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Faculty Research


For a comprehensive list of faculty research, and links to library resources, please click here.

At Swarthmore, dance faculty research takes many forms: choreography, performance, video dance, and written scholarship among them. Choreographic research at Swarthmore involves dances from a wide range of styles: African, Ballet, Contact Improvisation, Flamenco, Modern, Post-Modern, and Tap. Students sometimes have opportunities to perform with faculty in professional engagements. Faculty works are seen in regional, national, and international venues such as: The Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia, Joe's Pub and the Joyce SoHo in New York City, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and at international festivals in Poland, France, India, and the U.K.

Much choreographic and written scholarship involves faculty in collaborative work with artists in other fields both within the U.S. and abroad. Faculty are currently working with colleagues on projects involving:

  • Women choreographers working cross-culturally
  • The development of an anthology on dances of Africa and the Diaspora
  • and many others...

Faculty research interests have helped establish networks between Swarthmore's Dance Program and individuals or organizations in Australia, France, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Mali, Poland, Spain, and the U.K.

Dance faculty at Swarthmore are also active in professional organizations such as the Congress on Research in Dance, Society of Dance History Scholars, The International Baccalaureate Organization, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance. They help organize symposia, conferences and concerts, serve on boards of directors, write internationally focused dance curricula, and work as editors and writers for proceedings and journals in the field.

For more information on research, please contact faculty members individually or see their profiles and websites.