14 October 2021 10am - 11am

Perspectives on Romantic Ballet: She Dances (Webinar)

In this webinar, Dr Carol Martin will use feminist critique to identify some of the stereotypical images of women in Romantic Ballet: pure and unattainable virgins, jilted brides, madwomen, witches and crones. She will also consider the extent to which the Romantic ballerina was able to shape her own life and career. In the last part of the webinar, Carol will bring the debate up to date by looking at some of the challenges facing women today – in dance and in broader socio-political contexts.


The aims of this webinar are to:

  • Increase understanding of feminist and gender perspectives on dance history
  • Locate the ‘I’ (subjective position) in writings on Romantic Ballet
  • Consider our own individual identities, values and beliefs as an important component in giving meaning to the past

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge and understanding of recent research on Romantic Ballet and Romanticism
  • Be able to identify post-colonial and gender perspectives in selected sources
  • Have increased understanding of the complex identity of the Romantic ballerina
  • Have reflected on their own experience in ballet and/or dance in terms of gender identity and agency


You will access the webinar via Zoom. You will receive further information within five working days prior to the live broadcast. This webinar will be recorded and it will be available for three months following the date of the live broadcast. You need to book a webinar before the date and time of the live broadcast to guarantee you will have access to the recording.


You will require the following resources:

  • A computer/laptop/tablet with internet connection
  • Speakers or headphones

Webinar Presenter

Dr Carol Martin is a freelance lecturer and dance historian. She taught at the RAD Faculty of Education for several years and has written several articles for Dance Gazette. Carol trained at Elmhurst Ballet School before gaining her LRAD and working as a dance teacher both in the UK and abroad. She subsequently gained undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of Surrey.

CPD Hours

1 hour Time-Valued CPD


Members of the Royal Academy of Dance receive discounts on all CPD activities.

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Key Information

Time Duration Fee
10am - 11am 1h Member Fee: £17.50/€20
Non-Member Fee: £22.50/€25

Who can attend?

  • Current dance students
  • Dance graduates
  • Trainee and early career dance teachers
  • Established dance teachers with an interest in dance history

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