Cathy Childs

Head of Dance Department

Cathy Childs


Cathy Childs, BA is a Principal Lecturer in Dance, Head of Department and coordinator of the Undergraduate Dance Programme.

Her background experience is focused on dance performance having trained at Laban, continuing on to the postgraduate dance company Transitions Dance Company before joining English Dance Theatre where she worked with choreographers such as Robert Cohan, Michael Clark, Kim Brandstrup and David Glass.

This touring experience and working with a wide variety of professional choreographers has informed her teaching with the particular stylistic influences of the Cunningham technique having undertaken a period of study at the Cunningham Studios in New York.

Collaborating with art has also been a fascination and her recent research interests includes in 2015, Figure and Rhythm a collaborative project with colleagues at Pallant House as part of the Museums at Night.

This creative exploration enabled the interaction with the artworks and sculptures of Leon Underwood.

Enabling students to gain real and relevant work experience and potential employment opportunities upon graduation has led to a recent research project which started in 2014.

Dance Map – The Employability Journey was funding by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and published in 2016.  Prior to this in 2015, the co-authored publication on Dance in Higher Education in the UK was published.

Cathy leads the Dance Production Module (3Fall Dance Company), Teaching Dance Technique, Teaching and Creative Practice and Dissertations on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes.

Other department members

Laure Jackson
School Direct Secondary Coordinator, PGCE Dance Subject Tutor & Senior Lecturer Physical Education

Laure is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education, Dance and Education. She coordinates the School Direct Secondary Programme. She teaches dance on the PGCE Secondary route, PGCE Primary and undergraduate PE and Primary degrees.

Jo Hodson-Prior
PGCE Secondary Dance Coordinator

Jo is one of the PGCE Dance Subject Coordinators and a Professional Studies Tutor.

Sue Francis
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