Project Team

Who we are and how to contact us

Dr Libby Worth, Research Lead and South East Co-ordinator
Libby is Reader in Contemporary Performance Practices, Royal Holloway, University of London. She is a movement practitioner with research interests in physical theatres, site-responsive performance, performance training and in folk/traditional and amateur dance. She is co-editor of the journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training and has published widely including on Anna Halprin, Mabel Todd, amateur performance, folk dance at the Royal Ballet School, Jasmin Vardimon’s Dance Theatre, the Feldenkrais Method and on clog, step and rapper sword dancing. For details see: Libby Worth — Royal Holloway Research Portal

Professor Jerri Daboo, Co-Researcher and South West Co-ordinator
Jerri Daboo is Professor of Performance in the Department of Communication, Drama, and Film at the University of Exeter. Her work focuses on performance and culture in a range of contexts, and moves across theatre, dance, music and popular culture. She has researched the histories and cultures of the British South Asian communities for many years, as well as on transnational connections between Britain and India. She has been a dancer and musician, and researched and written on traditional forms of music and dance, including producing a monograph on tarantism and pizzica in Southern Italy. For more detail see Jerri's profile at University of Exeter

Dr Rosemary (Rosa) Cisneros, Midlands Dance Consultant and Midlands Co-ordinator
Rosa Cisneros is a dancer, artist, researcher, consultant and filmmaker of mixed ethnic background who has over 25 years managing, developing and delivering projects. She is director of RosaSenCis film Production Co., a company that aims to create inclusive and accessible resources and teaching guides used by major organisations such as the NHS. Rosa has co-authored papers on ethics within dance, intersectionality, and led projects that explore ethical methods and equitable practices. She sits on many boards including AWA dance, Early Dance Circle among many others and all of her work has a commitment to racial and environmental justice. For more details see Rosa's profile at Coventry University
Email: | Twitter: @RosaSenCis


We are delighted to have three partner organisations engaged in this project:

  • Creative Lives - Since 1991, Creative Lives (formerly Voluntary Arts) has championed community and volunteer-led creative activity. We work to improve opportunities for everyone to be creative and, in particular, we celebrate and promote people expressing themselves creatively with others, recognising the benefits that can bring. Website
  • The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is the national folk arts development organisation for England, based at Cecil Sharp House, in Camden, North London. We champion the folk arts at the heart of England's rich and diverse cultural landscape. Website
  • IN2 Digital Innovations is a software development company with many years of experience in AI who designs, develops and operates web-based solutions at scale since 2005. The company is the technical partner in the project. Website

Advisory Group

Chair: Emma Meehan - Associate Professor, Centre for Dance Research (C-Dare) Coventry University. Website

  • Akosua Boakye BEM, Founder and Director of AkomaAsa Performing Arts Academy;
  • Theresa Buckland, Emeritus Professor of Dance History and Ethnography, University of Roehampton; Website | Profile at The British Academy
  • Debbie Fionn Barr, Choreographer and dance scholar;
  • Kerry Fletcher, Co-Artistic Director of Folk Dance Remixed and Folk Education Network Co-ordinator for EFDSS; Website | Facebook
  • Natasha Khamjani, Choreographer and Co-Artistic Director of Folk Dance Remixed. Website | Facebook

Partners' participants:

  • Kelly Donaldson / Creative Lives Editor & Scotland Support Coordinator
  • Rachel Elliott, EFDSS Education Director
  • Alexandru Stan, IN2 Innovation Manager

We will be meeting our advisory group three times over the course of the project and in a panel at the end of the project for a final report.