As a performer, choreographer, and academic of dance, Alice Marshall (Vale) is known in the East Midlands region for the diverse work in her subject area.

After an extensive performance career with choreographers such as Paul Bloom, Katie Green and Cathy Seago, Alice went on to form Adaire to Dance – a professional performance company that demonstrates the diversity of contemporary dance.

As choreographer and performer within this company Alice also taught Dance to all ages in the community. As an academic Alice has worked for universities with strong dance backgrounds since graduating, starting out as a Visiting Lecturer, and then an Associate Lecturer. This knowledge gained from a variety of institutions is what helped build the MA and degree at the University of Derby. Alice was amongst the team that wrote the courses and subsequently became Programme Leader.

As a lecturer she has a keen interest in the development and upholding of the work of dance artists, and therefore strives to present them all with opportunities that her connections in the industry can provide. Through her academic research she questions what is entertainment and why we as humans seek it.

Alice was awarded Derbyshire’s Inspirational Woman of the Year Award in the Arts (IWA) in 2015, and was shortlisted for One Dance UK‘s Lecturer of the Year 2018.


Horizontal image of Alice Marshall in rehearsals for Icarus an Adaire to Dance production
Image by Greg Jackson

Portrait of Alice Marshall (Vale)
Image by Matt Vale


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