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Robert Hylton | Choreographer | London | Movement Director
Robert Hylton | Choreographer | London | Movement Director | Hip Hop | Film
Robert Hylton | Dance | Researcher | Writer | Academic | Historian

Robert Hylton (BA, MA)

Currently studying for a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) at Centre for Dance Research: C-DaRE, Coventry University. The PhD is fully funded by C-DaRE. My research investigates cultural transmission popping and British experience

In 2020 I was commissioned to write a dance image archive book Dancing in time: The History of Moving and Shaking by The British Library 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 ongoing research

My research interests focus on street dance and its relationship with the African diaspora as archive and practice. My main research is popping improvisation as a somatic form.


Related study UK Jazzdance, hip hop, migration, otherness, film, 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 and UK Jazzdance 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

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


Creatively Innovating the Archive: In Conversation with Robert Hylton: Monday, 6 March 2023

De Montfort University's 'Funmi Adewole speaks with first generation UK Hip Hop Theatre pioneer, Robert Hylton.

Southbank University – The role of Artistic Director

The Place, London – The life of a choreographer

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

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

Creatively Innovating the Archive: In Conversation with Robert Hylton

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