Polly Hudson

affiliation: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University

A teacher, artist, gardener, dancer and dance activist, Dr. Polly Hudson’s research focuses on process within an artistic practice, ethical approaches to teaching and interaction, Skinner Releasing Technique, eco-somatics, and is informed by the Slow Movement. As a gardener, she is curious about at what point a practice or an activity becomes art.


Polly is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique, the principles of which underpin her approach to teaching, making art and daily activities. Her PhD was the first in dance by publication in the UK, and it considers Skinner Releasing Technique in relationship to the creation of dance for performance and on screen.


Polly has made performance and screendance works that have been shown in the UK and internationally to critical acclaim over a twenty five year period.


Currently, Polly is Head of Movement at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and was previously Course Director for Dance at Coventry University. She has taught across the UK and internationally, independently, at universities, and at conservatoires. Polly sits on the board of DanceHE, and on the editorial board for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. She is also Chair of the steering group for Dance Hub Birmingham.