Professor of Dance Lynn Garafola and Twyla Tharp '63 were recently featured on NPR's Here and Now where they discussed the decreases in women serving as artistic directors and choreographers among major ballet companies. Despite the rich history of women who launched major ballet companies, today, in companies like the Royal Opera House and American Ballet Theatre, women are virtually absent from leadershop roles. Prof. Garafola points to the tendency to mistrust of women in these positions, whereas Tharp, who recently launched a new U.S. tour, points to chauvinism as the root cause for this embalance.
Prof. Garafola joined Barnard's faculty in 2000. She is a dance historian and critic, the author of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance, and a regular contributor of articles and essays to both scholarly and general interest publications. She is the founder of the Columbia University seminar Studies in Dance.