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Dr Jo Read

Senior Lecturer

Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)

Jo Read is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice programme and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She teaches across different choreographic, theory into practice and professional skills modules on the undergraduate dance programme. She is also part of the newly formed Coaching and Mentoring Network at UEL.

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    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.

    PhD Dance Studies (De Montfort University), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), MA (Dist) Dance Cultures, Histories and Practices (University of Surrey), BA (Hons) Dance and Culture with Professional Training (1st Class) (University of Surrey)
    External Examiner at Northern School of Contemporary Dance



    Areas of Research

    - Popular and Social Dance
    - Choreomusicology
    - Dance and Animation Studies
    - Practice as Research  
    - The Arts and Well-being


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    Read, J. (2020) ‘Animating the Real: Illusions, Musicality and the Live Dancing Body’. International Journal of Screendance, Vol 11, forthcoming.

    Other Publications:

    Read, J. (2017) Emancipation of Expressionism. A Resource for Dance Education. Produced by Collins, M. London: Boy Blue Entertainment Ltd

    Read, J. (2016) ‘A Curious Choreomusical Canon. Exploring Relationships in Music and Dance’. In Blurring Boundaries: Urban Street Meets Contemporary Dance. Leicester: Serendipity Artist Movement Ltd


    Teaching Modules:

    - Collaboration 1 – Dancing Cultures

    - Public Project 1 – Choreography and Dance Making

    - Final Project (Choreography)

    - Dance Technique

    - Professional Life 1 (Mental Wealth)

    - Collaboration 2 – Battles