Dr Lise Uytterhoeven is new Director Of Dance Studies at The Place

30 Sep 2019

The Place, the UK’s creative powerhouse for dance development, is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Lise Uytterhoeven as new Director of Dance Studies to its world-leading conservatoire London Contemporary Dance School. A new role of Director of Dance Studies has been created within the Senior Leadership Team, to lead the growth and impact of London Contemporary Dance School’s Higher Education programmes as an unrivalled dance conservatoire.

Dr Lise Uytterhoeven is an experienced educator and senior leader with 13 years of experience in conservatoire dance higher education and training, committed to fulfilling an innovative vision through a leadership style based on communication, transparency and shared mission. Dr Uytterhoeven, who trained in contemporary dance in Belgium and the Netherlands and who holds a PhD from the University of Surrey, joins The Place from London Studio Centre, where she has taught since 2006. As Senior Lecturer and Head of Learning and Teaching, she has led on curriculum design and development (including a pioneering MA in Dance Producing & Management), quality management, staff development, employability and has matrix managed a team of 60 faculty members and 15 administrators and support staff. She has also played an instrumental role in the QAA and CDMT reviews, the Gold TEF award and the institution’s consistent success and student-centric culture.

She also serves as the Chair of the Society for Dance Research and her own research has been published in academic journals and edited volumes. Her monograph “Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Dramaturgy and Engaged Spectatorship” is currently in production as part of the New World Choreographies series with Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr Lise Uytterhoeven says, ‘I am very excited to join The Place and work with its students, staff and wider community to ensure London Contemporary Dance School strengthens its position as a world leader in dance education. There are significant opportunities, as well as challenges, for dance in the years ahead. I envision that LCDS graduates will continue to play a leading role in shaping the future of dance in a rapidly changing, globalised world.’

Focusing on student engagement and putting the student voice at the heart of the programmes, Dr Lise Uytterhoeven will take on the new role of Director of Dance Studies, providing leadership, management and academic strategy while seizing the opportunity for change and innovation.

Clare Connor, Chief Executive of The Place, says about the appointment, ‘As The Place enters its 6th decade, we are energised, more than ever before, to deliver our vision for a world with more dance. With her cogent skillset and breath-taking passion for dance education Dr Lise Uytterhoeven brings a wealth of imagination to dance practice, programme design, employability and research. Together with the Faculty we will foster a learning culture for artistry, quality and innovation that places the student experience at its epicentre. These are exciting times!’

Wayne McGregor, internationally renowned trailblazing choreographer and Patron of The Place, was instrumental with the appointment, ‘The new Director of Dance Studies post at London Contemporary Dance School offers one of those rare opportunities in the dance world to inspire the next generation of dance artists – both makers and performers. As Patron of The Place, I am genuinely excited by the appointment of Dr Lise Uytterhoeven and how she can support Clare’s vision to expand the impact of The Place both locally and internationally.’