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Zhao Yang [赵阳] is currently engaged in a PhD in education in Scottish country dancing at the University of Edinburgh. She graduated with Cohort Choreomundus – International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage in 2018. While enrolled in an MSc in Dance Science and Education at the University of Edinburgh in 2016, she was actively engaged in learning Scottish dancing.While completing a BA in Dance at Beijing Normal University, she authored “British Dance Science Education System and Inspirations,” Minzu University of China Press (2015). Her passions include dance education, as well as cultural and anthropological theories related to movement.
ICKL Research Panel Member, 2016-2019
Victoria Watts, Chair of Dance at Cornish College of the Arts and newly elected as a Fellow, is a dance educator, scholar and activist whose professional engagements have spanned Europe, North America, and Australia. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University, an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, and a BA (Hons) Dance in Society from the University of Surrey. She is certified to Advanced level in Labanotation and Benesh Movement Notation. Her doctoral thesis combined her interests in visual culture and theories of embodiment with a comparative analysis of four scores of Balanchine’s Serenade in an investigation of the ways movement notation systems encode changes in embodied subjectivity. She has published on notation in Dance Research and Dance Chronicle.
Shelly Saint-Smith MFA, BA (Hons), is a Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in London. She has been actively involved with ICKL since 2005; she became a Fellow of ICKL in 2006 and served as Chair of the Research Panel from 2008 to 2011. Shelly has presented her own research at the 2007, 2011 and 2013 ICKL conferences, as well as in the UK and Europe. Shelly studied Labanotation and directing from score at the University of Birmingham, UK, and The Ohio State University. She is Programme Manager of the MA in Education (Dance Teaching) at the RAD, teaches notation and Laban studies to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and directs excerpts from dance works for undergraduate modules in performance. She also works with the Dance Notation Bureau as a mentor for Advanced Labanotation students completing their score reading projects in London. In 2010 she was awarded funding to begin the process of documenting and preserving the RAD’s Karsavina Syllabus and is currently notating the fundamentals of flying trapeze.
Core member, ICKL President
Ann Hutchinson Guest first studied Laban notation at the Jooss-Leeder Dance School at Dartington Hall, Devon, England. After graduation she stayed on to notate Kurt Jooss’ Green Table and three other Jooss ballets. Returning to New York City, she became one of the founders of the Dance Notation Bureau until 1961 while performing and teaching. In 1959, together with Albrecht Knust, Sigurd Leeder and Lisa Ullmann, she was a co-founder of the International Council of Kinetography Laban, and one of the core members to whom Laban had entrusted the responsibility of guarding the system and overseeing its further development.
She has served as President of ICKL since 1987. Ann Hutchinson Guest is author of several notation textbooks and many ICKL technical papers. Labanotation, her major work, has largely contributed to the radiance of the Laban system in the English speaking world.
Siân Ferguson is a dance teacher, notator and director with many years experience in the US and Europe. She trained at the Laban Centre in London. After completing her Masters Degree in Dance Research and Reconstruction at the City College of New York, she danced for several years in New York City. She has notated at venues including the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Juilliard School. Her notated works can be found at the New York Public Library. She has taught at City College of New York, SUNY Purchase, Hofstra University, Stanford University and others. She staged L’Apres Midi d’un Faune for the Oakland Ballet. She currently resides in San Jose where she teaches Contemporary Dance at San Jose Dance Theatre.
She has a BA and a PhD in Aesthetics by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). Her PhD research focused on dance documentation. She has Certificates in Advanced Labanotation and Delivery Language of Dance. For a decade, she taught movement analysis, notation and Language of Dance to undergraduates at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza “María de Ávila” in Madrid. She has also examined on Labanotation at the Laban Centre in London, and taught degree courses on dance anthropology and postgraduate seminars at the London Contemporary Dance School. She was a member of the Contexts, Culture and Creativity: Enriching E-Learning in Dance project at the University of Surrey (2011-13). She has been a long standing member of ICKL acting as Assistant Treasurer (2000-2005) and of the Language of Dance Association. In 2010 she became a member of the Dance Research Association (Danza+Investigación) in Spain, and in 2014 she became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Language of Dance Trust in the UK. She has presented numerous papers at conferences, published specialist articles and book chapters. She currently works in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies at the Open University in the UK.