Dance and Dance Education in an Age of Interconnectivity

21-23 January 2022


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.

Conference to be delivered online

With multiple lockdowns nationwide and travel and gathering restrictions emerging at a moment’s notice, we have decided that the best way to ensure everyone has a chance to experience our 2022 conference is to deliver it online, directly to you, wherever you are! For some that may mean gathering locally and participating together, for others it might mean interacting from home. If you’re lucky enough to be away on your summer holidays at the time, you can also tune in and not miss out! By bringing this next conference to you online we can ensure all presenters and participants have a definitive moment to come together and share knowledge, experiences, and expertise.

Announcing our first Keynote

We are pleased to announce that RAD Director of Education, Dr Michelle Groves will return as a Keynote Speaker.

Dance and Dance Education in an Age of Interconnectivity promises to bring people together to discuss, debate and contemplate the impact of communities of dance students, teachers and practitioners connecting with each other through digital and virtual technologies. Whilst we may not always be connecting in the way we thought we would as a result of global events, we have learned a lot about ourselves and about dance practice along the way.  I hope you will join me in what promises to be a stimulating and energising conference to kick start 2022.”



A Members-only pre-sale will open on 10 September. Members should lookout for information on how to register which will be sent by email. Following that, registrations will open to the broader public on 27 September before closing finally on 18 January.

Call for Contributions – Now closed

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 sought 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 could be 20 minutes in length and practical demonstrations 45-60 minutes in duration. Proposals for panel and ’roundtable’ discussions of 60 minutes were also welcome.

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

The call for contributions is now closed.

 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 Sponsor