Cathy Childs is principal lecturer and Head of Dance at the University of Chichester. She leads the BA Dance and MA Performance Dance Programmes, including the touring company mapdance. Her teaching and research specialisms include dance technique and performance. She trained at Laban and performed with Transitions Dance Company before joining English Dance Theatre. Cathy leads courses in dance pedagogy and is a link tutor to trainee teachers, visiting schools and colleges with 3Fall delivering training, workshops and performances. She has been an executive board member for DanceHE, the representative organisation for Dance in Higher Education in the UK.
Universities are not individually unique. They stand next to each other in the various hierarchies of excellence that are underpinned by commonalities of the various statures that they accrue in learning, teaching, research and a host of cultural and social impacts as are measured regionally, nationally and internationally. It is as we move toward closer international ties with our World Dance Alliance colleagues in higher education who work in dance that we look to our own ways and means with a view to revealing what we, in the UK, do in our delivery of dance to higher education students, and some of the constraints within which we work. With this in hand as a reference, we might then seek to discuss with our colleagues in other countries the many ways and means in which the similarities and differences have emerged from our various contexts as we all work towards inspiring the next generation of dancing graduates.