Dance4 and De Montfort University (DMU) are thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership. The two organisations have collaborated over many decades in supporting students and artists, as well as bringing extraordinary dance opportunities to the region. In recent times both organisations share a desire to explore how, in working together, we can build on the legacy of working together and realise new developments for dance in the region and beyond.

Initially for one-year, Sally Doughty, Associate Professor Dance and Reader in Dance and Improvisation at DMU has been appointed to the senior team at Dance4 in the role of Research Director, establishing a joint prospectus to create a collaborative teaching and research centre.

At the heart of this new partnership is a desire to widen participation in dance, seeking to establish strong progression routes into further and higher education in the region. In addition, it aims to develop artist research studentships to extend Dance4’s and DMU’s shared research interests, and explore new curriculum and research opportunities to bring about relevant and sector engaged dance research, teaching, and learning environment.


Image credit: Please Do Touch at New Walk Gallery and Museum. Photographer: Jason Senior at Redpix