Professor Emerita: Dance
School of Performance & Media Production
Christy Adair is Professor Emerita of Dance Studies at York St John University and Visiting Professor of Dance at Leeds Beckett University. Her book, Dancing the Black Question: the Phoenix Dance Company Phenomenon (Dance Books: 2007) offers a critique of key issues in performance. Her research interests, developed in Women and Dance: sylphs and sirens (Macmillan: 1992) continue to focus on gender and ethnicity in relation to dance studies and performance. Her recent research investigates contemporary dance in Africa and the Diaspora. She was Co-Investigator with Professor Ramsay Burt of the Arts and Humanities Research funded project British Dance and the African Diaspora which led to an exhibition at the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool entitled British Dance: Black Routes. This is also the title of the co-edited book with Ramsay Burt published by Routledge (2017). Christy is on the editorial boards of Research in Dance Education and Choreographic Practices and is a reviewer for a number of publishers. She is an Assessor for the Arts Council and External Examiner for the dance postgraduate courses at Roehampton University.