminist New Materialism and Posthumanism

Social Justice and Activism 


Embodied Cognition

Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Embodied Approaches in Clinical Supervision

Mental Health, Trauma, Young Onset Dementia

Professional affiliations

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

2016-date One Dance UK Registered Member (Choreographer)

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.



Feminist New Materialism and Posthumanism 

Interdisciplinary Choreographic & Film Practices

Interdisciplinary and Embodied Research Methodologies

Dance and Embodied Practices

Embodied Activisms

Psychotherapy, Mental Health, Trauma, Dementia

Embodied Research Methodologies

Human Development and Growth

Embodied Counter/transference

Embodied Cognition and Neurofeminism

Embodied Approaches to working with Loss, Grief and Dementia



External positions

Artistic and Executive Director , Beatrice Allegranti Company

1 Aug 2016 → …

UKCP Trauma informed Psychotherapist in Private Practice

1 Sept 2005 → …

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