Lynn Garafola

Professor Emerita of Dance


American Studies, Dance


Lynn Garafola, Professor of Dance, joined the Barnard faculty in 2000. She is a dance historian and critic, the author of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance, and a regular contributor of articles and essays to both scholarly and general interest publications. She is the former editor of the book series "Studies in Dance History" and the founder of the Columbia University seminar Studies in Dance.

Professor Garafola served as guest curator of the exhibition "Dance for a City: Fifty Years of the New York City Ballet" at the New-York Historical Society. Her other exhibitions have included "500 Years of Italian Dance: Treasures from the Cia Fornaroli Collection" (with Patrizia Veroli), "New York Story: Jerome Robbins and his World," and "Diaghilev's Theater of Marvels:  The Ballets Russes and Its Aftermath," all at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Currently, Professor Garafola is serving on the International Advisory Board of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism and working on a book about the choreographer Bronislava Nijinska.

Professor Garafola is a former Getty Scholar and the recipient of fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and National Endowment for the Humanties. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • A.B., Barnard College
  • M.Phil., Ph.D., City University of New York

  • Dance history
  • Criticism
  • Research

  • Senior Seminar in Dance
  • Western Theatricla Dance from the Renaissance to the 1960s
  • Inventing the Contemporary: Dance Since the 1960s
  • Traditions of African-American Dance
  • Balanachine and the Reinvention of Modern Ballet
  • Gender and Historical Memory in American Modern Dance
  • Music and Dance from Romanticism to Mark Morris
  • Performing the Political: Russian Ballet

  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005)
  • Kurt Weill Award, for The Ballets Russes and Its World (2001)
  • Independent Publishers Book Award, for Dance for a City:  Fifty Years of the New York City Ballet (2000)
  • CORD Award for Outstanding Scholarly Dance Publication, for Jose Limon:  An Unfinished Memoir (1999)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1993-94)
  • Scholar in residence, Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities (1991-92)
  • De la Torre Bueno Prize, for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (1990)
  • Social Science Research Council Fellowship (1978-79)
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Ecuador (1968-69)

  • Social of Dance History Scholars
  • Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)
  • Dance Critics Association

Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance (Wesleyan University Press, 2005)

Dance for a City: Fifty Years of the New York City Ballet, editor (with E. Foner) (Columbia University Press, 1999)

José Limón: An Unfinished Memoir, editor (Wesleyan University Press/University Press of New England, 1999)

The Ballets Russes and Its World, editor (Yale University Press, 1999)

Rethinking the Sylph: New Perspectives on the Romantic Ballet, editor (Wesleyan University Press/University Press of New England, 1997)

"Of, By, and For the People: Dancing on the Left in the 1930s," editor, Studies in Dance History 5(1) (Spring 1994)

"The Diaries of Marius Petipa," editor and translator, Studies in Dance History 3(1) (Spring 1992)

André Levinson on Dance: Writings from Paris in the Twenties, editor, with J. Acocella (Wesleyan University Press, 1991)

Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (Oxford University Press, 1989)


"An Amazon of the Avant-Garde:  Bronislava Nijinska in Revolutionary Russia."  Dance Research, 29, no. 2 (2011).

"Crafted by Many Hands:  Re-Reading Bronislava Nijinska's Early Memoirs."  Dance Research, 29, no. 1 (2011).

"Abstraction and the Dance:  Bronislava Nijinska's Les Noces."  In Arturo Herrera:  Les Noces (The Wedding).  New York:  Americas Society, 2011.

"'Astonish Me!'  Diaghilev, Massine, and the Experimentalist Tradition."  In Ballets Russes in Australia and Beyond.  Ed. Mark Carroll.  Adelaide, Australia:  Wakefield Press, 2011.

"Leonide Massine's Pulcinella:  In Quest of an Alternative Classicism."  In Pulcinella:  A Critical Edition.  Ed. Maureen Carr.  Madison:  AR Editions, 2010.

"Making Dances:  Process and Practice in Diaghilev's Ballets Russes."  In Denkfiguren:  Performatives Zwischen Bewegen, Schreiben und Erfinden.  Munich:  Epodium, 2010.

"Workshop of the Muses:  Diaghilev and Monte Carlo."  In A Feast of Wonders:  Sergei Diaghilev and the Balelts Russes.  Ed. John Bowlt.  Milan:  Skira, 2009.

"A Company Man."  Review of Martin Duberman's The Wrolds of Lincoln Kirstein.  The Nation, 9 July 2007.

"Russian Ballet in the Age of Petipa."  In Cambridge Companion to Ballet.  Ed. Marion Kant.  New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2007.

For additional articles see Lynn Garafola's page on the Columbia University Academic Commons: