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Research Profile

Miss Lucy Sims 

Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Address:1-3 Museum Place


2003-2006 BScEcon Sociology and Education (Cardiff University)

2006-2007 MSc Social Science Research Methods (Education Route)

2007-        PhD: ‘Learning the Steps to Become a Successful Nightclub Dancer’ 

Research Interests

I am interested in theories of (workplace) learning which can be thought of as ‘participation orientated’ such as learning through participation in communities of practice and activity systems, as well as types of non-formal and embodied learning. My research also draws on a range of sociological concepts including body techniques, habitus, aesthetic labour, emotional labour, sexualised labour and performativity.

PhD Topic / Area

My PhD focuses on how individuals learn to become successful nightclub dancers. This includes what skills and attributes individuals require in order to become successful nightclub dancers and how nightclub dancers learn to be successful and professional in their occupation. I use the term ‘nightclub dancer’ to refer to any type of dancer (e.g. freestyle podium dancer, choreographed dancer, pole performer) who is paid to provide entertainment in nightclubs (not strip clubs).


Prof Alan Felstead

Dr Sara Delamont