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Shelley Berg


Shelley C. Berg is a Professor in the Dance Division at Southern Methodist University. Trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and at The Place with Jane Dudley and Matt Mattox, Berg danced with the Slovene National Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She received her doctorate in performance studies from New York University, and has taught at NYU, SUNY-Purchase, City College of New York and the American Dance Festival. Dr. Berg, a past president of the Society of Dance History Scholars, is the author of Le Sacre du printemps: Seven Productions from Nijinsky to Martha Graham. Her articles have been published in Dance Research Journal, Dance Research (UK) and Dance Chronicle. A recipient of several Dance USA and National Endowment for the Arts grants for historical reconstructions, Berg received a Senior Ford Research Fellowship from SMU in 2006.


Ph.D. in Performance Studies, New York University
M.A. in Performing Arts, American University


Dance history; dance directing and coaching; restaging and reconstruction

Professional Experience

Guest faculty at New York University; SUNY Purchase; City College of New York; American University; University of Maryland; School of the Hartford Ballet; American Dance Festival; Texas Ballet Theatre School; Texas Woman’s University; and Texas Christian University.


Ballet, Pointe, Dance History, Teaching Methodologies, Research Methodologies, Criticism and Aesthetics


Le Sacre du printemps: Seven Productions from Nijinsky to Martha Graham (UMI Research Press); “The Sense of the Past” in Researching Dance: Evolving Modes of Inquiry (Univ. Of Pittsburgh Press); articles in Dance Research Journal; Dance Research (UK); Dance Chronicle; The Chronicle of Higher Education; Washington DanceView


President: Society of Dance History Scholars (2001-2004)
Five NEA/Dance USA/NIPAD grants for reconstruction
Senior Ford Research Fellowship, Southern Methodist University

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Undergraduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)



Faculty and Staff

Opportunities for Non-Dance Majors

Student Internships & Collaborations


Visiting Artists

Film and Media Arts