Dr Paul Golz


Course Leader and Senior Lecturer for Dance and Applied Practice, Physical Education and Dance

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 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.

When not teaching Paul works as an independent choreographer and community dance artist. He has taught dance to students from the age of 3 to 75, including delivering training for professional dancers.

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


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

Teaching & Research

Paul has taught in a wide range of areas, from the history of dance to technique and dance making to dance pedagogy and the role of the dance artist.

He is currently leading on choreographic practice, especially related to the digital agenda, as well somatic technique and contact improvisation.

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


Recent Choreographic Works

The Puzzle Box: a stage show inspired by learning maths. In development, exp. to tour 2020.

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:

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

Electronic Visualisation and the Arts: Program Committee

Reviewer - Journal of Innovations in Education and Teaching