Shantel joined the University of Surrey in Autumn 2013. Previously, she taught at Bath Spa University, Trinity Laban, and the University of California, Irvine. She gained her PhD in Dance Studies from the University of Manchester in 2013. Her PhD thesis, entitled The Dancing Self/Other: kinaesthesia and visual self-image in contemporary dance, interrogates the meaning and value of kinaesthesia and visual self-reflection in practice, from a small group of dancers' perspectives. Concurrent to her PhD, Shantel worked on Watching Dance, a high-profile AHRC-funded project using audience research and neuroscience to explore how dance spectators' respond to and identify with dance. Her eclectic career in dance has continually crossed practice and theory, including experience working with Claudia Gitelman, Don Redlich (Hanya Holm) and Donald McKayle (Martha Graham), making and presenting screen dance work internationally, and working with Professor Patrick Haggard and Dr Beatriz Calvo-Merino at University College London.
Areas of specialism
Visual Self-reflection in dance contexts (e.g. mirrors, video);
Contemporary Dance Choreography;
Dance, Gender, and Leadership
University roles and responsibilities
- FASS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Shantel's research encompass the intersection of dance and philosophy (phenomenology and visual culture), choreography, dance pedagogy, kinaesthesia, kinaesthetic empathy (dancer and pedagogical perspectives), and screen dance. She has experience with phenomenological, sociological (ethnography), cognitive science, and practice research.
BA Dance Choreography I & II; Collaborative Choreography; Contemporary Dance Practices; PTY Placement Tutor; BA Dissertation Project
Previously taught (BA): Investigating Choreographic Practices; Arts & Society; Dance, Politics, & Identity; Research Methodologies; (MA): Performing Theories, Research Methodologies, Dissertation
Courses I teach on
Postgraduate research supervision
Gemma Connell, PhD Candidate, 2018 start