Wendy Perron, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer, had a 30-year career as a dancer/choreographer. She danced with the Trisha Brown Company in the 1970s and choreographed more than 40 works for her own group. She has taught dance composition at Bennington and Princeton, and has given master classes across the country. In the early 1990s she served as associate director of Jacob’s Pillow, where she directed an intensive in improvisation. As the longtime editor in chief of Dance Magazine, she penned hundreds of articles on a wide variety of subjects; she also initiated the online series “Choreography in Focus” and “What Wendy’s Watching.” In addition to Dance Magazine, her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Contact Quarterly, vanityfair.com, and journals in Europe and China. An authority on Judson Dance Theater and postmodern dance, Wendy has lectured across the country and in Russia and China. She has taught dance journalism at several dance centers and has co-curated exhibits on the intersection of dance and art. Currently she leads a graduate seminar at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a dance history course at Juilliard. She serves as editor at large for Dance Magazine, and writes for several publications as well as her own website, wendyperron.com. Her book on the Grand Union, an improvisation group with roots in Judson Dance Theater, will be published by Wesleyan University Press in 2020.
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