Staff Profiles: Dance

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David Last

David Last

Academic Course Leader for Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

I’ve performed as a musical director or accompanist across the world, and continue to work professionally, bringing that experience (and those contacts!) to the university.

Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith

Academic Course Leader for Professional Studies in Children’s Play

Performing Arts and Play

Leisure Industries Management

My career began on an open-access adventure playground in Cardiff where my passion for play was ignited.

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Valerie Aris

Lecturer in Dance and Choreography

Performing Arts and Play

My passion is dance and choreography and I’ve worked professionally as a dancer, choreographer and director. I choreograph when I can, having close ties with the German dance scene. I teach dance, dance histories and choreography.

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Karen Benjamin

Lecturer in Drama

Performing Arts and Play

I deliver modules in devising into directing for performance; performing arts in education; support dissertation and research students and am a personal tutor.

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Paula Douce

Lecturer in Dance

Performing Arts and Play

I started dancing at the age of two and have loved it ever since. Teaching dance is a passion rather than an occupation and dancing and teaching is a real joy, especially here at the University of Gloucestershire on the Performing Arts Degree.

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Christina Poulton

Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

I am a contemporary theatre producer and general manager and have worked in theatre and festival management, cultural programming, youth theatre and dance in a wide range of organisations.

Dr. Elizabeth Swift

Dr. Elizabeth Swift

Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

My background is in theatre directing and writing and I specialise in multimedia theatre. I'm founder director of the performance company Void which presents work internationally. I teach contemporary performance - practice and theory.

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Dr. Amanda Williamson

Academic Course Leader for Dance

Performing Arts and Play

My interest in dance began when I realised the significant effects movement and embodiment can have on health and well-being.