Liz Long


School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Media Factory, ME107

+44 (0) 1772 89 5430

Liz Long is a Lecturer on the BA(Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching degree. She specialises in Somatic Movement Education which develops bodily felt awareness, kinaesthetic awareness, creativity and expression and promotes wellbeing.

Full Profile

Liz Long trained in Somatic Movement Education at UCLan, achieving MA Dance & Somatic Wellbeing in 2007. Liz's specialist area is somatic movement education within a community context, for dancers and within dance performance. Liz is also a practicing dance artist within the community exploring dance and somatic movement as an inclusive practice to develop wellbeing. She also specialises in improvisational performance work.

Prior to this Liz has worked within a number of different dance collaborations, as a choreographer, performer and teacher. She trained in dance at John Moores University and in 2004 gained BA(Hons) Dance Studies Choreography & Performance.


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The focus of Liz's research is in Somatic Movement, developing more connection to the body, developing the ability to listen and become more aware of experiences and interactions in the world. Liz has seen Somatic Movement Education have a profound effect on many people, allowing people to feel how alive they are in the world and give value to their experiences of being. Liz feels this is such valuable work for everyone, and particularly

for dancers who are often used to the notion of seeing the world objectively - what movement looks like from the outside. To see someone experience the sensation of their body moving, from the inside, and develop true connection to their moving self, is inspirational.

Liz is interested in this connection, of seeing and being seen in the present moment and how this can be explored

within a community context and experienced within a performance context. How do we perceive the world, connect to the world and others around us? What is our experience, and how do we fully listen to our response to the world, within our body?


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Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Liz is part of the dance team at UCLan, teaching on the BA(Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching degree. She is Year 3 Personal Tutor, and module leader for the Somatic Movement Modules on all three years of the degree course. The first year module is an introduction to Somatic Movement Education, and the focus is on developing kinaesthetic and sensory awareness, through anatomical awareness and improvisational movement explorations. Within Year 2 there is a focus on developing awareness of the imagination, creativity and personal expression within movement. This module focuses on improvisational work and the connection to others. During Year 3, within Somatic Movement the students get the opportunity to explore Authentic Movement in depth, exploring theoretical and philosophical ideas in practice. The focus is on developing a deeper awareness of the self in relation to another, and developing community.