Professor of Dance Emeritus
Theater And Dance
202 Dudley Coe Building
June A. Vail (A.B., Connecticut, M.A.L.S., Wesleyan) offers courses in dance history, criticism and choreography. A former choreographer/performer, she has been dance critic for the weekly Maine Times since 1982 and for the Portland Phoenix since summer, 2000.
Her research focuses on dance as cultural performance and modes of writing about dance. She has contributed chapters to two recent books on dance: "Watching American Critics Watch World Dance" in Looking Out: Perspectives on Dance and Criticism in a Multicultural World (1995) and "Balkan Tradition, American Alternative" in Moving Words: Re-Writing Dance (1996). Her book Kulturella Koreografier [Cultural Choreographies], on the broad range of dance forms practiced in Sweden, was published (in Swedish) in 1998.