The Royal Academy of Dance centenary book is beautifully presented; complete with a red satin page marker, burgundy end-papers, a centenary seal embossed in gold on the front cover, and the Academy’s Royal crest on the back.  Generously illustrated throughout, the photographs run through the text like a thread of gold.  There are wonderful images such as Adeline Genée in Robert Le Diable at the Empire Theatre in 1908; Phyllis Bedells teaching in the 1950s; Michael Somes jumping higher than the international high jumper Dorothy Tyler beside him, and Stanislas Idzikowski demonstrating an arabesque in class, wearing a three-piece suit and street shoes.

All pictures are carefully credited wherever possible, but curiously, the main body of the text is unattributed. Apart from Forewords by Darcey Bussell and Li Cunxin, the Introduction by Gerald Dowler, and a short article by Jane Pritchard on the RAD collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, there are no named authors; only an editor, Johanna Stephenson. (more…)

Proposals are invited for a one-day conference for post-graduate students.  Music and movement as process and experience is organised by PhD students through the Music Education Special Interest Group at the UCL Institute of Education, University of London, and hosted by the Royal Academy of Dance, London SW11 3RA Friday, 23rd October 2015.  There will be no charge for attending.

Scholarly attention to music and dance is often focused on works and performances, while very little research in dance education includes a focus on music. At the same time, recent scholarship on music and movement in music psychology, clinical music therapy, sports science, geography, anthropology, and cultural studies suggests ways that this imbalance could be addressed, to mutual benefit. The aim of this conference is therefore to bring together researchers in any field or discipline who are interested in music and movement as process and experience, with a particular focus on non-performance contexts such as training, rehearsal, recreation, and rehabilitation. (more…)