Fenella Kennedy

Fenella Kennedy

Assistant Professor


  • PhD in Dance Studies, The Ohio State University
  • Advanced Labanotation Certification, Dance Notation Bureau
  • BA(Hons) in Dance Theatre, Trinity Laban School of Music and Dance

Research Areas

  • Dance History
  • Dance and Social Justice
  • Dance and Queer Theory
  • Dance and Discourse Studies


Teaching Areas

  • Dance practice
  • Choreography
  • History and theory
  • Pedagogy


Dr Fenella Kennedy is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Alabama. Their research – creative and theoretical – examines how different articulations of our dance practices can shape our values and who we are as a society. Before joining the faculty at UA Dr Kennedy danced with Aegis Live Arts and Nutshell Contemporary Dance Company in Europe, where they also restaged Martha Graham repertory on undergraduate students. In their spare time Dr Kennedy teaches and organizes events for the Blues and Fusion social partner dance communities.

Teaching Interests

Dr Kennedy’s pedagogical background draws from a decade of work as a play worker and educator for children with various disabilities. A passionate advocate for inclusivity in higher education, they work to integrate active learning and multiple ways of demonstrating excellence into every subject and syllabus. Their classes are playful, critical, and curious.

Publication and Performance

Dr Kennedy writes at the public research platform:

Other publications include:

  • “Rethinking the Travesty Dancer: Questions of Reading and Representation in the Paris Opera” for Dance Chronicle 2017
  • “Vestibular Desensitization Training and Spatial Disorientation: A Meta-Analysis” forthcoming in collaboration with NASA aerospace researchers

Choreographic works include:

  • They Wouldn’t Let Us Call It What We Wanted to Call It… See/Saw. Co-choreographed with Bita Bell, performed at the Ohio State University Spring Concert
  • Iye. Commissioned for The Ohio State University School Tour
  • The Blue No w here. Commissioned for Ten Tiny Dances festival
  • The Aviary. Performed at MINT Collective’s Queer Perf