Constance Valis Hill

Author, 'Tap Dancing America, A Cultural History'

Constance Valis Hill’s writings have appeared in such publications as Dance Magazine, Village Voice, Dance Research Journal, Studies in Dance History, Discourses in Dance, Attitude, and in such edited anthologies as Moving Words: Re-Writing Dance; Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African-American Dance; Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader; Taken By Surprise: A Dance Improvisation Reader, and Kaiso! Writings By and About Katherine Dunham. Her publications include Brotherhood in Rhythm: The Jazz Tap Dancing of the Nicholas Brothers (2000), which received the Deems Taylor ASCAP Award; Tap Dancing America, A Cultural History (2010), which received the de la Torre Bueno Prize for dance scholarship and was supported by the John D. Rockefeller and John Simon Guggenheim foundations; and Tap Dance in America: A Twentieth-Century Chronology of Tap Performance on Stage, Film, and Media, a 3500-record database published by the Library of Congress (2016). She has taught at the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance, Conservatoire d’arts Dramatique in Paris, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a choreographer, director, and mask specialist, she has worked with the French playwright Eugene Ionesco, Czech scenographer Josef Svoboda, Romanian director Liviu Ciulei, and Toni Morrison on her play Dreaming Emmett, directed by Gilbert Moses. She has a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and is a Five College Professor of Dance at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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