About Wendy

Photo by Mary Wyatt

Photo by Mary Wyatt

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.

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 fabulous ballet luminaries: Peter Boal and Martine Van Hamel.

Teaching  My most satisfying teaching was at Bennington College, where, as a full-time instructor from 1978 to 84, I got to watch students grow over four years. 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, NYU, Rutgers, and the Five College Dance Department. About 10 years ago I initiated a course in dance journalism at Dance Theater Workshop and will teach a similar course at Gina Gibney Dance Center, where I occasionally give a Trisha Brown class.

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. I’ve also been guest editor for Movement Research Performance Journal, and have lent my copy editing abilities to several authors.

Other  I’ve served on panels like the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as for funding organizations in Boston, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. I have also been adjudicator for American College Dance Festival 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 places 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.