The Skidmore Dance Department is proud to provide our students with a diverse faculty and staff of accomplished artists, designers, teachers and scholars. We represent a broad array of disciplines, aesthetics and experience that contribute to our goal of delivering a comprehensive dance education. Our common denominator is our commitment to helping each student reach their potential, regardless of their current level of expertise. In addition to our full-time faculty/staff and excellent part-time faculty/staff, students are exposed to an impressive roster of guest artists and choreographers from today’s dance world.



Welcome Ariel Osterweis

Ariel Osterweis is a Visiting Scholar/Artist in the Dance Department at Skidmore College. She was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Wayne State University from 2011-2014, and earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley and B.A. in Anthropology at Columbia University. At work on her first book, Body Impossible: Desmond Richardson and the Politics of Race, Gender, and Virtuosity in Contemporary Dance, Osterweis also researches Sub-Saharan African dance and the disavowal of virtuosity in mixed-race, feminist, and transgender performance. Publications appear in Dance Research Journal, Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory, e-misférica, Theatre Survey, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, and more. Osterweis danced with Complexions, Mia Michaels, and Heidi Latsky, choreographs, and is dramaturg for choreographer John Jasperse and performance artist Narcissister. She is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars and has been an invited speaker at UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, and Princeton University.