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Waltzing Through Europe

Egil Bakka
Theresa Jill Buckland
Helena Saarikoski
et al.

Contributor Biographies

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1 Egil Bakka is Professor Emeritus of Dance Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and former Director of the Norwegian Centre for Traditional Music and Dance. He built a full teaching program in Ethnochoreology at NTNU, and, in collaboration with six other universities, he developed two international Masters programs — NoMAds (Nordic Master in Dance Studies) and Choreomundus (International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage) – which he coordinated. His latest publications include ‘Theorizing and De-Theorizing Dance’ (2018) and ‘Museums, Dance, and the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage: “Events of Practice” – A New Strategy for Museums?’ (with Tone Erlien, 2017).

2 Theresa Jill Buckland is Professor of Dance History and Ethnography, Department of Dance, University of Roehampton, London. Her edited books include Dancing from Past to Present (2006) and Folklore Revival Movements in Europe post 1950 (with Daniela Stavělová, 2018). She is also the author of Society Dancing: Fashionable Bodies in England 1870–1920 (2011).

3 László Felföldi is a Professor of the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Szeged, Hungary. He is the former head of the Department of Folk Dance in the Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Co-Founder of Choreomundus.

4 Dorota Gremlicová is Professor of Dance Studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. She is a dance historian, choreologist, pedagogue, and dance critic specialising in theatrical dance. Her books include Stopy Tance: Taneční Prameny a Jejich Interpretace [Traces of Dance: Dance Sources and their Interpretation] (2007) and Tanec a společnost [Dance and Society] (2009).

5Sille Kapper is Associate Professor of Folk Culture (Folk Dance) at the Baltic Film, Media, Art and Communication School, Tallinn University, Estonia. She has been a practising dance teacher since 1986, and since 2014 the Artistic Director of the Estonian Folklore Ensemble Leigarid. In 2013 she completed her PhD at the Estonian Institute of Humanities with a dissertation on ‘Changing Traditional Folk Dance: Concepts and Realizations in Estonia 2008–2013’. Her research focuses on past and present traditional dances, and on the folk dance movement, including its recreational dimension and Estonia’s standard stage folk dance. She is actively involved in the Estonian Song and Dance Celebrations; is a board member of CIOFF-Estonia; a folk dance mentor at the Estonian Folk Dance and Folk Music Association; and a council member of the Union of Estonian Dance Education and Dance Artists.

6 Ivana Katarinčić has worked at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb, Croatia, since 2005. Her articles have been published in scientific and professional journals and books. Her scholarly work has been promoted through active participation at international conferences in Croatia and abroad. Ivana is a member of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) as well as the Croatian National Committee of the ICTM. She is an Editor of the journal Narodna umjetnost: Croatian Journal of Ethnology and Folklore Research.

7 Rebeka Kunej is Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Ethnomusicology. She is the author of Štajeriš: podoba in kontekst slovenskega ljudskega plesa [The Štajeriš: The Form and Context of a Slovenian Folk Dance] (2012) and the co-author of Music from Both Sides (2017).

8 Iva Niemčić is Research Associate and Director (2019–2023) of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research (IEF) in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2007, she obtained her PhD from the University of Zagreb with a dissertation on Dance and Gender. Niemčić is the author of Lastovski poklad. Plesno-etnološka studija [Lastovo Carnival. Dance Ethnology Study] (2011).

9 Mats Nilsson is Associate Professor in Ethnology at the Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His main research field centers on dance and the discourse about dance through time and space. He teaches fieldwork methodologies and ethnological perspectives at all levels of university education. Mats is also a dance teacher specialising in folk and old-time dances. As a member of folk dance groups he has toured in Europe, Peru, Malaysia, and Japan.

10 Helena Saarikoski is Adjunct Professor of Folklore and Women’s Studies, University of Helsinki. She is a Helsinki-based folklorist, specialising in youth and women studies and ethnographic studies of popular culture.

11 Daniela Stavělová is Director of Research in Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology at the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and Associate Professor in Dance Studies of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. Her research focuses on ethnochoreology, dance anthropology, historical records of the traditional dance, nationalism and revival.

12 Jörgen Torp received his PhD in Systematic Musicology from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 2007. He is author of Alte atlantische Tangos: Rhythmische Figurationen im Wandel der Zeiten und Kulturen [Old Atlantic Tangos: Rhythmic Figures through Different Ages and Cultures] (2007), a book focusing on aspects of various forms of tangos on both sides of the southern Atlantic around and before 1900. Jörgen’s research interests include studies in music and dance. For more than thirty years he has been a member of the ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music) and, for more than twenty-five years, a member of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology.

13 Anne von Bibra Wharton teaches ballroom and world dance traditions in the Dance Department at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She has served as Secretary of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreolgy and as an editor for multiple study group proceedings. Among her research interests are continuity and change in social dance forms in the Franconian region of Germany, which include many round dances.

14 Tvrtko Zebec is a Senior Researcher and, since 2019, Deputy Director at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb, which he headed from 2011–2015. Zebec is also Honorary Professor and Visiting Scholar at Choreomundus, Chair of the Publication Committee and member of the Board of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology, and Artistic Director of the Zagreb Folklore Festival.


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