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Editorial: An urgency to (re)imagine dance in the age of distance


  • Rose Martin
  • Alfonso Mabingo



This special issue has been motivated by the transformation the world has experienced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Major upheavals and change have occurred in light of this pandemic and there is now a forced reconsideration demanded of what dance is and how dance practitioners, educators, and researchers might continue their work in sustainable, relevant and accessible ways. With such change comes the possibility for dance to be transformed, reconsidered, and reimagined in ways that have implications for meanings, enaction, contexts, communities, practice, education, policy, and application.


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Author Biographies

Rose Martin

Rose Martin (PhD) is Professor of Arts Education with a focus on Dance and Multiculturalism, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She also holds a position as Professor II at Nord University. She is part of many international research consortiums, and has published widely, authoring over 60 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books.

Alfonso Mabingo

Alfdaniels Mabingo (PhD) was born and raised in his ancestral village, Mbuukiro, on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda. He is a Lecturer of Dance at the University of Auckland specializing in pedagogies of African dances and dance and decolonisation. Mabingo also lectures dance at Makerere University in Uganda. He has conducted research internationally and has published more than 30 journal articles, chapters in anthologies, and books.