TDRN UK Research Festival 2024

In person: Saturday 22nd June 2024, ShockOut Arts, Valo Building, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0PU

Online: (dates tbc soon!)

Tickets £6 – £40 with discounts for students and low-income

Tap dance research takes many different forms: sifting through archives, developing creative practice, building artistic ideas or engaging with written and oral stories. At TDRN UK we ask how can we approach research in a way that honours the values, traditions and aesthetics of tap dance as a cultural practice and art form. What are the challenges and opportunities when working in an academic system or as an independent researcher?

Now in its 3rd year, the TDRN UK Research Festival showcases research connected with tap dance taking place both inside and outside of academic institutions. The sessions feature practical research projects exploring pedagogy, improvisation dramaturgy, and practice research. We share and explore ways of doing and thinking that have helped to shape these research projects and respond to the need for a ‘tap-centered’ approach.

The TDRN UK Research Festival will hold in-person and online events this year. At the in-person day event in Manchester, members of TDRN UK share their current research through presentations and practical workshops. As always, the TDRN UK Research Festival is a social space to make connections and celebrate coming together to tap dance! Lunch is provided and at our festival closing party there will be a live music tap jam and improvisation workshop about improvising with musicians.

More info about in-person and online sessions coming soon!

Getting Here: Trains arrive into Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria. All stations connect with the tram route which can take you directly to Old Trafford in 15-20 minutes.

Map to Venue