Sally Varrall




Senior Lect​u​rer

Telephone number: 029 2041 6173
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Sally is a Senior Lecturer and joint Programme Director for the BA (Hons) Dance degree, as well as Personal & Year Tutor for year 3 undergraduate students.  Having worked within the dance industry through community, education & performance, Sally ensures currency of practice by continuing to deliver and engage others in dance with the support of the University's Widening Access unit. Sally contributes to the development of entrepreneurial activities within Cardiff Met through developing professional partnerships locally, nationally & internationally.


Research / Publications

Sally is particularly interested in inclusive & collaborative practice, and realises this through consideration and application of creative approaches and choreographic practices within learning & teaching environments internally (Cardiff Met) and externally in partnership within the dance profession.

Teaching and Supervision

Within the BA (Hons) Dance degree programme Sally is Module Leader for: Research in Performance Practice (SSP5042); Core Performance Techniques (SSP5041); Choreographic Research Project (SSP6043); Professional Dance Placements (SSP6041); and contributes to Pedagogy in year 2 (SSP5044). She is also co-ordinator for undergraduate dissertations within Dance at level 6 and supervises level 6 independent projects/dissertations. Sally facilitates the Student Dance Company.

Qualifications and Awards

BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Dance)
PGCE in Dance in Secondary Education
MA in Choreography
PgC Teaching in Higher Education 
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Student Led Teaching Fellowship, 2016

External Links

Sally is a member of People Dancing (formerly Foundation for Community Dance); One Dance UK (incl. NDTA) and Dance in HE.

As part of her research practice & entrepreneurial activities, Sally is active within the dance industry developing pathways into & partnerships with the profession. She is a board member of TaikaBox (a digital dance company based in Cardiff & Finland) and served on the board of Anjali, a dance company for people with learning disabilities.

Sally has more recently reviewed new undergraduate Dance programmes on behalf of Bath University and Worcester University.