University of Malta

Professor Jo Butterworth
UOM Main Page
Apply - Admissions 2016
Dance Brochure

Professor Jo Butterworth                                                                       

Jo Butterworth is Professor of Dance Studies at the University of Malta, where she set up a new department offering Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Dance in 2010 and was the founding Director of the School of Performing Arts.  Formerly Head of Dance at Bretton Hall College/University of Leeds, she initiated the BA Hons Dance and MA in Performance Studies programmes, and directed a part-time MA in Choreography for dance practitioners at Fontys University, Tilburg, the Netherlands. Jo received her MA from NYU, New York and her doctorate from the University of Kent. Her research interests focus on dance making and its applications; she co-edited Contemporary Choreography: a Critical Reader with Liesbeth Wildschut in 2009, and published Dance Studies: the Basics in 2012, both for Routledge. Jo was on the Board of Wayne MacGregor|Random Dance for 14 years and is currently a board member of Northern Ballet, Leeds, Zfin Malta Dance Ensemble and Dundee Rep, the home of Scottish Dance Theatre. She is also Chair of Opening Doors Association, Malta, introducing young adults with intellectual disabilities to the Performing Arts. 


Recent Publications  

2009. Butterworth, Jo and Wildschut, Liesbeth. (eds.) Contemporary Choreography: a Critical Reader (Routledge)

2012. Dance Studies: the Basics (Routledge)

2015. ‘Dance Artists in Academia: Developing a BA course in the Maltese context’, CHOROS International Dance Journal, 4 (Spring): 1-16

Currently working on:

Forthcoming. Butterworth, Jo and Wildschut, Liesbeth (eds.) Contemporary Choreography: a Critical Reader, sec. ed. (Routledge)

Forthcoming. ‘Hamlet, the Ballet: Examining a Choreographic Process’, in Brandon Shaw and Lindsey McCullough (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance (Oxford University Press)

Forthcoming. Butterworth, Jo. ‘Collaboration And Interdisciplinarity in Tertiary Education: What are the Benefits?’, in Stefan Aquilina and Malaika Sarco-Thomas (eds.) Interdisciplinarity and the Performing Arts: Contemporary Perspectives



A small selection of recent University of Malta Masters projects

  • The notion of contemporaneity in the Performing Arts: an approach through the concept of brain plasticity (taught Masters dissertation)
  • Accessibility in Dance Performance (MA by Research, PaR) Patricia Chetcuti
  • How teachers of the Cecchetti ballet syllabus can develop creative approaches to teaching and examination with special reference to teaching styles, educational models, and progression (MA by Research) Alison Bird
  • ‘I am Here’ documentation/film of a choreographic process for a senior dancer (taught Masters praxis) by Sara Wiktorowicz
  • Intergenerational choreography in the Community (taught Masters praxis)
  • ‘The Way I Am’ – the creation of a Dance film promoting and increasing sensitivity and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (taught Masters praxis), by Lynne Salomone Reynaud
  • Enhancing Creativity and Imaginative Skills in students with multiple disabilities (taught Masters praxis), Ilona Attard     

Contact Details  



Student Representatives on Board of Studies
Theatre Studies, Music Studies and Dance Studies
Study-units on offer for Erasmus Students - 2017-2018

Please find the list of study-units for Erasmus Students for academic year 2017-2018

Optional Study-units on offer 2017-2018

Please find the list of Optional study-units for the the School of Performing Arts for academic year 2017-2018

Last Updated: 20 April 2017

Log In back to UoM Homepage