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Paul Scolieri

Co-Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Dance

Professor Scolieri’s research interests include global dance studies (especially Latin American and Caribbean dance); U.S modern dance history; movement theory and analysis; and performance studies.

He is the author of Dancing the New World: Aztecs, Spaniards, and the Choreography of Conquest (2013), the inaugural book in the University of Texas Press’s Latin American & Caribbean Performance Series sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is currently writing a critical biography of the “Father of American Dance” entitled Ted Shawn and the Invention of American Dance (under contract with Oxford University Press).

In addition to his appointment in Dance, Professor Scolieri is affiliated with Barnard’s Center for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS) and the Department of Africana Studies, for which he served as Acting Director in 2007­–08. He advises students across the University in research related to performance, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Music, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Dance for Columbia College.

At Barnard, Professor Scolieri has interviewed prominent artists, academics, and activists, including dance legend Katherine Dunham (2004), choreographers Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Nora Chipaumire (2011), National Endowment for the Arts Director of Dance Douglas Sonntag (2011), and poet Ntozake Shange with dance icon Dianne McIntyre (2013).

Within the field of dance studies, he has served as a board member of three scholarly organizations: the Society of Dance History Scholars (2010-13), the World Dance Alliance—Americas (2005-08), and the Congress on Research in Dance (2004-08). In 2013, he served on the Dance Art Works panel for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Professor Scolieri earned his A.B. (Dance & English) at Columbia College, Columbia University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He also earned his Certification in Movement Analysis (C.M.A.) from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.

Professor Scolieri joined the Barnard faculty in 2000.

 

 

Academic Focus: 

Global dance studies
Latin American and Caribbean performance
U.S. performance history
Movement theory and analysis
Performance Studies

Courses: 

Lecture Courses

DNCE 2565:   World Dance History

DNCE 2562:   Movement Analysis

DNCE 2570:   Dance in New York City

DNCE 3570:   Latin American and Caribbean Dance

DNCE 3580:   History of Social Dancing: Dance Crazes from the Waltz to Flash Mobs

Seminars

DNCE 3591:   Senior Seminar in Dance

DNCE 3981:   Inventing American Modern Dance: Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn

DNCE 3980:   Performing the Political

Awards & Honors: 

Fellowships

Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, American Council for Learned Societies, 2014-15

Joan Nordell Fellowship, Houghton Library, Harvard University, 2011-12

Peggy Rockefeller Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, 2008-09

Research Fellowship, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, 2007, 2012

Professional Affiliations: 

Barnard College

Department of Africana Studies

Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies

Columbia University

Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference

Motor Learning & Control Program, Biobehavioral Sciences Department, Teachers College

Studies in Dance (University Seminar)

Scholarly Organizations

Society of Dance History Scholars

Latin American Studies Association

Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies

Presentations / Recent Lectures: 

Keynote
“Dance and the Historiography of the Americas.” 19th Annual Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Conference, Binghamton University; April 18, 2009.

Plenary
"Dance in Art & Science: A Conversation between David Glowacki, Paul Scolieri, and Chisa Hidaka." Sponsored by CUriosity3, Columbia University School of the Arts, and the Columbia Office of Government and Community Affairs; January 15, 2014.

From Aztecs to Tango: New Dimensions in Latin American Dance Research” with Carolyn Merritt (Bryn Mawr). Smith College, Northampton, MA; April 15, 2013.

“On Aging and a Special Performance by Peggy Shaw.” Roundtable Participant. Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics. New York University; October 25, 2012.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Conversations: Movements.” Participant, Center for Critical Analysis of Social Difference, Columbia University, New York; September 21, 2011.

“Dancing in the ‘Age of Discovery’: The Dance Writings of Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and the Early American Explorers.” Society of Dance History Scholars Conference, Stanford University, California; June 20, 2009.

Interviews
"Captured Motion: The Art & Science of Human Movement Research with Professor Chris Bregler." Moderator, Barnard College; September 16, 2013.

“Performing Shange: A Discussion with Ntozake Shange (2013 Distinguished Africana Alumna Honoree) and Dianne McIntyre.” Moderator, Barnard College; February 14, 2013.

“Rediscovering Ted Shawn.” Interviewee, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; August 10, 2012.

“Into Sunlight: An Interview with Choreographer Robin Becker and Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist David Maranis.” Interviewer, Holy Trinity High School Theater, New York; March 18, 2012.

 “On Dance: Visible, An Interview with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Nora Chipaumire.” Interviewer, Barnard College, New York; September 25, 2011.

On Dance: Dance and the National Endowment for the Arts, A Discussion with NEA Dance Director Douglas Sonntag.” Interviewer, Barnard College, New York; April 19, 2011.

“On Dance: An Evening with Katherine Dunham.” Interviewer, Barnard College, New York; March 29, 2004.

Sabbatical: 

Prof. Scolieri will be on leave in 2014-15.

Publications: 

Book

Dancing the New World: Aztecs, Spaniards, and the Choreography of Conquest. University of Texas Press, 2013.

Recent Articles

“‘An Interesting Experiment in Eugenics’: Ted Shawn, American Dance, and the Discourses of Sex, Race, and Ethnicity.” Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity, Ed. Tony V. Shay. Oxford University Press, October 2013. 

Rhythms of Resurrection: The Comebacks of Ruth St. Denis.” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory (2012) 22, 1: 89-107.

Edited Journal

"Choreographies of Migration: New Orientations for Dance and Migration Studies," Ed. Paul Scolieri. Dance Research Journal 40:2 (2008).

Reference Entries

“Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson” in The Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, Eds. Cary Wintz and Paul Finkelman. New York: Routledge, 2005: 1067-1070.

“Ida Forsyne” in The Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, Eds. Cary Wintz and Paul Finkelman. New York: Routledge, 2005: 403.

“Ted Shawn” Online Exhibition Catalogue Essay for America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: The First 100 Online Exhibit.
Dance Heritage Coalition.

Department: 
Education: 

A.B., Columbia University

M.A., Ph.D., New York University