About

Coventry Dance has been established as a Community Interest Company by Coventry University with a view to support an inclusive, diverse, vibrant and well networked dance community with Coventry and the region.

The first phase of development for Coventry Dance is supported by Coventry University in partnership with Coventry City Council and has involved consultation with over 30 dance practitioners, agencies & companies. We are excited to share our work so far at our launch on November 7th 5pm7pm at St Mary’s Guildhall Coventry..

Working tandem with the City of Culture Trust, phase two of our development will focus on strategic planning and continued partnership building across the City and region. We will also be looking to Governance as we expand the Board of Directors with a call out to join the board coming soon.

Dr Natalie Garrett Brown is Head of Department for Music, Writing and Performance at University of East London and Vice Chair for DanceHE (Standing Conference of Dance in Higher Education). Her practice and research interests are theoretically situated within feminist understandings of embodied subjectivity and the ways in which somatic and reflective practices can inform education, performance making, creativity, writing and digital cultural practices. She is currently working on an AHRC funded project Sensing the City and founding associate editor for the Dance and Somatic Practices Journal.

Dr Geoff Willcocks is Director of Arts, Culture and Heritage at Coventry University. He is currently responsible for the development of the university’s cultural assets, external cultural profile, student cultural engagement and external partnership liaison with regional and national cultural and artistic bodies and organisations. He was recently seconded to the Executive Committee of The Coventry City of Culture Trust as part of the successful 2021 bid team. During this time, he co-authored the city’s Ten-Year Cultural Strategy. His external positions include, Chair of Coventry’s Music Education Hub, Vice Chair of Historic Coventry Trust, Chair Midlands Higher Education Culture Forum and Chair of the Cathedral Quarter Alliance. He has advised Art Council England on the role of Higher Education in UK Culture and is a board member for Ludic Rooms, Coventry’s Heritage Action Zone and Coventry Music Trust.

Andrea Barzey is a dance practitioner/researcher/educator. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Dance at Coventry University, and Course Director for MA Collaborative Theatre Making in association with Frantic Assembly. As an artist, Andrea has been supported by Arts Council England for dance film and installation projects, and as an educator has been part of JISC- funded projects for developing reflective blog practice. Andrea is a PhD student at the Centre for Dance Research, investigating partnership and collaboration, to promote a regional dance ecology.

Yaël Owen-Mckenna is a strategic leader in the arts and cultural sector, specialising in dance. Yaël is a project director, dance educator, academic and an accomplice in ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion across the fields of dance, arts and culture.
Yaël is a PhD research student at the Centre for Dance Research (Coventry University) investigating dance pedagogies alongside dancers with Severe Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.