(b Washington, DC, 9 Oct. 1950)
US dance writer, critic, historian, and lecturer. Ph.D. from New York University (1980). She was a senior critic at Dance Magazine, dance editor at the Soho Weekly News, dance and performance art critic for Village Voice, and editor of Dance Research Journal. Currently Marian Hannah Winter Professor of Theatre and Dance Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where from 1992 to 1996 she was chair of the Dance Program. She has also taught at New York University, the School of Visual Arts, Florida State University, the State University of New York at Purchase, Wesleyan University, and Cornell University. One of America's leading writers on dance, her publications include Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance (1980; rev. 1987), Democracy's Body: Judson Dance Theater 1962–64 (1983, rev. 1993), Greenwich Village 1963: Avant-garde Performance and the Effervescent Body (1993), Writing Dancing in the Age of Postmodernism (1994), Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage (1998), Subversive Expectations: Performance Art and Paratheater in New York 1976–85 (1998), and Reinventing Dance in the 1960s (with Baryshnikov and Andrea Harris, 2003). She has co-edited several collections of dance writing and photography and also worked on dance films and videos.