Emily Winerock (co-chair), contact@winerock.com

Winerock's research focuses on the religious, political, social, and cultural context of dance in 16th- and 17th-century England and Europe. She is also interested in dance in the Renaissance theatre and is a co-founder of the Shakespeare and Dance Project.

Karen Silen (co-chair) 

Silen is a specialist in medieval dance practice, imagery and theory in Western Europe (Ancient Greece through 14th century) and their aesthetic, communicative, social and political uses. Her current project addresses the relationship of the image of the cosmic dance with dance practice and theory (Ancient Greece through Baroque era). She has published several articles on medieval dance and is currently completing an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.


Members and Early Dance Experts

Lynn Matluck Brooks, 

Brooks has researched and written about dance in Golden-Age Spain (Seville), baroque-age Friesland (Netherlands), and colonial-to-early U.S. (Philadelphia, primarily). She served as editor of Dance Research Journal and Dance Chronicle and currently continues her U.S. dance-history research into the antebellum period (first half of the nineteenth century). Lynn studied Renaissance dance with Ingrid Brainard and baroque dance with Tom Baird and Paige Whitley-Bauguess.

Kathryn Dickason, 

Dickason recently completed a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Stanford University, 2016) and is currently working on a book manuscript on medieval dance. Her interests include Western medieval Christianity circa twelfth through fifteenth centuries, medieval religious dance, Dante, medieval French literature, ritual, performance, and iconography.

Sam Dorfsdorf1@udayton.edu

Dorf is a musicologist who has just completed a book with Oxford University Press on collaborations between scholars and practitioners of Ancient Greek music and dance in Paris and Delphi (1890s-1930s). His interests include Ancient Greek dance, Isadora Duncan, reconstruction and reimagination of Ancient Greek dance, and early 20th-century reception of Ancient Greek dance (Duncan, Ballets Russes, etc.). 


Elizabeth Claire,

Claire (PhD NYU Performance Studies) is Associate Professor of History at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, Centre de recherches historiques) and co-founder of the Atelier d'histoire culturelle de la danse (Cultural History of Dance Workgroup) at the EHESS (Graduate School for Social Sciences) in Paris. In addition to publications and collective projects on the cultural history of dance and gender (EDPS Danse et moraleCLIO-FGH DanserLes Corps Dés Orientals), her research focuses on the long 18th century and the relationship between social dance practices and the theorization of the imagination by philosophers of dance and medicine. 


Fabbricatore's research focuses on dance, literature, and cultural studies in the 18th century. She is particularly interested in the relationships between art forms (dance, literature, music, theater), in intercultural relationships (France, Italy, Germany), the history of tastes, and hermeneutics’ approaches. 

K. Meira

Goldberg specializes in using flamenco dance as an archive with which to approach early modern Spanish dance. She co-authored “Changing Places: Toward the Reconstruction of an Eighteenth-Century Fandango.” Her forthcoming book, Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco (OUP, 2018), looks at the villano as dancing out ideas about race seen as Catholic dogma. She is currently researching jácara gesture, using flamenco as a reference.


Shaw is a dance scholar and practitioner currently researching 20th century and contemporary rend(er)ings of Romeo and Juliet. He is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance (2019). His current interests include early modern English dance and body culture; early modern European dance texts; European and American reception of African dances; Black American slave culture; and dance and performance practices of Ancient Greek theatre.

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We can also help you find specialists for theater, opera, and music organizations that are mounting works calling for early dance reconstructions or original creations based on historical dance styles. To find an expert in an area not listed here, please email Emily Winerock at