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Dr Jo Read

Senior Lecturer in Dance: Urban Practice

Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)

Jo Read teaches across a range of modules on the Dance: Urban Practice, and research and teaching interests include choreomusicology, choreography, popular dance practices (particularly popping, hip hop and house), and theory through practice.  

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    Jo teaches across a range of undergraduate modules on the BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice programme. Her teaching and research interests include choreomusicology, choreography and composition, popular dance practices (with a particular interest in the New Jack Swing era and hip hop dance), and combining models of theory and practice through teaching and research.

    Jo completed her AHRC funded PhD in 2017 at De Montfort University, which focussed on choreomusicality and UK popping practices. She also completed an MA (Dist) in Dance Histories, Cultures and Practices and her BA (Hons) Dance and Culture with Professional Training, both at the University of Surrey.


    Jo's research interests are based in the fields of choreomusicology, animation and popular dance practices. Additionally, she is also a professional dancer and maker and has specific interests in styles such as hip hop, popping and house dance.

    I am currently completing a part time PhD at De Montfort University, which explores choreomusicality in popping practices on stage in the UK. This research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and features a combination of theory and practice.

    Conference Papers
    (2015) ‘A Curious Choreomusical Canon: Exploring Relationships Between Music and Dance’. Blurring Boundaries as part of LDIF, Serendipity. De Montfort University.
    (2014) ‘The Allure of the Backbeat: Choreomusical Games of a Beat-freak’. PoP Moves Conference. University of Royal Holloway.|
    (2013) ‘DeConduct: presentation and performance’. Cultural Exchanges. De Montfort University.|
    (2012) ‘Middle Art?’ PoP Moves Conference. University of Chichester.|

    Performances and Projects
    (2016) "Just Funk" choreographed in collaboration with Vicky "Skytilz" Mantey. Alvin Ailey Theatre, Ladies of Hip Hop Festival, New York. 
    (2016) Dancer in "Shoop", by Bly Films, short dance video directed and choreographed by Bly Richards. 
    (2015) Dancer in "Blue Eyed Vision" studio show at Studio 68, London with Boy Blue Entertainment. 
    (2015) Dancer in "Dancers Delight" with Boy Blue Entertainment at 229 The Venue, London. 
    (2015) Dancer. “Picnic” Choreographed by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre. National Theatre Watch This Space Festival, Southbank, London.
    (2015) Dancer. “A Night With Boy Blue Entertainment” Barbican, London.
    (2015) Dancer. “The Medley” Choreographed by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London.
    (2015) Dancer. Boy Blue performance at Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol.
    (2014) Dancer and Choreographer. “Interpretari” in collaboration with Anna Tabush and The Dance Movement. At G Live, Guildford, Surrey.
    (2014 and 2013) Dancer “Picnic” Choreographed by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre. Touring outdoor festivals including: National Theatre Watch This Space Festival, London, Kendall Mint Festival, Big Dance Bus in Covent Garden, and Abundance Festival in Sweden.
    (2013) Dancer and Choreographer. “Body Stories” in collaboration with Caroline Lofthouse and Kingston University. Kingston Connections Festival, The Rose Theatre, Kingston.
    (2013) Dancer and Choreographer. “Duo” in collaboration with Vikkie Steege. Collabo, Stratford Circus Theatre, London.
    (2013) Dancer and Choreographer. “DeConduct” in collaboration with DJ Pyskomantus and Breakin Convention, Open Art Surgery. Lilyan Baylis Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, London.
    (2012) Dancer. “Moving Forward” in collaboration with Robert Hylton. B Supreme Festival, Bloomsbury Theatre, London.
    (2011) Choreographer. “A 21st Century Christmas Carol”. Commissioned by Woking Dance Festival, The Lightbox, Surrey.
    (2010) Dancer. T21 Dance Choreographed by Vikkie Steege. Breakin’ Convention, The Dome, Brighton.
    (2010) Choreographer. “The North Wind and the Sun”. Commissioned by Woking Dance Festival. Fuse Festival, Kent.
    (2009) Dancer. “Hidden” choreographed and directed by Karen da Silva. Woking Dance festival, Surrey.


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    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.

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

    Examples of Performances & Projects:

    (2018) Emancipation of Expressionism, performing with Boy Blue Entertainment as part of "Darcey Bussell's New Dance" aired on BBC 2 on Saturday 27th January 2018.
    (2012-2017) Performing "Picnic" for Etta Ermini Dance Theatre, an outdoor touring physical theatre duet. Performances include National Theatre "Watch this Space" festival, "Abundance" festival in Karlstad Sweden, "Mintfest" in Kendal Lake District, and "Siuolaikinio Meno" festival in Rokiskis, Lithuania.
    (2017) Performing at Latitude Festival with Boy Blue Entertainment.
    (2016) Performing "Just Funk", a popping duet in collaboration with Vicky "Skytilz" Mantey as part of "Ladies of Hip Hop Festival", at the Alvin Ailey Theatre in New York City, USA.
    (2014) Collaborative choreographic project with Musician Anna Tabbush and Rachel Palmer (The Dance Movement) to perform "Interpretari" at G Live, Guildford.
    (2012) Performing "Moving Forward", an experimental popping solo choreographed by Robert Hylton. Performed at B Supreme Festival, London and Woking Dance Festival, Surrey.



    Choreomusicality, popular and social dance practices (particularly popping, hip hop and house), theory through practice, and choreography.



    PA4101 Choreographing the Body, Staging the Body
    PA4203 Locating Dance Cultures, Making Dance Cultures
    PA6201 Final Project
    PA6002 Dancing in the Community, Working in the Community
    BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice
    Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy