Conference 2016: Artistic Advisor, Program Chairs and Local Arrangements Chair

Photo by RJ Muna

Photo by RJ Muna

Artistic Advisor

 Lynn Garafola Professor of Dance, Barnard College

Program Chairs

Jill Nunes Jensen Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)

Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel, Ph.D., Faculty of Education Royal Academy of Dance (London)

Local Arrangements Chair

Ariel Osterweis, Ph.D., Skidmore College



Dance historian and critic Lynn Garafola is the author of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance, and a regular contributor of articles and essays to both scholarly and general interest publications. She is the former editor of the book series “Studies in Dance History” and the founder of the Columbia University seminar Studies in Dance. Professor Garafola served as guest curator of the exhibition “Dance for a City: Fifty Years of the New York City Ballet” at the New-York Historical Society. Her other exhibitions have included “500 Years of Italian Dance: Treasures from the Cia Fornaroli Collection” (with Patrizia Veroli), “New York Story: Jerome Robbins and his World,” and “Diaghilev’s Theater of Marvels: The Ballets Russes and Its Aftermath,” all at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Professor Garafola is the artistic advisor for this conference.

Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel is Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies (with responsibility for Research and Academic Integrity) at the Faculty of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and sits on the Executive Board of the Society of Dance History Scholars (2012-2018; second term). Her scholarship on Transmodern Dance Practices is articulated through the contemporary ballets by Angelin Preljocaj, Mauro Bigonzetti and their re-imaginings of Bronislava Nijinska’s Les Noces (1923). Dr. Farrugia-Kriel has presented at several international conferences within North America, Europe and South Africa. When time permits, she examines postgraduate dissertations at the University of Cape Town’s School of Dance as well as guest lectures at the University of Malta. Her publications include  Network of Pointes (with Nunes Jensen, 2015) and articles on Yvonne Mounsey (South African Dance Journal, 2015) and ballet in Malta (1930s – 1965).

Jill Nunes Jensen is on faculty at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, leading courses in dance history and ballet technique. In 2014 Dr. Nunes Jensen completed two terms of service on the SDHS Executive Board as the Corresponding Secretary. She has presented work at CORD and SDHS conferences both nationally and internationally. Her research on Alonzo King LINES Ballet has been published in When Men Dance (Oxford University Press), Dance Chronicle (Routledge, Taylor & Francis), and Theatre Survey (Cambridge). Additionally, she has an article on King and AKLB that will be published in Dance in American Culture (University of Florida Press, forthcoming).

Ariel Osterweis recently joined the faculty of The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where she will teach dance history, aesthetics, and pedagogy. She has also taught at Skidmore College, Wayne State University, and UC Berkeley. Osterweis earned her PhD in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley and her BA in Anthropology at Columbia University. Her book manuscript, Body Impossible: Desmond Richardson and the Politics of Virtuosity (working title), is under contract with Oxford University Press and examines issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality in contemporary dance. Osterweis also researches Sub-Saharan African dance and mixed-race, feminist, and transgender performance that disavows dance-based virtuosity. Publications appear in Dance Research Journal, TDR/The Drama Review, Women and Performance, e-misférica, Theatre Survey, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Choreographies of 21st Century Wars (Oxford University Press, 2016). Osterweis danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Mia Michaels R.A.W., and Heidi Latsky, choreographs, and has served as dramaturg for John Jasperse and Narcissister. She is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars and is Book Reviews Editor for Dance Research Journal.