Ann Dils

Professor and Chair, Department of Dance
Robinson 361

Ann Dils, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is a dance historian with strong interests in movement analysis, feminist theory and research methods, and cultural studies.  Her recent essays appear in the edited collection Investigating Dance on its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies (Bales and Eliot, eds.) and the Oxford Handbook of Theatre and Dance (George, ed.).  Dils co-directs Accelerated Motion: Towards a New Dance Literacy, a National Endowment for the Arts-funded digital collection of materials about dance (, and anticipates a new e-edition of 2001 Moving History/ Dancing Cultures: A Dance History Reader, co-edited with Ann Cooper Albright

Dils has taught in the Department of Dance and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.  She served as Director of WGS at UNCG from 2010-2013.  Dils received the Dixie Durr Award for Outstanding Service to Dance Research from the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) in 2010 and has been editor of Dance Research Journal and president of the Congress on Research in Dance.  A former dancer and choreographer, Dils received a PhD from the Department of Performance Studies, New York University, and an MA in Dance from The Ohio State University.