I’ve been a dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer, editor, and always a dance addict.
Dancing I performed with dozens of independent choreographers in NYC and was a member of the Trisha Brown Company in the 1970s. I sort of retired as a performer in 1997, but in the last decade I’ve danced with Christopher Williams, Juliette Mapp, and most recently Vicky Shick. I am now part of a small improvisation group led by Stephanie Skura.
Choreographing For 30 years I was always working on a new piece. My company, for which I made more than 40 works, performed at Lincoln Center Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, the Joyce, and in cities in the U.S. and in Europe. A few repertory companies performed my pieces, and I made solos for two ballet luminaries: Peter Boal and Martine Van Hamel.
Teaching Currently I teach a graduate seminar in contemporary dance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. From 1978 to 1984, I was a full-time instructor at Bennington College, where I taught technique, composition, improvisation, and an interdisciplinary course in performance criticism, plus tutorials upon request. I’ve also taught choreography, dance history, and contemporary dance issues at SUNY Purchase, Princeton, Rutgers, and the Five College Dance Department. I have given workshops in dance journalism at Dance Theater Workshop, Gina Gibney Dance Center, and in Mexico and Russia.
Writing Since the 1970s, I’ve contributed reviews and features to publications like the Village Voice, The New York Times, Ballet Review, and Dance Magazine where I post a weekly blog. I recently gathered some of my writings spanning 40 years into a book, Through the Eyes of a Dancer, published by Wesleyan University Press. See My Book.
Editing I happily served as editor in chief of Dance Magazine from 2004 to 2013, and am now editor at large. In that capacity I post a series called “What Wendy’s Watching” on dancemagazine.com. I’ve also been guest editor for Movement Research Performance Journal and have lent my copy editing abilities to several authors. Currently I am copy editor for Translucent Borders, a working group for the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study.
Other I’ve curated exhibits and performance programs, most recently Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955-72, a major exhibit and related events that originated at UC Santa Barbara and came to the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts in 2017. I’ve served on panels like the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as local funding organizations. I have also been adjudicator for American College Dance Association, Youth America Grand Prix, New York Live Arts, and Milwaukee Ballet. In the early ’90s I was associate director of Jacob’s Pillow and have also been artistic advisor to the Fall for Dance Festival. I’ve enjoyed moderating discussion panels at venues like New York City Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Steps on Broadway, and Peak Performances in Montclair, NJ. And I’ve been a choreographic mentor, both officially, via the Joyce’s choreography residency program, and unofficially.