Person NameHodgens; Pauline (1941-1988); dance educator
Epithetdance educator
HistoryPauline Hodgens (born 10 May 1941 in Gateshead, Tyneside; died 2 July 1988 in Guildford, Surrey) was a teacher and lecturer in physical education and dance, with a particular interest in aesthetics and dance appreciation and criticism.

Hodgens gained her teaching qualification in 1961 at Southlands College of Education (Wimbledon), where she studied physical education (including dance) and religious studies. In the mid 1960s, she spent six months in India studying transcendental meditation, becoming a qualified teacher in this area. In 1976, she gained a BA [IN WHAT?] from Open University and, in 1978, an MA in physical education at the University of Leeds, focusing on the aesthetic aspects of PE. Her PhD research [IN WHAT?] at the University of Leeds was accepted for an MPhil, and she was working on revisions to resubmit the thesis for a doctorate when she died of cancer.

Initially teaching physical education in schools, Hodgens moved into lecturing on the physical education programmes of teacher training colleges. From 1974 to 1979, she was a senior lecturer on the B.Ed Physical Education at Nonington College of Physical Education. From 1983 to 1987, she lectured on the dance degrees at both the University of Surrey and Roehampton Institute, where she was appointed senior lecturer in dance studies in 1987. At the University of Surrey, she was jointly responsible for developing the Dance Analysis and Criticism course on the MA Dance Studies, and she contributed to summer schools and weekend courses on dance appreciation run by the National Resource Centre for Dance.

Hodgens's work on aesthetics and dance appreciation was given published form in two chapters in Dance Analysis: Theory and Practice (ed. Adshead, Dance Books, 1988) and in Dance: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography of Philosophical Readings in Art, Aesthetics and Criticism (NRCD, 1985). Royalties for the former are paid into the Pauline Hodgens Memorial Prize, offered each year for the best piece of written work in dance analysis in the School of Performing Arts, University of Surrey.
Published WorksCohen, S.J. Dance aesthetics. Dance Chronicle, 9, 2, 1986, pp. 252-255.
Hodgens, P. Dance criticism course. The Dancing Times, Oct 1981, p 34.
Hodgens, P. Reviews: Dance Umbrella '81: Rosemary Butcher Dance Company, 29 October 1981. New Dance, 21, Mar 1982, p 9.
Hodgens, P. Steve Paxton 'Bound', 20th October, Riverside. New Dance, 24, Winter/Spring 1983, p 16.
Hodgens, P. Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane: Roehampton Institute, November 11th [1982]. New Dance, 24, Winter/Spring 1983, p 18.
Hodgens, P. A new venture at Roehampton. The Dancing Times, May 1983, p 618-619.
Hodgens, P. Reports: Dance - a multicultural perspective: Study of Dance Conference 3 (University of Surrey, 5-9 April 1984). Dance Research Journal, 16, 2, Fall 1984, p 39-41.
Hodgens, P. Dance: a selected and annotated bibliography of philosophical readings in art, aesthetics and criticism. Guildford: National Resource Centre for Dance, 1985.
Hodgens, Pauline. Rushes: programme for dance appreciation. Guildford: National Resource Centre for Dance, 1987.
Hodgens, P. [several chapters]. In Janet (ed.) Dance analysis: theory and practice. London : Dance Books, 1988.
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