Photo of Stacey Prickett
  • 118 Lawrence, Froebel

1989 …2020

Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research interests

I am interested in the exploration of socio-cultural issues related to institutional and body politics across a range of dance and performance practices. Research topics include left wing dance in 1930s Britain and the USA, current South Asian dance practices in Britain, dance and social justice themes in contemporary choreography in the USA and Britain, and dance and cultural diplomacy during the Cold War. 

Research projects

Publications and Professional Connections
My most recent publication is the Routledge Companion to Dance Studies, 2019, co-edited with Professor Helen Thomas.  My sole authored book Embodied Politics: Dance, Protest and Identities (2013, Dance Books), draws together four case studies on dance and politics in the USA and Britain. I regularly contribute to international conferences and academic journals.  Invited lectures include Dancing the Cold War Symposium at Columbia University (2017), a keynote at the Dance and Democracy Conference, Nordic Forum for Dance Research, in Gothenburg, Sweden (2017) and a seminar on Cultural Diplomacy and Dance at the Athens Festival at the British School at Athens (2018).  I chair the Board of Directors of the Sonia Sabri Company based in Birmingham.

Postgraduate Supervision
I invite applications on projects investigating a range of dance practices from socio-cultural perspectives. I have co-supervised interdisciplinary PhDs with Film Studies and Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Previous students have completed theses on the following topics:

  • Community dance and New Labour
  • The Cancan and body politics (Enlightenment to Postmodernity)
  • Maya Deren and screen dance
  • Pina Bausch, Tanztheater and the spectator
  • Flamenco dance communities in London
  • Anlo Ewe Dance in Ghana and Britain
  • Black British ballet dancers and the politics of race
  • Contemporary dance and Identity in Cyprus
  • MGM Film musicals and contemporary adaptations in musical theatre productions
  • Ritual movement in Sufi religious practices
  • Women and Tap Dance (MPhil)
  • Site Dance and Agency (PhD by publication)
  • Apollonian and Dionysian aesthetics in dance

My current PhD students are working on:

  • European contemporary choreographic practices and somatics in the 1980s
  • South Korean contemporary dance
  • Exmination of gender and the Japanese walking practice, suriashi


I teach on BA modules covering contextual approaches to dance studies; dance, power and politics; and dance criticism. I contribute to the MA Dance Cluster and convene the MA course Politics and the Sociology of Dance. I also supervise MA and PhD dissertations.


Since receiving my BA in Dance (cum laude) from the University of California Riverside and an MA and a PhD in Dance Studies from Laban, my research has continued to focus on identity issues in dance.  My theoretical grounding is in history, sociology of dance and dance analysis, examining themes such as dance and left wing politics, cultural diplomacy and cultural practices in relation to wider society.  My work has been supported by grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. 


BA (cum laude), MA, PhD

Professional affiliations

Member of the AHRC Peer Review College

Member of of the Society for Dance Research

Member Nominations Committee Dance Studies Association (formerly on the Board of Directors of Congress on Research in Dance)

Member Dance Studies Association

Consultancy work

Authored reports commissioned by Akademi, documenting Artist Forum meetings in 2011, 2010, authored report on Looking for the Invisible symposium on February 25, 2012


Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output

Kyle Abraham entry

Prickett, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Fifty Contemporary Choreographers. Sanders, L. & Butterworth, J. (eds.). 3rd ed. London: Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

‘‘Taking America’s Story to the World’: Jerome Robbins Ballets: U.S.A. during the Cold War’

Prickett, S., 15 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Dance Research Journal. 52, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Downloads (Pure)

Introduction: Thematic Structure, Methodological Frames, and Analyses

Prickett, S. & Thomas, H., 18 Nov 2019, Routledge Companion to Dance Studies. Prickett, S. & Thomas, H. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Millenial Choreographic Challenges: Survival, Celebration and Critique

Prickett, S., 2018, Shifting Corporealities in Contemporary Performance: Danger, Im/mobility and Politics. Grzinic, M. & Stojnic, A. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 275-292 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Beyond the Frame and Gods and Mortals: Dance Review

Prickett, S., 2017, In : Pulse South Asian Music and Dance. 137, p. 26-27

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


Martha Graham's Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy

Stacey Prickett (Speaker)

10 Mar 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Dance Research Journal (Journal)

Stacey Prickett (Editor)


Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial Activity

Dance Studies Association Annual Conference

Stacey Prickett (Participant)

8 Aug 201911 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Federation of Theatre Research

Stacey Prickett (Participant)

8 Jul 201912 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Federation of Theatre Research

Stacey Prickett (Speaker)

9 Jun 201813 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Black British Ballet: Race, Representation and Aesthetics

Author: Bourne, S. M., 7 Nov 2017

Supervisor: Grau, A. (Supervisor) & Prickett, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Dancing sites: ethics, agency, and the choreographic act

Author: Kloetzel, M., 17 Dec 2018

Supervisor: Prickett, S. (Supervisor) & Wilkie, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Dancing the self: Cypriot sociocultural identity and contemporary choreography

Author: Drogari, E., 25 Jan 2019

Supervisor: Prickett, S. (Supervisor) & David, A. R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Re-imagining the MGM musical: authorship and adaptation in film and stage musicals

Author: James, N., 2017

Supervisor: Prickett, S. (Supervisor) & Hammond, H. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis