Dr Paul Golz

Paul Golz

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer for Dance Theatre

School of Arts

Theatre, Film & Media Production

Contact Details

email: p.golz@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855025

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 a 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. He currently performs and creates for Riverside Dance Collective.

Paul has extensive experience as a dance teacher and leader. He has taught dance to students from the age of 3 to 75, including delivering training for professional dancers. Paul is also works in dance and wellbeing and is an accredited Somatic Movement Dance Creative Specialist.

Nominated for the 2018, 2019 and 2021 Inspirational Lecturer award from OneDance UK.


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

Teaching & Research

Paul teaches across the dance programme, from choreographic practices to dance therapy. His technique classes focus on highly physical performance, often bringing in elements of urban dance.

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

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority 
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts 
  • Educational Member OneDance UK
  • Member Society for Education and Training
  • Member Dance HE
  • Member Association for Learning Technology
  • Associate Member People Dancing
  • The Association for Somatic Movement and Dance Therapy: UK and Eire


Recent Choreographic Works

Unpatterning: a work focusing on unhelpful patterns we find ourselves caught in and our attempts to escape them touring presently (Autumn 2021 – ongoing)

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:

Henn M., Fraser, K. and Golz P. (2022) Puppies and Pliés: stress relief in educational settings from integrating therapy dogs into dance and movement interventions (in preparation)

Golz, P. (2022) Stylistic resonances: using martial arts to develop understanding and curiosity within a Higher Education dance curriculum , Theatre Dance and Performance Training - Blog (accepted for publication)

Golz P., Hunt, D. and Symonds, E. (2019) Empowering course teams to deploy connected digital literacy strategies through analysis of the student experience. JISC: Digital experience insights community of practice May 2019.

Golz, P. and Cole, S. (2019): The motif project: extended transition within Dance HE (in preparation).

Golz, P. (2019) Adapting mental models of computer science concepts using traditional ballet (in preparation).

Whitehouse, K., Golz, P., Leahy, C. and Johnson, S. (2018) The ISES Learning Pledge: Influencing and inspiring life-long and life-wide learning. Unlocking Potential. University of Worcester Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2018.

Golz, P. (2018) Using MS OneNote as a portfolio tool in a Dance HE Curriculum, 16th Academic Practice and Technology Conference, Greenwich.

Golz P. (2018) Supporting poor mental health and wellbeing through assessment. Mental Health and the Physical Performer Conference Labanarium, London.

Golz P. (2017) Using OneNote to create flexible assignments. University of Worcester Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2017.

Black, R., Golz, P., Hope, H., Joyce, J., Williams, K. and Whitehouse, K. (2017) Tales of Authentic Learning Experiences: Real Life Learning to Engage and Enhance the Student Learning Experience. University of Worcester Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2017.

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

Smith-Nunes, G., Cook, P., Neale, C. and Golz, P. (2016) Data Network Simulator with Classical Ballet. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, pp.17.

Mitra, B. and Golz, P. (2016) Exploring Intrinsic Gender Identity Using Second Life. Journal of Virtual World Research, 9(2), pp.117.

Golz, P. and Smith-Nunes, G. (2015). [arra]stre: A data driven ballet. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts. pp. 9091.

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

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



External Responsibilities

Reviewer - Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

Reviewer - Journal of Innovations in Education and Teaching

External examiner: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance