Assistant Professor of Dance Clare Croft will receive the Henry Russel Award, one of the highest honors the University bestows upon junior faculty.
Croft specializes in American dance of the 20th and 21st centuries, cultural policy, feminist and queer theory, and critical race theory. She asks how history might look differently if dancers, audiences and choreographers were seen as equal partners in creating meaning in dance.
From 2002-05, Croft worked in the Dance and Media programs of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served on the board of directors of the Congress on Research in Dance, and on national arts grant selection panels.
Her writing about dance has appeared in professional journals and in several daily newspapers including The Washington Post. She recently published Dancers as Diplomats, is editing the anthology Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance, and a website of performances documented in the Duderstadt Video Studio. Croft has received the American Society of Theatre Research's Biennial Sally Banes Publication Prize, and won the Society of Dance History Scholar's Selma Jeanne Cohen Award.
The Russel Award and the Henry Russel Lectureship were established in 1925 with a bequest from Henry Russel of Detroit. He received three degrees from U-M.