Carrie Gaiser Casey

Carrie Gaiser


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  • PhD Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley, December 2009
    Dissertation title: "Ballet's Feminisms: Genealogy and Gender in Early Twentieth Century American Ballet"
  • BA Smith College, January 2003
    summa cum laude

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:

  • Guest lecturer - San Francisco Ballet (2011)
    Dance History lectures, Ballet 101
  • Graduate Student Instructor - University of California, Berkeley (2007 - 2008)
    Reading Steps, Writing Dance
    Japanese Performance

Professional Experience:

  • Dancer - Fort Worth Dallas Ballet (1993 - 1997)


  • Pre-Doctoral Humanities Fellowship - UC Berkeley (2008)
  • Andrew Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies - (2003)

Courses Taught

Regularly Taught:

  • PERFA 121-32 Dance History I
  • PERFA 123-32 Dance History II
  • PERFA 125 Dance in Performance
  • PERFA 198 Senior Project




Selected Presentations

  • Hearing with One's Eyes: Balanchine's Choreographic Influences. Casey, Carrie Gaiser (talk, speech or lecture)
    San Francisco Ballet Christensen Society Lecture
    (March 2012)
  • Pavlova and the Pavlovitas: Dancing as the Swan's Daughter. Casey, Carrie Gaiser (paper)
    Society of Dance History Scholars
  • From Linda to Lindovska: Tradition and Migration in Pavlova’s Touring Company. Casey, Carrie Gaiser (paper)
    Congress on Research on Dance
  • That Dangerous Automaton: The Discursive Construction of the Human in Objectivist Dance. Casey, Carrie Gaiser (paper)
    Performance Studies International
  • Embodying the Void: Korper at the Jewish Museum, Berlin. Casey, Carrie Gaiser (invited)
    UC Berkeley Consortium for the Arts


  • Casey, Carrie Gaiser. 2013. Genealogies of Contingent Autonomy: Pavlova and her Daughters , Investigating Dance on its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies, eds. and Eliot, Karen and Bales, Melanie, Oxford University Press
  • Casey, Carrie Gaiser. 2012. Anna Pavlova and Albertina Rasch's Ballet Corporealities, Dance Chronicle, vol. 35, issue 1, pg.8 - 29
  • Casey, Carrie Gaiser. 2006. Hybridity, Stability, Subversion: Dance Theatre of Harlem's "Creole" Giselle, Theatre Journal , vol. 58, issue 2 , pg.269 - 289

Honors, Awards & Grants

  • Society of Dance History Scholars Travel Grant - (2007)
  • Dunbar S. Ogden Award for Theater Research - UC Berkeley (2004)


Scholarly Interests: 


  • Dance History
    My areas of interest include the following: early twentieth century American ballet; dance theory; dance analysis; dance and writing; women in ballet; ballet historiography; and dance and gender.