Dr Celena Monteiro


My research interests focus on the intersections between race, gender, sexuality and class in popular performance. My current research looks at intercultual and digital manifestations of Caribbean dance and popular dance on screen. It engages specifically with issues surrounding white femininity within black performance. I hold a PhD in Dance Studies from the University of Chichester. The title of my thesis is: Bruk Out Feminism in the Intercultural Dancehall Queen Scene.

Within the Dance programme I lead the modules 'Popular Dance' and 'Street Dances' and supervise various Research Projects.

I am a committee member for PoPMoves- an International Research Group for Performances of the Popular. I am an Executive Committee member for the Society of Dance Research.

Alongside these activities I am also a dance practitioner with Zil'Oka- a French Caribbean Dance Ensemble based in London.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Dance


  • PhD Dance, University of Chichester
  • MA Dance Anthropology, University of Roehampton
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • BA Dance and Culture, University of Surrey

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught


Recent activity:

Attended the DSA/Mellon Pre-Conference Seminar at Northwestern University- August 2019

Presented paper titled: 'Agonising Difference: Intercultural Exchanges in Bruk Out Dancehall' at DSA (Dance Studies Association) conference at Northwestern Univeristy- August 2019

Published book chapter titled "The International Dancehall Queen Competition: A Discursive Space for Competing Images of Femininity" in Sherril Dodds (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition. Oxford: Oxford University Press- January 2019

Scholarly affiliations

  • PoPMoves- International Research Group for Performance of the Popular
  • Society of Dance Research
  • Mellon Dance Studies Participant

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