Contact: Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-2788 or
Contact: Victoria Winkelman
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785

October 12, 2001

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION, “PRESERVATION OF DANCE” PANELISTS

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Shelley Berg, Moderator is associate professor of dance at Southern Methodist University, where she teaches dance history and ballet. Ms. Berg received her Ph.D. from New York University. She danced professionally with the London Festival Ballet, the Slovene National Ballet in Yugoslavia and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens of Montreal. Her publications include Le Sacre du Printemps: Seven Productions from Nijinsky to Martha Graham. Ms. Berg serves as a dance consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts and is currently president-elect of the Society of Dance History Scholars.

Thomas deFrantz is associate professor of theatre arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has two books forthcoming: Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African-American Culture and an edited anthology entitled Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance for the SDHS series Studies in Dance History. The recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, he has published in a variety of venues, including The Village Voice, and he is a performer and choreographer as well as critic and scholar.

Ilene Fox is executive director of the Dance Notation Bureau, a certified professional notator, a certified movement analyst and a teacher of labanotation. She has notated works by Anastos, Balanchine, Holm, Joffrey, Limón, Louis, Parsons, Shawn and Sokolow. She also notated the Chinese Classical Dance Syllabus for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She serves on the board of directors of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) and is an honorary director of the Labanotation Institute at the University of Surrey in England. Ms. Fox received her B.A. in dance education from the University of Illinois.

Richard A. Long is the Haygood Professor in The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University. His research interests include African-American literature, music and art and dance history. Publications and projects include Grown Deep: Essays on the Harlem Renaissance, “Louis Armstrong and African-American Culture,” and The Black Tradition in American Dance.

Madeleine Nichols has been curator of the dance collection at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center since 1988. She formerly served there as head of the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image. She is also an attorney, specializing in contracts, estates and copyright, and an adjunct professor at New York University’s School of Education. Active in professional associations in the fields of law, libraries, and dance, she is presently on the board of directors and editorial board of the Society of Dance History Scholars; is a member of the National Leadership Group of the UCLA Dance/Media Project and is on the National Council of the Atlantic Center for the Arts. With colleagues in major research libraries, she is a founding member of the Dance Heritage Coalition and the American Library Association’s Dance Librarian’s Committee. Her continuing interests are the international protection of artists’ rights and economic concerns, and the implications of media and technology in arts and education.

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