Dr. Angela Pickard has performed, created, taught and presented dance locally, regionally and internationally in her roles as dancer, choreographer, teacher, advisor, consultant and academic.
Angela studied ballet and contemporary dance styles. She has worked with a number of independent and mainstream choreographers and artists in a range of collaborative and creative projects and performances in a multitude of theatre, site, school and community based settings in Kent, London and Europe.
Angela has taught a range of ages and stages: toddlers, primary, secondary, further education, novice adults, student teachers and practising teachers. She has worked with young talented dancers at London Contemporary Dance School, Northern Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet School, and Trinity Laban as part of her work ‘Investigating Talented Dancers' and 'Investigating Widening Participation in Dance.'
Angela is Director of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience in the School of Music and Performing Arts and Subject Lead for Dance (BA (Hons. Dance Education and BA Combined Hons. Dance), Drama and Performing Arts. She also leads the Masters in Arts and Cultural Management. Angela teaches ballet, Dance Pedagogy and Dance Research. In addition she is Artistic Director and choreographer of Canterbury Dance Company.
Angela’s research interests place the corporeal body as central to examination. She is particularly concerned with the relationship between the body and identity in dance and how social worlds shape human bodies: embodiment. Her PhD was a longitudinal, ethnographic and empirical study of the social world of ballet and the embodiment of young ballet dancers. She applied Pierre Bourdieu’s critique of the perpetuating social order and theoretical concepts of field, habitus and capital. Her book, Ballet Body Narratives was published by Peter Lang in 2015.
Angela is also Editor in Chief for the international, social citation indexed journal Research in Dance Education.
Research and knowledge exchange
- 'Young Dancers Perceptions of Ability’ Canterbury Christ Church University Centre for Physical Education Research and London Contemporary Dance School Centre for Advanced Training (Funded by Canterbury Christ Church small grant and Department for Education and Skills)
- 'Investigating Talented Dancers’ Canterbury Christ Church University Centre for Physical Education Research and The Royal Ballet School, Northern Ballet School Centre for Advanced Training (CAT programme) and London Contemporary Dance School Centre for Advanced Training (Funded by Canterbury Christ Church small grant and Department for Education and Skills)
- 'Strictly Young Dancing’ – increasing participation in dance, Canterbury Christ Church University Centre for Physical Education Research (Funded by Kent Advisory Service)
- 'Investigating Talented Girls in Dance’ Canterbury Christ Church University Centre for Physical Education Research, The Royal Ballet School and Northern Ballet School Centre for Advanced Training (Funded by DfES)
- 'Ballet as Creative Practice' Canterbury Christ Church and The Royal Ballet School (Funded by Canterbury Christ Church Knowledge Exchange and The Royal Ballet School)
- 'Investigating Widening Particiaption in Centre of Adavanced Training' at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Dance (Funded by Trinity Laban)
- 'Dance to Health' An evaluation of the social and artistic outcomes of a dance for prevention of falls in older people programme (Funded by Aesop)
- 'Symbiosis': Creating dynamic light structures and dance, Practice based research (choreography) with Andy Hurst
- 'Sonnet': Emotional Embodiment and Social Structures, Practice based research (choreography)
- Children’s Perception of Talent in Physical Education and Sport’ Canterbury Christ Church University, Leeds Metropolitan University and nine Kent primary schools (Funded by DfES Investigating Talent)
- ‘Space for Sport and the Arts’ National evaluation of sport and arts facilities in primary schools Canterbury Christ Church University Centre for Physical Education Research (Funded by Sport England, Arts Council and Big Lottery Fund)
Teaching and subject expertise
Angela's specialisms are dance pedagogies, ballet, bodies as culture, embodiment, dance and health and dance/performance practice, Bourdieu, talent, gender, dance pedagogy, creativity, choreography (mainstream, improvisation and approaches to structuring), qualitative research methods and research with children and young people.
Angela is Subject Lead for dance, drama and performing arts. She teaches ballet technique, Dance Pedagogy, Choreography and Dance Research. She is also director for the Masters in Arts and Cultural Management programme.
She is Artistic Director and choreographer of Canterbury Dance Company. This is a creative and performing dance company which often works collaboratively with a range of musicians such as classical, Big Band and sonic artists.
Angela has supervised and examined PhDs related to dance science, talent development, interdisciplinary arts and ballet.
She is an active member of National Dance Teachers Association (now OneDance), DanceHE and Kent Dance Network.
Invited Speaker and chair National Dance Teachers Association annual conferences
Consultant for Centre of Advanced Training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Dance
Invited Speaker for 'Being in the Zone' AHRC funded project
Editor in Chief for social citation indexed journal Research in Dance Education
External Examiner for PhDs at TrinityLaban Conservatoire/City University
External Examiner for PhD Royal Conservatoire Scotland
External examiner for MA Dance Science and Education University of Edinburgh
Chief External Examiner, PGCE, Exeter University
External Evaluator, ‘Impact of the Tracker Arts Project for Children at Risk’ Leeds Education Authority (Funded by Big Lottery Fund)
External Moderator, for Level 5 Certificate Course 'Stepping Into Music’ Music and Movement in the Early Years The Dalcroze Society
External Examiner, BEd (Hons.) Early Years modules Level 5 and 6 and Research modules Level 5 and 6, University of Wolverhampton
Article reviewer for Research in Dance Education, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy and Arts and Health journals
Invited Speaker:‘Sustaining Motivation – Fostering Excellence from the Perspective of Young, Talented Dancers’, Dance UK/ Birmingham Royal Ballet
Invited Speaker:‘Young Dancers’ Perceptions and Understandings Of their Body in Dance Culture – the journey so far’ Roehampton University
Invited speaker:‘Composition in the Early Years’ (Talk and Movement) Service Children’s Education,Hanover, Germany
Board member for Loop Dance Company, Kent.
Publications and research outputs
- Angela has presented internationally and published work on ballet, the body, Bourdieu, identity, gender, talent, creativity and pedagogy.
- Angela is Editor- in -Chief for the international journal Research in Dance Education. This journal appears in the Arts and Humanities Citation Index.
- Wellard, I, Pickard, A. and Bailey, R. (2007) ‘A shock of electricity just sort of goes through my body’: Physical activity and embodied reflexive practices in young female ballet dancers, Gender and Education, 19(1) pp. 79-91.
- Pickard, A. (2007) ‘Girls, Bodies and Pain: Negotiating the Body in Ballet’ In Wellard, I. (ed.) Re-thinking Gender and Youth Sport, London: Routledge, pp. 36-50.
- Pickard, A. and Bailey, R. (2009) Crystallising experiences among young elite dancers, Sport, Education and Society, 14 (2), pp. 165-181.
- Bailey, R. and Pickard, A. (2010) Body Learning: examining the processes of skill learning in dance, Sport, Education and Society, 15(3), pp. 367-382
- Pickard, A. (2012) Schooling the dancer: the evolution of an identity as a ballet dancer, Research in Dance Education, 13 (1), pp. 25-46
- Pickard, A. (2012) Ballet body belief: Perceptions of an ideal ballet body from young ballet dancers, Research in Dance Education, August on ifirst
- Pickard, A. (2012) Editorial, Research in Dance Education, 13(3), pp. 1-2
- Pickard, A. (2013) Editorials, Research in Dance Education, 14 (1), pp 1-2, 14(2) pp1-2, 14(3) pp 1-2
- Pickard, A. and Maude, P. (2014) Teaching Physical Education Creatively, London: Routledge
- Pickard, A. (2015) Ballet Body Narratives: Pain, Pleasure and Perfection in Embodied Identity, Oxford:Peter Lang
- Pickard, A. (2015) Body as Aesthetic Project. In Ian Wellard (Ed.) (2015) Researching Embodied Sport: Exploring Movement Cultures, Oxon: Routledge
- Pickard, A. (2016) Editorial Research in Dance Education 15(1) pp.1-2
- Wellard, I. and Pickard, A (2016) Being in the zone in Sport and Dance, In Oxon: Routledge (in press)