Dr. 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. She is currently working on a collection of essays about vernacular dance in New York City in the mid 1930s. Dils co-directed Accelerated Motion: Towards a New Dance Literacy, a National Endowment for the Arts-funded digital collection of materials about dance, and co-edited 2001 Moving History/ Dancing Cultures: A Dance History Reader.
Dils served as Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) from 2010-2013 and has taught in the Department of Dance at UNCG and at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Dils has had a long-standing involvement with the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), including serving as editor of Dance Research Journal, president of CORD’s board of directors, and recipient of the Dixie Durr Award for Outstanding Service to Dance Research. 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.