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Rebecca Chaleff

Dance Faculty


Rebecca Chaleff is a dance scholar, performer, and dramaturg. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and was a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside. Rebecca’s research merges critical theory with practice to highlight the unseen, and often undervalued, elements of dance performance. Her current book project analyzes how dances are passed from body to body and corpus to corpus to survive the deaths of individual choreographers. In particular, the manuscript engages with the affective attachments of queer and racialized histories to question how choreographic claims to artistic afterlives reinforce the sociocultural hierarchies that privilege whiteness and homonationalism.

Rebecca’s writing has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including Dance Research Journal and TDR/The Drama Review, and is forthcoming in The Futures of Dance Studies anthology. As a dancer, she has had the pleasure of performing with GERALDCASELDANCE, Pat Catterson, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Repertory Understudy Group, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Molissa Fenley and Company, and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, among others. She is currently dramaturging a new work in collaboration with Gerald Casel.


Ph.D., Stanford University


Research areas

dance performance, practice-based research, queer theory, and critical race studies


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