Keith (John) Cavers

Memberships (professional bodies)

Ex Member of CHArt, Society for Dance Research, EADH, etc.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Career summary

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: Diploma 1974.
BA Hons.  History of Drawing and Printmaking Camberwell (University of the Arts London)  1989.
M.Phil. dance studies University of Surrey: 1994.
Visiting Research Fellow Harvard: 1997.
Catalogued the Portraits Collection of Opera Rara 2007-9.
Taught at Camberwell 1990 – 2010.
Information Officer at National Gallery 1998 – 2010.
Private practice since 2010.
Give papers at the Oxford Dance Symposium on Dance Iconography.
Giving the Early Dance Circle’s Annual Lecture this year  (2017).


The Romantic Ballet; Royal Festival Hall, 1985 (assistant).
Nancy Dawson; Royal Opera House; 1987.
Louisa Fairbrother; |Romantic Ballerina and Royal Bride; Kensal Green; 2000.
Drag Heroes; University of the Arts; 2009.

Areas of interest / research

The Iconography of the Dance – also Opera and the Theatre.
For the last two years I have spent a month at Harvard Theatre Collection working on my catalogue of Georgian dance images and the Binney collection.
Preparing an extra-illustrated version of the article by George Chaffee, ‘The Romantic Ballet in London: 1821-1858’, in Dance Index, New York, Vol.2 No.s 9-12. Ballet Caravan NYC 1943.

Details of books/publications relating to your work on British portraiture

An Union Catalogue of English Theatre Dance prints 1670 – 1836