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Dr Paul Golz

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer for Physical Education & Dance and Dance & Community Practice

School of Sport & Exercise Science

Contact Details


tel: 01905 54 2198

Paul is an experienced teacher, choreographer, dancer and researcher. Following his initial training at the Centre for Professional Dance Training in Edinburgh he trained as a Graham dancer, however it is somatic based technique that remains his true passion, especially in contact improvisation and creative partner work.

Paul has worked professionally with Misfitted Dance and Birmingham Opera. In 2011, he set up his own company, Ephemeris Dance following his interest in Dance and Digital. He has choreographed work in this arena under Arts Council grants for both his own company and ReadySaltedCode.

When not teaching Paul works as an independent choreographer and community dance artist. He has taught dance to students from the age of 3 to 75, including delivering training for professional dancers.


  • PhD
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • MA Hons (Cantab)
  • HND   
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Paul has taught in a wide range of areas, from the history of dance to technique and dance making to dance pedagogy and the role of the dance artist.

He is currently leading on choreographic practice, especially related to the digital agenda, as well somatic technique and contact improvisation.

Paul’s research interests focus on the interface between dance and digital. He has an ongoing interest in the digital augmentation of live performance dance and this has led to some collaborative work on motion capture technologies and data visualisation within dance.

Paul’s other main research interest is using dance to aid learning of abstract concepts within STEM education, especially computer science. To this end he has choreographed several “digital” ballets in collaboration with ReadySaltedCode and the Brighton Digital Festival.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts
Professional Member People Dancing
Member OneDance UK
Member Education and Training Foundation (QTLS)



Recent Choreographic Works

Trickster: an interactive dance work for children
Nov 2016

European Wheelchair Basketball Championships
Aug-Sep 2015 Opening and Closing Ceremonies

data storm
May 2015 - ongoing Ephemeris Dance / Ready Salted Code
Brighton Digital Festival

[arra]stre Jul 2014 - ongoing
Ephemeris Dance / Ready Salted Code
Brighton Dome, V&A Museum London, Amex Stadium, National Institution

Who We Were
Ephemeris Dance
Feb 2012
The Performance Centre, Wolverhampton


Recent Academic Publications:

Golz, P. (2017) Adapting mental models of computer science concepts using traditional ballet (in preparation)

Golz, P., Bowers, C. & Price, M. (2016). A practical approach to using motion capture in performance dance. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, pp.284-287.

Smith-Nunes, G., Cook, P., Neale, C. & Golz, P. (2016). Data Network Simulator with Classical Ballet. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, pp.1–7.

Mitra, B. & Golz, P., (2016) Exploring Intrinsic Gender Identity Using Second Life. Journal of Virtual World Research, 9(2), pp.1–17.

Golz, P. & Smith-Nunes, G. (2015). [arra]stre: A data driven ballet. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts. pp. 90–91.

Golz, P. & Shaw, A. (2014) Augmenting Live Performance Dance with Mobile Technology.  Proceedings of the 28th International BCS Human-Computer Interaction Conference, 311-316.

Golz, P. (December 2011) Coming late to dance. Dance Review Magazine p24.               

Recent Conferences:

Sustaining the Discipline, DanceHE (Nov 2016) Presenter - Embedding Technology within Dance Education

The role of training within HE, Salon B’ham (May 2015) Contributor.

Exploring Digital Arts in Live Performance, DanceXchange, Birmingham (May 2014) Contributor.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Electronic Visualisation and the Arts: Program Committee

Reviewer - Journal of Innovations in Education and Teaching