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Wendy Perron
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Wendy Perron

Wendy Perron is a dancer/choreographer turned writer/educator/historian. A member of the Trisha Brown Company in the 1970s, she choreographed 40+ works for her own group. She has taught at Bennington, Princeton, and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has lectured internationally. In addition to Dance Magazine, where she was Editor in Chief from 2004 to 2013, she has written for the New York Times, the Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, and journals in Europe and China. In the early 1990s, she was Associate Director of Jacob’s Pillow. In 2011, she was the first dance artist to be inducted into NY Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame. Wesleyan University Press has published both her books: Through the Eyes of a Dancer: Selected Writings (2013) and The Grand Union: Accidental Anarchists of Downtown Dance, 1970-1976 (2020). Last summer, Dance Index devoted its pages to Perron’s essay on dance in the Harlem Renaissance. Wendy teaches dance history at Juilliard and occasionally performs with Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks.


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