Gretchen Alterowitz is a scholar, choreographer, performer, and educator. Her research interests lie in the social and cultural impact of democratic and non-hierarchical approaches to choreography and dance pedagogy. Alterowitz’s articles appear in Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies, Dance Chronicle, and The Journal of Dance Education.
Alterowitz choreographed the opera-ballet, Songs of the Fisherman, which had its American premiere at UNC Charlotte and its international premiere at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam. Her piece, Holding Ground, was performed by the Atlanta Ballet in the Wabi Sabi series. 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 on performance and writing projects, with Alison Bory, Associate 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, four 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), Spoke the Hub (Brooklyn, NY), and several colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally. www.agacollaborative.org
Alterowitz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at UNC Charlotte where she teaches ballet technique, dance history, and choreography. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa.