(b Los Angeles, 8 Feb. 1934)
US dancer, choreographer, teacher, and dance writer. She studied with Graham, Limón, and at the American Ballet Center making her stage debut in 1953 and presenting her own choreography from 1962. During the 1960s she both performed and choreographed with New York's Dance Theater Workshop. In 1967 she began to write a regular dance column for The Village Voice, becoming chief dance critic for the magazine until 2008. Her articles on dance have appeared in numerous publications and have been collected in Dance Beat (1977) and The Dance in Mind (1985). She has also published Time and the Dancing Image, (1988), Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theater, His Dance (2004), and edited Meredith Monk (1997). A founding member of the Dance Critics' Association, she served at various times as its treasurer, newsletter editor, and co-chairman. In addition to lecturing and conducting workshops both in the US and abroad, she teaches and choreographs in the Dance Department of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.