SCDT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dance writer and movement researcher Melinda Buckwalter is the author of Composing While Dancing: An Improviser’s Companion (University of Wisconsin Press), which explores the improvisational strategies of twenty-six pioneering contemporary dance artists. She is co-editor of Contact Quarterly, an artist-made and reader-supported nonprofit journal of dance and improvisation. A co-curator of the SEEDS festival of arts and ecology at Earthdance in Western Massachusetts and Land Art Retreat at Noyes School of Rhythm in Portland, CT, Melinda researches and writes about contemporary place- and land-based dance making. Most recently, her chapter “Dancing the Land: An Emerging Geopoetics” regarding land-based choreographic practice was published in Oxford University Press’s Handbook of Improvisation in Dance. As a Fulbright award postgrad, Melinda received an MA in dance anthropology at the University of Roehampton, London, studying with dance anthropologists Andrée Grau and Theresa Buckland. Currently she is a PhD in dance candidate at the Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, investigating how dance creates relationship to the environment. She is also the proud mother of the dance cartoon strip Mavis and Bunhead, which you can find at melindabuckwalter.wordpress.com along with her points of view on all things dancing.