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Ms Celena Monteiro

Lecturer in Dance


I am a Lecturer in Dance whose research interests focus on negotiations of gender, sexuality, race and class in popular performance. My research looks at Caribbean dance styles, transnational connectivities, and popular dance on screen. Within the Dance programme I lead the modules 'Popular Dance' and 'Street Dances', and supervise various Research Projects. 

I previously graduated with distinction in MA Dance Anthropology from the University of Roehampton, where I honed my research skills in gender, popular performance and postcolonial studies. Prior to this I studied BA Dance and Culture at the University of Surrey where I was awarded the Pauline Hodgens Prize for Outstanding Academic Writing. In addition to my academic work I am also an active dance practitioner with Zil'Oka- a French Caribbean Dance Ensemble based in London.

Areas of specialism

  • Popular dance
  • Caribbean dance studies
  • Dance ethnography
  • Self-reflexive ethnography
  • Identity politics in popular performance

Courses taught



  • MA Dance Anthropology, University of Roehampton
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Chichester
  • BA Dance and Culture, University of Surrey

Professional membership

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


The working title of my current PhD research project is 'European Dancehall Queen Competitions in the Digital Age: Transcultural Feminine Identity Production in Performance.' 

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