Personal profile


I am a choreographer, writer, director and teacher, working between academic and professional dance contexts, interested in the processes and practices of making movement based performance. I also work as a Gestalt/existential psychotherapist and enquiries from both fields are integrated into practice based research projects.

My career stretches back to the 1960s when I was a ballet dancer and the 1970s when I was co founder of X6 Dance Space in London and co-editor of New Dance Magazine. In the 1980s I was artistic director of Extemporary Dance Theatre; and in the 1990 worked with Phoenix Dance Company and Candoco Dance Company while performing and producing her own shows such as Virginia Minx at Play (1992). In 1997 I was awarded a PhD and published a book, Yes? No! Maybe… Seductive Ambiguity in Dance Theatre Performance (Routledge 2006).

Between 2003-2013 I was Director of BA & MA Choreography at Dartington College of Arts and during the merger with Falmouth University I played a major role in developing the dance and choreography courses.

Over the past few years choreographic projects have taken me to Auckland, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Berlin, Helsinki and Beirut.

Alongside my work as a professor and choreographer, I have a private psychotherapy practice in London.


PhD Dance Studies

MSc Gestalt Psychotherapy

MA Performing Arts


Research interests

My research interweaves the fields of choreography, movement practices, queer studies and Gestalt existential philosophy and psychology.

Choreography and performance research is grounded in the here and now uncertainty of relational practices and processes between performers, performers and makers and performers and audiences.

Research projects

2017                        ‘Walking On Glass’  in Emotion, Space and Society  UK: Elsevier available on line

2016                        ‘I am Because You Are’ in Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. Vol. 8 No. 2 Intellect  pp.115-128

2016                        ‘Live or Dead? Face to Face with Contemporary Dance’

                                    Choreographic Practices 7.1 Intellect pp.143-158 

 2016                        ‘Falling – A Creative Process’ in GJANZ  (Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand) Vol 12 No. 1 pp.  17-29 co-written with L. Osborne

2015                        ‘Messy Bits’ in Collaboration in Performance Practice: Premise, Workings and Failures Edited by Noyale Colin & Stefanie Sachsenmaier London, New York: Palgrave MacMillan ISBN 978-1-137-46245-9

2014                        ‘Face to Face’ for The Impact for Performance Research CARPA 3 Helsinki.

2013                        Editorial for Performance Research 18 – 4 - On Falling

2013                        ‘Can I Let You Fall’ for Performance Research 18.4  On Falling  Routledge  pp. 73-82

2013 Falling About. Two day research lab at Winlab, Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Studios, 

2013 Now & Then X6 & Friends. Chisenhale Dance Space

2013 Co-Editor for Performance Research 18.4 'On Falling' (Routledge 2013)

2012                        ‘Rise & Decline. Reflections through Danscross’ for Theatre Dance & Performance Training (Routledge)

2012 Choreographic projects in Singapore, Beirut, New Zealand, and UK.

2011 Researcher/documentor for Artscross: Rescen + Beijing Dance Academy

2011 Choreographic Research Lab at International Platform for Dance, Beirut

2011 Choreographic Research Lab at Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

2011 British Council funded choreographic research lab, Beirut International Platform for Dance.

2011                        Encountering Uncertainty article for DanceCross Project,  collaboration between Rescen (Middlesex University) and Beijing Dance Academy.

2010                        Still Curious in Routledge Dance Reader 2nd edition London: Routledge

2010 British Council funded choreographic research lab, Beirut International Platform for Dance.

2009 UCF Research grant for DanceCross Project, collaboration between Rescen (Middlesex University) and Beijing Dance Academy.

2009                        ‘Dartington: Then & Now’, Artistic Residencies in Movement News Fall 2009 on line publication

2008-9 Funded Research contract with Transitions Dance Company, Laban (+ Arts Council)

2006                        Yes? No! Maybe… Seductive Ambiguity in Dance (2006) London, New York:  Routledge 

2003-07 Co-director of m&de @ Dartington (music and dance exchange), funded by Arts Council and Dartington +.

2001-04 Embodying Ambiguities - choreography & writing research grant from Arts & Humanities Research Council. Co-director

2000-03 3 year Research Fellowship in Performing Arts funded by Arts & Humanities Research Council, affiliated to University of Surrey

2002                        A Play of Seduction Discourses in Dance Vol.1 No.1

2002                        ‘Standing Still… Looking At You’ Research in Dance Education Vol.3


1999-2003 Director of PAL Dance Labs (choreographic research labs held at Bore Place, Kent) Funded by Nesta

1995-98 PhD scholarship University of Surrey

1995 Arts Council & BBC2 Dance for Camera Award

1994 Arts Council Research & Development Grant

1990-98 Ongoing choreographic performance projects (Arts Council funded)

Professional affiliations




Reviewer: Choreographic Practices

Consultancy work

2017                       External Examiner MA Performance Goldsmiths London

2016                       Consultant for BA Dance programme,  Glasgow University

2013-15                 Academic supervisor for MA Choreography at London School of Contemporary Dance

2014                        External Validator for Royal Holloway BA dance & drama

2013 Mentor for Vicki Igbokwi, Uchenna Dance (ADAD Trailblazers fellowship)

2012 Consultant for Producers and Players (arts & business for AIR sandpits, UCF)

2012 Consultant for practice led research LaSalle School of Performing Arts, Singapore

2008-11 External Examiner (BA & MFA programme) and Consultant for Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

2011 External Examiner for Contemporary Dance Studies at Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

2010 Peer reviewer for Choreographic Practices (Intellect journal)

2010External consultant for MA revalidation Roehampton

2010 External Examiner for PhD students at Roehampton, Middlesex University and University of Auckland.

2009 Revalidation panel member for Dance at La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore

2009 Consultant for Dance courses at Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

2009-10 External Examiner Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (MA Choreography)

2008-9 External Examiner University of Auckland New Zealand (MA Choreography)

2007-8 Examiner for British Ballet Organisation

2006-9 External Examiner Middlesex University (MA Choreography)

2004-8 External Examiner Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Movement for Theatre)

2003-8 External Examiner Laban (MA Performance).

2001-3 Senior Assessor for Trinity Dance & Drama Awards


Choreography, Performance making, Performing skills, Queer theory, Practice led research, UK New Dance, Gender studies.