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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Kayla Dougan Bowtell

Kayla is a dancer, practitioner and performance maker.   She is passionate about enabling others to work from a place of embodiment and ownership as a means of developing a clear technical and dynamic body.  Yoga, release technique, contact improvisation and somatics inform her approach to both teaching and the qualities she presents as a performer.  As a performance maker and teacher of Choreography, she is guided by her professional practice as well as current shifts in the scene.  Kayla actively encourages discourse about choreography and what it can be; she guides students through a wealth of literature, practice and performances and she creates playful yet rigorous work environments so that all students have the opportunity to find their choreographic potential. Kayla has been based at the University of Lincoln since 2007 and is influential in the writing and shaping of the undergraduate dance degree, the MA Choreography and the MFA Choreographing Live Art alongside the dance team.

Department Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Dance Predominant Teaching and Module Coordination Responsibilities include: Masters Level Facilitating Dance Creation Examining Choreography Final Projects: Dissertation by Practice Third year Dissertation Second Year Dance Technique and Somatics Applied Dance Techniques Contact Improvisation: An Ongoing Research Lab First Year Dance Improvisation and Reflective Practice

Subject Specialism

Contemporary Dance Techniques, Improvisation and Contact Improvisation, Choreography, Integrated and inclusive dance pedagogy, Somatics, Touch, Yoga


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy — UKPFS/ULPSF HEA, 2013
  • Advanced Forrest Yoga Teacher Training — Forrest Yoga, 2013
  • Level 5 Award in Leadership — Institute of Leadership and Management (Quality Culture), 2013
  • RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) — Frog Lotus International, Spain, 2011
  • MA Theatre and Contemporary Practice — University of Hull, 2004
  • Postgraduate Diploma in New Dance Techniques, — Dance Vision Institute, San Francisco, 2000
  • BA (Hons) Dance — University of York, 1999


  • Using the Artist in Residence Model as a Framework for Module Delivery, £3000.00 — CERD/FED,
  • Day and Night Dance for Camera, £8534.00 — Arts Council of England,
  • Research into Integrated Dance Practice and Leadership, £1125.00 — Arts Council of England,
  • Movin’ In An Interactive Performance Installation, £9219.00 — Arts Council of England,


Kayla has been developing dance and performance work nationally and internationally since 2000. She works collaboratively with artists from other disciplines to create performance, installation, dance film and participatory art works.  Kayla peer reviews articles for Research in Dance Education, is a Board Member of St Hugh’s Art Foundation and is External Examiner for the BA (Hons) Dance at Hull College.

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Foundation for Community Dance — Member
  • Congress on Research in Dance — Member
  • The Society for Dance Research — Member
  • Research in Dance Education — Peer Reviewer