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Sara Houston

Dr

  • 113 Lawrence, Froebel

20042019

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Biography

I speak internationally on community dance and political issues concerning dance and the arts. I am passionate about everybody dancing whatever age, gender or ability. In teaching, I focus on the skills and issues connected with delivering dance in community settings, as well as guiding students through sociological, aesthetic and political theories applied to dance.

I am particularly interested in dance for people who feel marginalised in society. My current prize-winning research project (2010 - 2014) centres on the impact of dancing for those living with Parkinson's and has been commissioned by English National Ballet. In 2011, the Bupa Foundation awarded me its prestigious Vitality for LifePrize for the Dance for Parkinson's research.

As a dance consultant I have undertaken research in an adult male prison with Motionhouse Dance Theatre and Surrey Forensic Psychology Unit as part of Arts Council England's Dancing Included project (2003 - 2004), and within a school setting for Handsworth King Edward VI School Birmingham (2004 - 2005). I received a Research Fellowship from the University of Surrey to examine reflection as a tool for professional development for arts managers (2006 - 2008). In 2014 the Higher Education Academy awarded me with a National Teaching Fellowship.

I was trained at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and I was awarded my PhD by Roehampton in 2002, which examined the relationships between community dance and New Labour discourse. I have taught across the vocational and university sectors in the UK. I am Chair of the Board of Trustees and Directors of People Dancing: the Foundation for Communitiy Dance.

Qualifications

BA (Hons), MA, PhD, PGCAP, NTF, PFHEA

Research interests

Community dance, Parkinson's, dance and health, politics of dance, dance aesthetics, sociology of dance, dance in marginalised communities, reflection for professional development.

Research projects

English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson's (2010 - 2015)

Examining reflection as a tool for professional development for music and dance managers in the subsidised sector (2007 - 2008)

Research and evaluation for King Edward VI Handsworth School Birmingham (2004 - 2005)

Dancing Inside for HMP Dovegate, Motionhouse Dance Theatre and Surrey Forensic Psychology Unit (2003 - 2004)

Professional affiliations

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Association of National Teaching Fellows

Society for Dance Research

Consultancy work

English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson's (2010 - 2014)

Research and evaluation for King Edward VI Handsworth School Birmingham (2004 - 2005)

Dancing Inside for HMP Dovegate, Motionhouse Dance Theatre and Surrey Forensic Psychology Unit (2003 - 2004)

Links

External positions

Chair, People Dancing

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Research Output

Caring Beyond Illness: an examination of Godder's socially engaged art and participatory dance for Parkinson's work

Houston, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Performing Care. Thompson, J. & Stuart-Fisher, A. (eds.). Manchester University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Dance as Embodied Ethics

Houston, S., Bresnahan, A. & Katan, E., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy. Lagaay, A. (ed.). Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Dancing

Houston, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Routledge Companion to Health Humanities. Crawford, P. (ed.). Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Dancing with Parkinson's

Houston, S., Sep 2019, Bristol: Intellect Books and the University of Chicago Press (USA). 200 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Different Bodies: A Poetic Study of Dance and People with Parkinson's

Houston, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Routledge Companion to Dance Studies. London: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Prizes

Finalist for NCCPE National Awards for Public Engagement 2014

Sara Houston (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

National Teaching Fellowship

Sara Houston (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Vitality for Life Prize 2011 BUPA Foundation Award

Sara Houston (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

  • 12 Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee
  • 5 Publication peer-review

Peer Review College Member and Subject Panel Member for AHRC TECHNE PhD applications

Sara Houston (Reviewer)
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Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

Arts & Health (Journal)

Sara Houston (Peer reviewer)
2018

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

Practice and Strategy Group, Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK

Sara Houston (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

Peer reviewer for Stroke Association/British Heart Foundation clinical study awards Project Grants

Sara Houston (Organiser)
2017 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

Member of AHRC Peer Review College

Sara Houston (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

Thesis

Living with Parkinsonism: Does dance help improve the quality of movement, functions and everyday activities?

Author: McGill, A., 2016

Supervisor: Houston, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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Recreation and Significant Others: seeking post-work possibilities in contemporary choreography

Author: Kleiman, G., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Bayly, S. (Supervisor) & Houston, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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