Gretchen Alterowitz, Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at UNC Charlotte, teaches ballet technique, dance history, and choreography. Her research focuses on the social and cultural impact of democratic approaches to choreography and pedagogy. Alterowitz’s recent articles appear in Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies (2015), Dance Chronicle (2014), and The Journal of Dance Education (2014).
Alterowitz choreographed the opera-ballet, Songs of the Fisherman, which had its American premiere at UNC Charlotte (2012) and its international premiere at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam (2013). Her piece, Holding Ground, was performed by the Atlanta Ballet in the company's emerging choreographer series, Wabi Sabi (2012 and 2014). Additionally, her choreography has been presented by the 11th Annual Women on the Way Festival (San Francisco, CA); the Emerging Choreographers Showcase (Monterey, CA); and the North Carolina Dance Alliance Choreographers Showcase (Durham, NC).
Alterowitz is also a member of AGA Collaborative, a trio of dance artist-scholars who collaborate to create experimental research and performance, with Alison Bory, Assistant Professor at Davidson College and Amanda Hamp, Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico. To date, AGA has co-choreographed five dances they perform, 3 works for students, and one interdisciplinary theater piece. They have performed their work at a variety of venues including Gibney Dance (New York, NY), The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), and several colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally. www.agacollaborative.org
Alterowitz received an MFA in Choreography from the Department of Dance at the University of Iowa.