Jo Read is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice programme and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She recently completed an AHRC funded PhD at De Montfort University, exploring choreomusicality in street dance practices in the UK.
Jo previously worked as a visiting Lecturer at Kingston University, and has also delivered guest workshops at Trinity Laban and Middlesex University. As a dancer, Jo has a keen interest in popular and social dance forms, and currently focuses on Litefeet in her training. As a dancer, she has previously performed in projects as part of hip-hop dance company Boy Blue such as Emancipation of Expressionism (2017), and also reached the finals for the 2v2 Litefeet battles at Litefest 2019.
Jo has previously collaborated with artists such as Robert Hylton, Caroline Lofthouse, Anna Tabbush, Etta Ermini and Vicky "Skytilz" Mantey on various National and International theatre-based and outdoor choreographic projects as a dancer and choreographer.
She is currently beginning research for a new choreographic project called Dancing With Endo, which focuses on professional dancers who also have endometriosis.