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Dr Rebecca Stancliffe

Research Fellow and Lecturer



Dr Rebecca Stancliffe


Dr Rebecca Stancliffe is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Arts and Community) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where her evaluation and research activity focuses on participatory arts, arts and health, collaboration, and digital methods. Rebecca is currently working on the collaborative research project ‘Dance, Health and Well-being: Debating and moving forward methodologies’ with colleagues from Trinity Laban, Exeter University and Dance in Devon. Rebecca is also conducting a postphenomenological study of music and dance to examine the transformation of practice and engagement through online delivery. She is also evaluating Trinity Laban’s Singing for Lung Health programme delivered in partnership with Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

Alongside her research, Rebecca teaches on the BA Contemporary Dance, BSc Dance Science, MA Performance, MA/MFA Dance Science, and Graduate Diploma programmes at Trinity Laban. She supervises dissertation students and teaches release-based contemporary technique, research methods, dance history, and culture perspectives in dance. 

Rebecca completed her PhD at the Centre of Dance Research in 2019. She holds an MA in Dance with Distinction from London Contemporary Dance School (2010) and a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre with First Class Honours from Trinity Laban (2008). Rebecca has worked as a visiting lecturer at Bird College, Coventry University, London Studio Centre and the University of London. In 2019 she was invited to be a member of the contemporary dance technique assessment panel at the English National Ballet School.

Rebecca is co-editor of ‘Digital Annotation and the Understanding of Bodily Practices,’ a special issue of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. As a dancer, Rebecca has worked with Yvonne Rainer and Cat Patterson, performing in Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works (2014) and the BBC4 documentary Dance Rebels: A Story of Modern Dance (2015). 


2019: PhD in Dance, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University

2010: MA in Dance (with Distinction), London Contemporary Dance School

2009: Post-graduate Diploma in Performance (with Distinction), London Contemporary Dance School

2008: BA Dance Theatre (First Class Honours), Trinity Laban


deLahunta, S., Rittershaus, D., & Stancliffe, R. (2021) Editorial. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media 17(1), 1-6

Stancliffe, R. (2021) Differentiating (an)notation practices: an artist-scholar’s observation.  International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media 17(1), 69-85

Stancliffe, R. (Forthcoming) Moving (together) in a distributed setting: The impact of online music and dance delivery for older adults’ lived experience. In L. Bissell & L. Weir (Eds.) Performance in a Pandemic. Routledge. 

Stancliffe, R., Wakeling, K., Evans, L. & Howard, S. (Forthcoming) ‘Beyond the Walls’: The Artist-Researcher and Performative Dissemination. In  R. Prior & T. Fischer (Eds.) Applied Arts and Health, Education and Community: Building Bridges. Intellect.

Stancliffe, R. (2019) Training the Analytical Dance Eye: Video Annotation for Dance. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training 10(2), 273-288

Stancliffe, R. (2018) Video Annotation for the Articulation and Transmission of Dance. In S. Ellis, H. Blades, & C. Waelde, C. (Eds.) A World of Muscle, Bone and Organs. Coventry University, pp. 358-381.

Stancliffe, R. (2018) Mediating and Visualising Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine. In S. Whatley, R. K. Cisneros, & A. Sabiescu (Eds.) Digital Echoes: Spaces for Intangible and Performance-based Cultural Heritage. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 213-230

Stancliffe, R. (2017) Zoi Dimitriou’s The Chapter House [review]. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 9(2), 305-309

Meehan, E., Blades, H. & Stancliffe, R. (2015) Editorial. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 7(1), 3-5

Selected presentations

Chappell, K., Redding, E., Crickmay, U., Stancliffe, R., Jobbins, V., & Smith, S. (2021) Bodies of Evidence. Contribution of dance to health and wellbeing: Debating research methodologies and impact. Wellcome Centre for the Cultures + Environments of Health, 19 April, i-symposium.

Howard, S. & Stancliffe, R. (2019) ‘Beyond the Walls: Performative Dissemination in Arts and Health Work. Paper presented at the Building Bridges in Applied Arts and Health, Education and Community: From the Past to the Present and Future conference, 7–10 August, Telford, Shropshire.

Stancliffe, R. (2018) ‘Video Annotation as an Analytic Practice’. Research seminar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, 7 November, London.

Godoy, M., Kräftner, B., & Stancliffe, R. (2018) Panel at the Perform. Record. Enrich. Share: Opening up and publishing processes in performance creation colloquium, October 24th, Zurich University for the Arts, Zurich.

Allain, P., Naccarato, T., Stancliffe, R. Stansbie, L., & Whatley, S. (2018) ‘REF Panel’. Panel at the Dance Dialogues: Discipline, Practice and Futures event, 7 September, 


2020: Longlist nominee for Dance One UK’s Rising Star award 

2019: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2015: Winner of the Coventry School of Arts and Design poster competition

2015: Coventry University PhD Studentship, Centre for Dance Research

2008: The Sylvia Bodmer Memorial Fund Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreological Studies