Robert Hylton (BA, MA)

I am currently writing a dance image archive book commissioned by The British Library to be published in autumn, 2022

Associate Research Fellow in the School of Arts at (Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre), University of London

PoP Moves UK committee member: an international research group for popular dance and performance.

Former Visiting Fellow at The Eccles Centre, British Library 

My research is currently focused on African diaspora street dance as archive and practice: hip hop, migration, otherness, performance, and speculative future. 

Researching the presence of African diaspora street dance in both the UK and US to enable a broader access and understanding to an often hidden or unspoken representation of black performance and dance over the past 200+ years in Britain. With the aim to enhance and promote the visibility and presence of African diaspora street dance through a British perspective pre and post hip hop in education, academia, performance and research.

The research will help develop a future exhibition and performance work, which focuses on the autonomy of African diaspora street dance as performance in the 21st Century! A presentation based on the research and workshops for community, professional or academic discourse will also be available.

For more information or questions please get in touch


Blurring Boundaries: Urban Street meets Contemporary Dance – Serendipity, Du Montfort University


Skills n Drills, Animated Magazine, 2010


To read my British Library Eccles Centre BLOG please click on the button below

I was the hip hop theatre contributor on the forthcoming publication: Bloomsbury, the Encyclopaedia of Modern Theatre focusing on the ways in which street/urban/popular dance styles have impacted on the theatre


Southbank University – The role of Artistic Director

The Place, London – The life of a choreographer

University of East London Dance: Urban Practice - Hip Hop Theatre

Northampton University - Hip Hop Dance and Theatre 

Rich Mix, London – Hip hop dance archive, commissioned by State of Emergency

Dance UK (One Dance) AGM at Sadlers Wells  - Websites, culture and information