Papers Presented

“From the Wandering Jew to Israeli Folk Dance: Creating new dance for a new nation”. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Israel-China Dance Symposium: Department of Dance and Confucius Center, Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (invited paper)

“A Fragment of Civilization:” John Maynard Keynes and the Birth of British Ballet” at a combined conference of historians of economics: “The Economic Thought of Cambridge, Oxford, London School of Economics: Welfare Economics and the Transformation of the Welfare State” and the “10th International Conference on John Maynard Keynes: “Keynes: Present and Past Globalization and Keynes Relevance Today.” Hitosubashi University, Tokyo. March 15-17, 2014 (invited paper)

“Carving out Space: Alston and Art”, Symposium, Research in Action, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, November 12, 2014 (invited paper)

“The Man Without Whom: Phillip Richardson’s Immeasurable Contribution to British Dance” Keynote address, Conference: Phillip Richardson and British Dance, British Society for Dance Research, London, England, February 16, 2013 (article in preparation for book from conference)

“Evolution not Revolution”: Dame Ninette de Valois’s Philosophy of Dance” presented at the conference “Ninette de Valois: Adventurous Traditionalist”, Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet School, London, England, April, 2011.

“Love and Limerance: “Euphoria” Dances in the American Film Musical, European Association of Dance Historians Annual Conference, October 19, 2011, London, England.

“Engulfed in A Whirlwind” Diaghilev’s Dancers, Symposium “In the Spirit of Diaghilev” Boston University in conjunction with Boston Ballet, May 18, 2009 to celebrate the centenary of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (invited paper)

“Its All in Apollo: Balanchine and his Stable of Steps”, Symposium on the Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, April 21, 2009 (invited paper)

“Hidden Balanchine: Balanchine and Pretzeling” and “Swine Lake: American Satire of Russian Ballet and What it Tells Us”, Ohio State University, April 29, 2009 (invited papers)

“They have done everything”: Balanchine and Folk Dance, Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference: June 12-14, 2008, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (co-author Marian Smith and Lisa Arkin)

“He is Like Bach: Astaire, Balanchine, and Ballet in the American Film Musical” a keynote address at the first scholarly conference on Fred Astaire Conference at Oriel College, Oxford, England, June, 21-24, 2008 (The conference was written up in the Times Literary Supplement in August, 2008, and my presentation was mentioned. (invited paper)

“‘Swine Lake’ and Ballet at the Movies” American Satire of Russian Ballet and What it Tells Us, University of Otago, New Zealand, March, 2007. Also, Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference, Banff, Canada, June 2006

“Collaborating in the Melting Pot: Balanchine, Duke and Gershwin” (co-author   Christian Matjias), Sound Moves Conference, University of Surrey, Roehampton, England, November 2005.

“Dance Me a Song: Music and Moving Image in the American Film Musical”, presented at “Sound and Vision” Conference, University of Michigan, April 9, 2005 (invited paper)

“From Broadway to Hollywood: Balanchine, Jazz and the Movies”, presented at the “Balanchine Past, Present and Future Symposium”, The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (co-sponsored by the Mariinsky Theatre, The Hermitage Museum, The George Balanchine Foundation, June 2–5 2004) invited paper

“Glorifying the American Woman: Josephine Baker, George Balanchine and American Racism”, Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference, Limerick, Ireland, June 21, 2003, and at the conference “From the Maryinsky to Manhattan: George Balanchine and the Transformation of American Dance” University of Michigan, October 30, 2004

“A World of Her Own: Josephine Baker, George Balanchine and The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936”, University of Oregon, March 10, 2003 (invited paper)

“Balanchine in Hollywood: joint convention of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association, New Orleans, April 2003

“The Film Musicals of Vincente Minnelli. University of Oregon, March 11, 2003 (invited paper)

“Balanchine in Hollywood”, University of Oregon, March 12, 2003 (invited paper)

“Dancing in the Street: From Fred Astaire to Michael Jackson”, University of Oregon, March 13, 2003 (invited paper)

“The Bolshoi’s Swan Lake: Then and Now”, Detroit Opera House, November 21, 2002 (invited paper)

“Dancing in the Street from Fred Astaire to Michael Jackson”, Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference, Temple University, June 21, 2002.

“Balanchine’s Contributions to Dance in American Film”, part of a panel “Popular Balanchine”, Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference, June 24, 2001, Goucher College

“Shaping Dance History: How films and videos shape dance history, its teaching, and its future audiences”, conference, European Association of Dance Historians, London, November 4, 2000

“Freedom Incarnate: The Dancing Sailor as American Icon During World War II”, Joint Conference: Dancing in the Millennium: Society of Dance History Scholars, American Dance Guild, Congress on Research on Dance, Washington DC, July 18, 2000

“‘An Absolute Devil but Very Talented’: Margot Fonteyn and Ninette de Valois”, Conference “The Fonteyn Phenomenon”, Royal Academy of Dancing, London, September 26, 1999 (invited paper)

“Freedom Incarnate: The Dancing Sailor as American Icon During World War II”, invited paper, DeMonfort University, Leicester, England, May 26, 1999 (invited paper)

“Dancing in the Frame: Courtship and Camerawork in the American Film Musical”, invited presentation, Roehampton Institute, London, Department of Dance Studies, March, 1999

“Music and Dance in a Segment of Kelly and Donen’s Singin in the Rain”, invited presentation, Conference on Music and Dance, Roehampton Institute, London, Nov. 7, 1998 (invited paper)

“Who Owns Dance?” public lecture given as part of the series “Textual Property and the Common Good”, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, April 6, 1998

“Ninette de Valois and the early Royal Ballet Repertory”, presented at the British Society for Dance Research Day on the birth of the Royal Ballet, Royal Festival Hall, London, July 31, 1997 (invited paper) (invited paper)

“Women in Dance History, Dance History in the Academy”, presented as part of the panel “Women in the Arts, Arts in the Academy”, sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, Jan. 14, 1997 (invited paper)

“My Dearest Friend, My Greatest Collaborator: Frederick Ashton and Sophie Fedorovitch and Symphonic Variations”, presented at a conference held in honor of Sir Frederick Ashton, Roehampton Institute, London, November 11–13, 1994 (invited paper)

“ The Image of Woman in Martha Graham’s Errand into the Maze”, with Abigail Stewart, Professor of Psychology and Director of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Martha Graham Symposium, University of Michigan, October 27–30, 1994 (invited paper)

“Nijinsky Dances: Modern Art and Modern Dance and the Creation of Afternoon of a Faun”, public lecture given in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Nijinsky Dances at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, January 15, 1994

“A New Look at Picasso’s Relationship with Olga Koklova and the Ballets Russes”, presented at the Midwestern Art History Society Conference, University of Missouri, March, 1989

“The Influence of British Art on the Ballets of Dame Ninette de Valois”, presented 31 May 1988 at a special meeting of the British Society for Dance Research held in honor of Dame Ninette’s 90th Birthday at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, U.K. (invited paper)

“Painter and Set Designer Sophie Fedorovitch and her Work with the Choreographer Frederick Ashton”, J.P.Getty Fellowship Lecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 1988

“Berthe Morisot and the Women Impressionists”, March 1987, Art Institute of Chicago

“An Investigation into the Relationship Between Berthe and Edma Morisot: A Talent Fulfilled and a Talent Denied”, presented February, 1987 at the session “Sisters: A Complex Destiny”, National Women’s Caucus for Art, Boston, February, 1987 (invited paper)

“The Creation of London’s Museum of the Moving Image: Solving the Problems of the Display of the New Media of Film, Video and Television”, presented at the Midwest Art History Society Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March, 1987

“The Synthesis of the Arts: Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes”, October 1986, Art Institute of Chicago

“P.J.S. Richardson and the Birth of British Ballet”, presented at the Society of Dance History Scholars Conference, February, 1982, Harvard University

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