Staff profile

Alice Marshall (Vale)

Lecturer in Dance | Programme Leader Dance – Déda

Alice Marshall




College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts




Déda, Derby



Programme Leader and Lecturer in Dance and Choreography

I explore the world through Dance.

I am a choreographer, lecturer and performer whose Dance and digital fusion hybrid is designed to explore why we entertain and why does Dance provide that entertainment. Working closely with companies such as Illuminos and Déda Producing, my Arts Council funded company Adaire to Dance creates work that explores this question. Touring productions including, 3Fold, Coffee Shop Culture and Icarus have emerged from this process and we have visited venues such as Lincoln Drill Hall, the Point, Charing Cross Theatre, and have been a part of the World Event For Young Artists.

I won Derbyshire’s Inspirational Woman in the Arts award in 2015 and have used this influence to engage many in dance across the community, with projects such as the Heritage funded DerwentWise project.

Through my lecturing, I adhere to uphold my belief that highly trained and individual thinking dancers will always be able to entertain, and if these minds can be nurtured, the art form will continue to flourish. I was shortlisted for One Dance UK's Inspirational Lecturer of the year National award in 2019 and was proud to represent our dance department at this event.

Professional interests

Research interests

My key interest in research is the concept of entertaining: why we need to entertain, and why we enjoy being entertained.

This research is explored practically through choreography as well as academically through papers and presentations.

I am also currently writing a book for Routledge discussing this concept of entertainment and why we need it (publication date provisionally Sept 2021)

To see more about my research outputs visit my ORCID page

Experience in industry

Prior to being a Lecturer, I worked within the Contemporary Dance performance industry. 

My early professional training was in Ballet and Contemporary Dance. This led to me graduating from Winchester University and subsequently performing across the country and world with various companies and choreographers; including Paul Bloom, Cathy Seago, Katie Green, Company Chameleon, Pure Dance Ltd, and film company Illuminos.

To see my full range of work visit my website, or my Linkedin Page. 

Recent publications

View my work