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DanceView Times started (as DanceViewWest) in July 2003. In October 2003, we expanded coverage to include dance performances in New York and Washington, D.C. as well as San Francisco, and became DanceView Times. This is a writer's site. As we stated in our first issue's editorial, we can't claim to offer comprehensive coverage of dance in each of these cities.  All of our writers write for other publications, and our coverage is dependent on their availability.

Please do NOT send press releases addressed to individual writers to the DanceView address; we will not be able to forward them. At the present time, we cannot read unsolicited manuscripts.— Alexandra Tomalonis, Editor

Current Writers

Dale Brauner studied French Horn at the Manhattan School of Music and received a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. A former classical musician, now a sports writer, she currently writes for ESPN. She is a regular contributor to DanceView and Stitch.

Mary Cargill writes frequently for Ballet Review, Dance Magazine and DanceView. She is Treasurer of the Dance Critics Association, and was co-chair of DCA's 2002 convention, centered on the works of Ashton and American Ballet Theatre's production of La Fille Mal Gardee.

Nancy Dalva is the Senior Writer for 2wice Magazine, and has contributed to The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, DanceView, Dance Magazine, the International Encyclopedia of Dance, and Merce Cunningham: Dancing in Space and Time (Richard Kostelantz, ed.), among other publications. She is the author of Dance Ink: Photographs, and Merce Cunningham: Dance Ink Monograph No. 1.

Rita Felciano has been the Dance Critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian since 1988 and Bay Area correspondent for DanceView and Dance Magazine. Her reviews, features and essays have been published by the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Ballet Review, Dance Now and Dance International.  She received the Voice of Dance Dance Critic of Merit Award in 2004.

Marc Haegeman is a dance writer and photographer based in Belgium. He is European correspondent for DanceView and writes the Russian Profile in Dance International (Vancouver). His reviews, features, photographs and interviews have also been published in Ballet2000, Dance Now, Brolga, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Dance View, Dance International, and Dance Magazine. He is a contributor to the Small Ballet Encyclopedia. Website: Ballet Lovers Only

George Jackson has written on dance for general publications (Washington Star, Washington Post, Times of London) and specialized magazines (including Dance Magazine, Ballet Review, DanceView, Dancing Times, ballettanz). He has spoken about dance on radio, television and at arts centers in North America, Europe and Asia. As a child he studied figure skating and, later, ballet.

Eva Kistrup was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and has a Master's Degree in literature and communication from the University of Copenhagen. She has reviewed ballet for Weekend-Avisen and written articles for various magazines. When not attending ballet, she is busy as a partner/owner of the integrated communications consultancy, Discus Communications, which specialises in the high tech industry.

Sali Ann Kriegsman has served as artistic adviser to the Digital Dance Library project, president of the Dance Heritage Coalition, executive director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, director of the Dance Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, dance consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, and executive editor at The American Film Institute. Her book, Modern Dance in America: The Bennington Years, is a standard reference and her articles, criticism and essays have been published in a variety of periodicals.

Alexander Meinertz has written about dance for the Danish newspapers Politiken and Det Fri Aktuelt as well as for DanceView. He has produced ballet and modern dance (including the 2002 Danses Concertantes in London), and is the author of a biography of Vera Volkova, "Vera Volkova, En dans af uskyld og erfaring," published in 2005. The English translation, "Vera Volkova, A Dance of Innocence and Experience," will be published by Dance Books in 2006.

Gay Morris is a dance and art critic whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Dance Research, Art in America, and Body and Society. She is the editor of the anthology, Moving Words, Rewriting Dance (1996) and the forthcoming A Game for Dancers, Performing Modernism in the Postwar Years, 1945-1960, to be published by Wesleyan University Press in the spring of 2006.

Ann Murphy has been writing about the art since 1983, when she launched the monthly publication, In Dance, at the SF Bay Area Dance Coalition. She subsequently became the dance critic for the East Bay Express, the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Weekly, and has contributed to Dance Magazine, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. She studied with Dorothy Hill and Diana Byer at the Manhattan School of Dance in New York, and for ten years with former Cunningham dancer (and Margaret Craske protégé) Brynar Mehl in San Francisco.

Paul Parish is a former Rhodes Scholar. He lives in Berkeley, California, where he has written since 1988 for alternative weeklies, including the gay press. Currently he is dance critic for San Francisco. He was Bay Area correspondent for Ballet Review for a dozen years (and still contributes) and for World Ballet and Dance in London. He also writes for Ballet International/Tanz Aktuell in Berlin, and has written for Dance magazine, Limn magazine, and The New Yorker. He has taught criticism at U.C. (Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses).

John Percival is former dance critic for the London Times (1965-1994) and editor of Dance and Dancers. He is the author of several books, including "The Nureyev Image," "Nureyev: Aspects of a Dancer," and a biography of John Cranko, "Theatre in My Blood."

Tom Phillips is a veteran New York writer, a former editor of the CBS Evening News and former Columbia professor of journalism. In the 1960's and 70's, his articles on the arts appeared in The New York Times, the Village Voice, Rolling Stone etc. More recently he has been a contributor to Country Dance and Song, and other publications of the Country Dance and Song Society. Tom is a dance musician as well as a teacher and chronicler of English country and American contra dancing. He's also a long-time ballet student in New York.

Michael Popkin, a former Assistant Attorney General in the States of Maine and New York, lives in New York City where he is an art dealer. He has written for DanceView since 2005.

Naima Prevots has been a choreographer, performer, presenter, educator, administrator, and writer. She is Professor Emerita from American University, where she was Chair, Department of Performing Arts, and Director of Dance. She has published three books, several monographs and many articles, with an emphasis on twentieth century American dance and cultural history. She has received Fulbright and NEH fellowships, and has served as panelist on NEA, NEH, D.C. Commission on the Arts. She is currently a Senior Fulbright Specialist.

Susan Reiter has written about dance in New York since 1976 for the New York Times Arts & Leisure Section, Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, Dance Magazine and DanceView, among many others, and is currently the U.S. correspondent for Dance Australia. She also wrote the text for the 2002 publication "American Dance Festival: 25 Years in North Carolina at Duke University."

Lisa Rinehart danced with American Ballet Theater for ten years, and has appeared as a performer in television, video, film and off-Broadway. She is an alumni of New York University with a graduate degree in Cultural Communications and has written for Dance View Times, Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine.

Alexandra Tomalonis (Editor) is founder-editor of DanceView and writes regularly for the Washington Post and other publications. She is the author of Henning Kronstam; Portrait of a Danish Dancer and currently teaches ballet history and related subjects at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C.

Lisa Traiger has been a dance critic for a number of publications, including The Washington Post. Her writing has also appeared in Stagebill, the Sondheim Review, the Washington Jewish Week, the Washington Times, Moment magazine, Asian Week, the Boston Jewish Advocate, the Atlanta Jewish Times, Intermission and the Washington Review.

Leigh Witchel is the choreographer of more than 50 ballets and the founder/director of Dance as Ever. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for choreography in 2001. He is also a writer, and has been a frequent contributor of criticism and other articles to Ballet Review, DanceView and Dance Now. He also maintains a frequently updated blog on several subjects, including dance.

David Vaughan is the author of Frederick Ashton and his Ballets and of Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years.






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Mindy Aloff
Dale Brauner
Mary Cargill
Nancy Dalva
Rita Felciano
Marc Haegeman
George Jackson
Eva Kistrup
Sali Ann Kriegsman
Kate Mattingly
Alexander Meinertz
Gay Morris
Ann Murphy
Paul Parish
John Percival
Tom Phillips
Michael Popkin
Naima Prevots
Lisa Rinehart
Jane Simpson
Alexandra Tomalonis(Editor)
Lisa Traiger
Leigh Witchel
David Vaughan


The Autumn DanceView is out:

New York City Ballet's Spring 2003 season reviewed by Gia Kourlas

An interview with the Kirov Ballet's Daria Pavlenko by Marc Haegeman

Reviews of San Francisco Ballet (by Rita Felciano) and Paris Opera Ballet (by Carol Pardo)

The ballet tradition at the Metropolitan Opera (by Elaine Machleder)

Reports from London (Jane Simpson) and the Bay Area (Rita Felciano).

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