Brenda Dixon Gottschild is Professor Emerita of dance studies at Temple University and a senior consultant and writer for Dance Magazine. In the 1990s and 2000s, she published three books that she describes as her “ongoing quest to bring to the fore the African American quotient in the American cultural equation.” They include Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts (Greenwood Press, 1996); Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2000), winner of the 2001 Congress on Research in Dance Award for Outstanding Scholarly Dance Publication; and The Black Dancing Body: A Geography from Coon to Cool (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2003), winner of the 2004 de la Torre Bueno Prize for scholarly excellence in dance publication. Her latest book, Joan Myers Brown & the Improbable Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of Performance (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), was completed with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Gottchild began her career as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer working in New York and London.
Dixon Gottschild has contributed two articles to The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s Document(s) series, a library of commentary on people and issues in the dance field:
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