Dr Celena Monteiro


My research interests focus on the intersections between race, gender, sexuality and class in popular performance. My current research looks at intercultural 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.

My role at Kingston includes being the Chair of PACE (Performing Arts Community Engagement). Within the Dance programme I also lead the modules 'Popular Dance' and 'Street Dances' and supervise various Research Projects.

I am the Chair of PoPMoves UK- an International Research Group for Performances of the Popular. 

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

Academic responsibilities

Senior 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:

(2020) 'Bruk Out Feminism in the Intercultural Dancehall Queen Scene' PhD Thesis. University of Chichester. Available at: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5355/

(August 2019) 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

(2019) "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- 

(2016) 'Screening Subjects: Transnational Dancehall Culture in a Social Media Age', Conference on Research in Dance, Conference Proceedings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Scholarly affiliations

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

Leadership and management

I am the Chair of the University's Performing Arts Community Engagement (PACE) committee. 

I am the Chair of PoPMoves UK- an International Research Group for Performances of the Popular.

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