Duncan Holt

Duncan Holt, MA, DC, FMCA, SFHEA (Panel Chair) a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy is a freelance lecturer and researcher in Dance in the UK. In industry he performed with Cycles Dance Company (UK), as well as companies in Canada and Australia and was Dance Artist in Residence at Theatr Clwyd, Wales. Postgraduate student research supervision includes site-specific choreography and current developments in Thai dance. Recent publications include work on ‘touch’ in dance and auto-ethnographic studies in career structures. His current research concerns aspects of men in dance, youth dance and his second career as a McTimoney Chiropractor.



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.