Research areas

  • AI Indexes (General) - embodyment, diasporic aesthetic, processes of identification, knowledge production, sustainability, dance studies, coloniality


Dr. Rosa is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton’s Department of Dance. She has previously taught in multiple colleges and universities the US, including the University of California Riverside, Tufts University, Reed College, and Florida State University Tallahassee. She was also a research fellow at Freie Universität Berlin’s International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” (Germany, 2012-13). She earned her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Research interests


Rosa’s area of interest includes dance in the Americas and the African diaspora, as well as colonial and postcolonial issues in dance. She has been particularly interested in the relationship across embodiment, knowledge production and processes of identification. In her book Brazilian Bodies and Their Choreographies of Identification (Palgrave McMillan, 2015), for example, Rosa examines how aesthetic principles cultivated across the black Atlantic contributed to the construction of Brazil as an imagined community. She has also been published in the edited books Moving (Across) Borders (2017), Performing Brazil (2015) and Cultures in Process: Encounter and Experience (2009), and peer reviewed journals such as TDR and e-misférica.

Since 2016, Rosa has embarked on a new research project which explores, in a broad sense, the relationship between dance and sustainability.


Professional affiliations

Society of Dance History Scholars

The International Federation for Theatre Research


Dancing Communities and Citizenship

Ways of Knowing

Extended Essays

From Process to Product


Research outputs

  1. The Curious Case of Maxixe Dancing: From Colonial Dissent to Modern Fitness

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. The Gesture of Interweaving: A Look at the Landscape of Contemporary Dance in Brazil

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. Os Fluxos e Refluxos da Geopolítica da Produção do Conhecimento em Dança

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

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