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Long term research project

Promotor: CORPoREAL

In recent years, both our society and the field of contemporary dance have changed to such an extent that dance educators are required to critically rethink traditional teaching methodologies. Communication, attitudes, expectations, and personal ambitions have all evolved and there is a necessity to develop a range of personal skills that supports the diversity in our society as well as dance-specific skills.

DANCE(ch)ARTS is the outcome of extensive research by Natalie Gordon and resulted in a practical guide for all teachers of dance, for all ages, abilities, and levels. This handbook provides a framework for dance education aimed at training today’s dance students. Its ideas are transferable across the many disciplines and styles that dance embraces.


DANCE(ch)ARTS is published in both Dutch and English

Natalie Gordon


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Natalie Gordon is co-artistic director of the Bachelor dance and Educational Master dance programmes at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp in Belgium. She trained at the University of Roehampton in London, took advanced notator training at the Labanotation Institute at the University of Surrey and qualified as a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst in the Integrated Movement Studies programme based at the University of Utah, USA. Natalie is a co-director of Retina Dance Company and previously managed and notated works of Random Dance/Wayne McGregor. Her ongoing research is concerned with teaching methodologies and the role and development of vocabulary within contemporary dance education. 

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