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The Dance Studies Programme is New Zealand's leading centre for postgraduate research in dance, with a wealth of expertise in teaching and learning, choreographic practice and dance ethnography.

Associate Professor Ralph Buck

Research Areas

  • Dance education
  • Dance pedagogy
  • Community dance
  • Dance curriculum

Current and recent PhD supervision

  • Barbara Snook (2009-2012): "How can primary school teachers be supported in their implementation of the dance curriculum?"
  • Michael Parmenter (2009-): "Gestures of aliveness: Encounters between dance and a phenomenology of life"
  • Dagmar Simon (2010-2014): "Dancing the city of diversity"
  • Marion Cowper (2013- ): "Belly dance behind the wire"
  • Jin Jin (2014 - ) Dance education in New Zealand and China
  • Alfdaniels Mabingo (2014 - ) Dance education in Uganda
  • Carlene Newell (2015 - ) Dance and dementia

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Associate Professor Carol Brown

Research Areas

  • Choreographic practices
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Dance and creative technologies
  • Dance, gender and sexualities
  • Dance and somatic practices

Completed PhD supervision

  • Natalie Garrett (2007): "Somatic Informed Choreographic Practice", Roehampton University UK
  • Jenny Roche (2009): "Moving Identities: Multiplicity, Embodiment, and the Contemporary Dance", Roehampton University, UK
  • Efrosini Protopapa (2009): "The Possibility of Dance:  Choreographic Practice and the Abstraction of the Real", Roehampton University UK
  • Mark Harvey (2012): "Performance: Test: Labour" AUT, New Zealand. 
  • Rebecca Wood (2015): "Choreoauratics: Social Choreographies for the Ears." (PhD with Creative Practice), University of Auckland, New Zealand. 

Current PhD supervision

  • Suzanne Cowan (2012-): "Disability, Sexuality and the Performance of Vulnerability"
  • Emily Campbell (2012-): "Dance and The Third Body of Technique"
  • Deborah Lawler-Dorner (2013-): "ALTER: New Media Art practices at the intersection of neuroscience, medical imaging, biomimetic artificial intelligence and the posthuman."
  • Ariadne Mikou (2013-): "The use of architectural theory as the basis of choreographic structures." Roehampton University, UK. 

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Associate Professor Nicholas Rowe

Research Areas

  • Dance ethnography and history
  • Dance in education and communities
  • Tertiary arts education
  • Creative practice and digital technology

Current and recent PhD supervision

  • Linda Ashley (2011): "Teaching dance from contextual perspectives in the New Zealand curriculum: concerns, dilemmas and opportunities in theory and practice"
  • Rosemary Martin (2012): "Women's dance narratives in the Middle East"
  • Michael Parmenter (2009-): "Gestures of aliveness: Encounters between dance and a phenomenology of life"
  • David Zeitner (2010-): "Dance and creativity in the MBA"
  • Felicity Molloy (2011-): "Fit to teach: Tracing tacit elements of dance performance in tertiary teaching repertoire"
  • Tia Rehana (2013-): "Landscapes of learning from within community and curricula: An indigenous exploration of knowledge and embodiment"
  • Sarah Knox (2013-): "Processing pedagogy: Cultural translation within professional dance institutions in Asia"

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Dr Mark Harvey

Research areas

  • Interdisciplinary performance
  • Choreographic practice
  • Visual arts performance / live art
  • Social practices in live art
  • Performance studies
Current PhD supervision
  • Rebecca Hobbs (2014 - ): "Approximately fifty-three performative gestures." (DocFA candidate, Elam School of Fine Arts.)

Dr Alys Longley

Research Areas

  • Practice-led research
  • Somatic approaches to teaching and choreography
  • Performative, poetic and ethnographic writing
  • Ecology and community

Current and Recent PhD supervision

  • Rebecca Wood (2011 - 2015): "Social Choreographies for the Ears - Practice–Led Research in Sound Art, Choreography, and Somatics"
  • Morrigan Mullen (2011- 2014): "Economies of Applied Theatre - A Multi-Sited Ethnography"
  • Emily Campbell (2013-): "Narrating her Story: Practice-Led Research in Choreography and Creative Writing"

Dr Rosemary Martin

Research Areas

  • Dance ethnography
  • Dance education
  • Dance in post colonial contexts
  • Dance in the Middle Eastern region
  • Dance and politics

Current and recent PhD supervision

  • Marion Cowper (2014 - ) "Belly dance behind the wire" (co-supervisor with Associate Professor Ralph Buck)
  • Jin Jin (2014 - ) Dance education in New Zealand and China (co-supervisor with Associate Professor Ralph Buck)
  • Sophie Williams (2014 - ) Indigenous performative knowledge in Aotearoa and Fiji (main supervisor with co-supervision from Dr Arapera Ngaha)
  • Pauline Hiroti (2015 - Community dance practices for 'at risk' youth in Aotearoa (main supervisor with co-supervision from Associate Professor Ann Sullivan)
  • Nicole Pereira (2015 - ) Dance education and pedagogical practices in Tonga (co-supervisor with Associate Professor Nicholas Rowe)