Rosemary Kate Martin

Professor of Arts Education with a focus on Dance and Multiculturalism

Department of Teacher Education

Background and activities

Rose Martin is Professor of Arts Education with a focus on Dance and Multiculturalism, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Rose was a dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and in 2012 she gained her PhD in Dance Studies, before becoming Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies at the University of Auckland. While at the University of Auckland she also held the position of Associate Dean Academic for the Faculty of Creative Art and Industries. In January 2020 Rose took her current position at the Department of Teacher Education at NTNU where she teaches extensively on the Master’s and PhD programmes. Rose is also Professor II at Nord University in the Faculty of Education, Arts and Culture. Rose has extensive experience in research and teaching in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. She is part of international research consortiums with colleagues across Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Her research interests include arts education; qualitative research methodologies; and dance and politics. Rose has authored over 60 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and books. Her books include: The people’s dance: The power and politics of guangchang wu in contemporary China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) with Ruohan Chen; Dance, Diversity and Difference: Performance and Identity Politics in Northern Europe and the Baltic (Bloomsbury Press, 2017) with Professor Eeva Anttila; and Women, Dance and Revolution: Performance and Protest in the Southern Mediterranean (IB Tauris, 2016). 



2014 University of Auckland, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

2012 University of Auckland, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dance Studies

2008 University of Auckland, Master in Creative and Performing Arts (1st Div. 1st Class Honours)

2007 University of Auckland, Postgraduate Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts 

2001 New Zealand School of Dance, Diploma in Dance Performance



Dance Articulated, Editorial Board

Research in Dance Education, Reviewer

Palgrave Macmillan, Manuscript Reviewer

International Journal of Education and the Arts, Reviewer

Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Reviewer

Studies in Higher Education, Reviewer

Innovations in Educational Research Journal, Reviewer 

The Bloomsbury International Dance Platform, Middle East Editorial Advisor

Journal of Dance Education, Review Board

Policy Futures in Education, Review Board

Somatechnics, Reviewer

DansiT Board Member



Courses coordinated and taught at NTNU:

PLU8013: Theory, ethics, and professionalism (PhD course – Coordinator and teacher)

PLU8022: Qualitative methods of analysis II (PhD course - Coordinator and teacher)

PLU8021: Qualitative methods of analysis I (PhD course – teacher)

DID3102: Arts Education Research (Master’s course - Coordinator and teacher)

EDU3076: Arts and social change (Master’s course - Coordinator and teacher)

MGLU3116: Music education project and practice (Master’s course - teacher)

MGLU4219: Arts Education Research (Master’s course - Coordinator and teacher)



Current PhD supervision:

Sophia Friedmann – Cultural diversity in the music class (Nord University) (co-supervisor, with Jens Knigge as main supervisor)

Alesha Wallabh - Cultural agency and activation in performance practice: Ritual as a decolonial feminist methodology for choreographic practice (main supervisor, with Ralph Buck – co-supervisor, and Sarah Foster-Sproull - advisor)

Victoria Husby – Tertiary dance education in Norway (NTNU) (co-supervisor, with Tone Pernille Østern as main supervisor)

Runa Hestad Jenssen - Vocal narratives: on the experience of working with the adolescent female changing voice ((NTNU) (co-supervisor with Elin Angelo – main supervisor, and Regine Vesterlid Strøm – co-supervisor)

Natalie Schiller – The hips don’t lie: Critical perspectives of the body in belly dance (University of Auckland) (co-supervisor with Mark Harvey – co-supervisor)

Sarah Foster-Sproull – Intersectional feminism and a post-humanist approach towards choreographic practice as a craft (University of Auckland) (main supervisor with Ralph Buck – co-supervisor)

Jiahui Liu – Transformative pedagogy in Chinese dance studios (University of Auckland) (joint-supervisor with Nicholas Rowe)

Kendall Jones – Refugee’s experiences of a community arts action in Athens during times of crisis (University of Auckland) (joint-supervisor with Nicholas Rowe)

Teuila Hughes – Samoan diaspora dance practices and the problem of cultural lumping (University of Auckland) (joint-supervisor with Nicholas Rowe)

Completed PhD supervisions:

Dr Ruohan Chen – Totalitarian aesthetics of Chinese state choreography (University of Auckland) (main supervisor with Nicholas Rowe – co-supervisor)

Dr Maryam Bagheri Nesami – The edge of effortless power: The politics and poetics of solo underground performance in Iran (University of Auckland) (with Carol Brown and Alys Longley – co-supervisor)

Dr Kristie Mortimer – Finding common ground: Dance studio teachers’ responses to cultural difference within rural towns in Aotearoa (University of Auckland) (joint-supervisor with Nicholas Rowe)

Dr Pauline Hiroti – Resting our bodies upon Papatūānuku: An exploration of how community dance may foster connections to whenua for rangatahi (University of Auckland) (main supervisor with Ralph Buck – co-supervisor)

Dr Sophie Williams – Ngā whatinga-rau o Iho: Critical reflections of iho in Haka Theatre through personal pūrākau of four Hawaiki Tū kaihaka (University of Auckland) (main supervisor with Arapera Ngaha – co-supervisor)

Dr Jin Jin – Stepping out of the ivory tower: Meanings of teaching dance in schools in China (University of Auckland) (joint-supervisor with Ralph Buck)


Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Martin, Rosemary Kate; Rowe, Nicholas; Buck, Ralph. (2014) Talking Dance: Contemporary Histories from the Southern Mediterranean. Bloomsbury Academic. 2014. ISBN 978-1780764894.