Deborah Jowitt is an American dance critic, author, and choreographer. Her career in dance began as a performer and choreographer. Jowitt has received several awards for her work, including a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for her work in dance criticism.
Beginning in 1967, she wrote a weekly dance column for the Village Voice, providing frequent reviews of dance performances in New York City. From some time in the 1970s until 1994, the Voice had a page and a half for dance coverage: Jowitt contributed 1600 words or a full page of this, week after week, plus occasional features. Collections of her reviews from the Voice and numerous other publications have appeared as books - Dance Beat: Views and Reviews, New York: Marcel Dekker, 1977 and The Dance in Mind: Profiles and Reviews, 1976–1983, Boston: David R. Godine, 1985.
In 2007 her column in the Village Voice was increased in length to 3/4 page, having been earlier reduced to a half-page; in 2008, however, her position as dance critic was converted from full-time to freelance. However, Jowitt continues to write 3/4 page reviews for the Voice and writes reviews for the Voice on-line edition. She is a faculty member at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU).
Joan Acocella is an American journalist who is a staff writer for The New Yorker,. She has written books on dance, literature, and psychology.
Jill Johnston was a British-born American feminist author and cultural critic who wrote Lesbian Nation in 1973 and was a longtime writer for The Village Voice. She was also a leader of the lesbian separatist movement of the 1970s. Johnston also wrote under the pen name F. J. Crowe.
The de la Torre Bueno Prize is an annual award offered by the Dance Studies Association for the best book published in English in the field of dance studies. The award honors José Rollin de la Torre Bueno, the first university press editor to develop a dance studies titles list. The award of $1000 recognizes exemplary scholarship and important contributions to the field.
David Gordon was an American dancer, choreographer, writer, and theatrical director prominent in the world of postmodern dance and performance. Based in New York City, Gordon's work has been seen in major performance venues across the United States, Europe, South America and Japan, and has appeared on television on PBS's Great Performances and Alive TV, and the BBC and Channel 4 in Great Britain.
Lois Greenfield is an American photographer best known for her unique approach to photographing the human form in motion. Born in New York City, she attended Hunter College Elementary School, the Fieldston School, and Brandeis University. Greenfield majored in Anthropology and expected to become an ethnographic filmmaker but instead, she became a photojournalist for local Boston newspapers. She traveled around the world on various assignments as a photojournalist but her career path changed in the mid-1970s when she was assigned to shoot a dress rehearsal for a dance concert. Greenfield has since specialized in photographing dancers in her photo studio as part of her exploration of the expressive potential of movement.
María Benítez is an American dancer, choreographer and director in Spanish dance and flamenco. Born of a mother of Chippewa, Algonquian, Oneida and Iroquois parentage and a Puerto Rican father, Benítez is best known for the work of the company she and her husband Cecilio founded and direct, Teatro Flamenco.
Kate Weare is an American choreographer. She is the founder and artistic director of the Kate Weare Company.
Dance criticism in the United States is the act of producing a written or spoken review of a dance performance. The term may also refer to the report itself, which may act as an archived review, critique, or highlight. As with other topics, dance criticism may employ its own technical language, and may also reflect the critic's opinions. Major newspapers cover the arts in some form and dance criticism may be included. Dance criticism is available in other types of media as well, such as online publishing, through blogs, websites, and online videos.
Jody Sperling is an American dancer, choreographer, and dance scholar based in New York City. She is the Founder/Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance, a dance company that gives a postmodern twist to vintage genres, from the fin de siècle spectacles of Loie Fuller, to circus and music hall entertainments.
Sally Rachel Banes was a notable dance historian, writer, and critic.
Noémie Lafrance is a Canadian-born choreographer living and working in New York since 1994. She is known for making large-scale site-specific dance performances that uses the architecture of the city as settings for her work. She is the founder and artistic director of Sens Production—a not-for-profit dance production company based in Brooklyn and founded in 2001. She has received a Bessie Award and a MVPA award for her work. The Feist music video 1234 that she choreographed was nominated for a Grammy.
Yin Mei is a choreographer and dancer, and the founder of a dance company based in New York City.
Richard Move is an American present-day choreographer, dancer, performing artist, director, and filmmaker. They are the Artistic Director of MoveOpolis! and Move- It! Productions. Move is well known internationally for their interest in Martha Graham and the ability to recreate her performances. They are a TEDGlobal Oxford Fellow and was named 1 of 12 TED Fellows who inspire by producing art that confronts social injustice, and provokes action. Move is Assistant Arts Professor at New York University in the Tisch School of the Arts’ Department of Dance. In 2018, Move was Artist in Residence at Pratt Institute and Monash University’s MADA Artist in Residence in Melbourne, Australia. From 2014 – 2019, Move served as Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Queens College, CUNY and from 2012-2014, as Lecturer in Design at Yale School of Drama.
Irina Nijinska was a Russian-Polish ballet dancer who performed with the company of Ida Rubinstein; in the Théatre de la Danse Nijinska; the Ballets Russes of Col. de Basil; the Polish Ballet, and other troupes. She spent much of her later life promoting the work of her mother, Bronislava Nijinska, the dancer and choreographer.
Kevin Dreyer is an American lighting designer of dance, theatre, opera and film, Full professor of Theatre at the University of Notre Dame and resident lighting designer for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Dreyer is also a dance lighting reconstructor for the works of Gerald Arpino, Moses Pendleton and Kurt Jooss.
Dan Froot is an American performance artist, writer, dancer, composer and saxophonist.
Big Dance Theater is a New York City-based dance theater company known for its experimental theater works combining dance, drama, and literature. It is led by Artistic-Director Annie-B Parson, who founded Big Dance Theater in 1991 with Molly Hickok and Paul Lazar. For more than 25 years, Big Dance Theater has worked to create over 20 dance/theater works, generating each piece over months of collaboration with its associate artists, a long-standing, ever-evolving group of actors, dancers, composers and designers. They have been commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The National Theater of Paris, The Japan Society, and The Walker Art Center and have performed in many venues, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, Classic Stage Company, Japan Society, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Chocolate Factory, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Walker Art Center, Yerba Buena, On the Boards, New York Live Arts, UCLA Live, and The Spoleto Festival USA, and at festivals internationally in Europe and Brazil.
Annie-B Parson is an American choreographer, dancer, and director based in Brooklyn, New York. Parson is notable for her work in dance/theater, post-modern dance, and art pop music. Parson is the Artistic Director of Brooklyn's Big Dance Theater, which she founded with Molly Hickok and her husband, Paul Lazar. She is also well known for her collaborations with Mikhail Baryshnikov, David Byrne, David Bowie, St. Vincent, Laurie Anderson, Jonathan Demme, Ivo van Hove, Sarah Ruhl, Lucas Hnath, Wendy Whelan, David Lang, Esperanza Spalding, Mark Dion, Salt ‘n Pepa, Nico Muhly, and the Martha Graham Dance Co.
Sarah "Sally" Gross was an American postmodernist dancer.
Lawrence Rhodes was an American premier dancer, dance teacher and director of ballet companies and the dance divisions of New York University and the Juilliard School.