Dance and Dance Education in an Age of Interconnectivity

21-23 January 2022

Sydney, Australia

Following the success of Shaping Bodies, Shaping Minds (2020), Royal Academy of Dance Australia is delighted to announce its fourth international conference, Dance and Dance Education in an Age of Interconnectivity. The conference aims to bring together and connect teachers, practitioners, scholars and innovators from the fields of dance, education, research, science and technology for an engaging and stimulating programme.

Call for Contributions

With the coronavirus pandemic fundamentally changing the way we live and learn, the paradigms of dance and dance education have changed significantly.  The need for social distancing has caused the separation of student and educator and performer and audience, forging new ways of learning, practicing and teaching, and initiating potential for greater interconnectivity now and into the future.

Streamed performances, use of digital platforms for online teaching, increased access to global archives, sharing of resources and virtual collaborations have brought about immense change to dance and dance education practices leading to increased interconnectivity on a global scale. We are seeking contributions in the form of in person and digital lectures, panel and roundtable discussions, practical demonstrations and workshops to address themes associated with Dance and Dance Education in an Age of Interconnectivity including (but not limited to);

  • Research studies on the use of digital platforms and technology in dance and dance education across different contexts and settings including uses of new, innovative, and pioneering technologies, such as VR (Virtual Reality), multiple digital environments and tools for the delivery of hybrid education models
  • Research studies into the physicality of an embodied dance practice in a virtual world, including safe dance practice, somatic practice, development of kinaesthetic awareness and new areas of dance education focusing on aspects beyond physical and technical practice
  • Digital dance and dance education practices that bring into focus issues of equality, diversity and inclusion as well as social-emotional, socio-economic and cultural considerations
  • Models for exploring global interconnectivity and the continuance of exchanges, residencies and ongoing research and sharing of ideas relating to dance and dance education

Paper presentations should be 20 minutes in length and practical demonstrations 45-60 minutes in duration. Proposals for panel and roundtable discussions of 60 minutes are also welcome.

We also encourage expressions of interest from Early Career Researchers and postgraduate students wishing to present their work in a supportive environment.

To make an application, presenters should submit an abstract (200 word maximum) of the proposed paper, practical demonstration, workshop, panel presentation or roundtable discussion, accompanied by a biography (100 words maximum) and full contact details (affiliated institution, email, telephone) to the Programme Committee at by no later than Wednesday 30th June 2021

RAD Australia hopes Dance and Dance Education in an Age of Interconnectivity will be a continuation of our highly successful in person conference series. Should the need arise, arrangements may be made to take the conference online to avoid disruption or cancellation due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 Programme Committee:

  • Dr Michelle Groves, Director of Education, RAD (London)
  • Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel, Head of Research Faculty of Education, RAD (London)
  • Shelley Yacopetti, Education and Engagement Manager, RAD (Australia)
  • Professor Carol Brown, Head of Dance, University of Melbourne (Australia)

Conference Organiser:

Shelley Yacopetti
Education and Engagement Manager
Faculty of Education
RAD Australia

Photo: Kotomi Narai at the 2014 Genée International Ballet Competition semi-final by Marc Haegeman

With thanks to the generous support of our Cocktail Party Sponsor