Dr Sara Reed is Associate Head of Performing Arts Coventry University, UK. Her career has spanned a wide range of dance, performance, arts and education contexts. She has held senior posts at a number of higher education institutions and dance organisations including; the University of Surrey, Dartington College of Arts, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Dance and Theatre Cornwall and the Jerwood Dance House, Suffolk. After initial study and training at Laban she gained an MA in Performing Arts from Middlesex University and a PhD from the University of Surrey. Sara is a Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement teacher.



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.