Melinda Buckwalter

Melinda Buckwalter For Hire

• I give lively interactive book talks on my book: Composing While Dancing: An Improviser’s Companion.

• I teach experiential anatomy and kinesiology, writing about dancing, autoethnography, and make place based dance works.

Melinda Buckwalter, dance writer and movement researcher, served as co-editor for 15 years and is now a contributing editor of Contact Quarterly, an artist-made and reader-supported nonprofit journal of dance and improvisation. She is the author of Composing While Dancing: An Improviser’s Companion (University of Wisconsin Press), which explores the improvisational strategies of twenty-six pioneering contemporary dance artists. Melinda has investigated and written about Nancy Topf’s work since the early 1990s, when Nancy’s work launched Melinda into a life study of dance improvisation and curiosity around making dances through it. Over the years Melinda has taught dance in a variety of settings, including anatomy and kinesiology for dancers at Wesleyan and Bates, and for the yoga teacher-training programs. Melinda is a bodyworker and holds an MFA in dance from Bennington College and an MA in dance anthropology from University of Roehampton, London. Currently she is a PhD in dance candidate at the Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, for which she is researching dance and how it creates relationship to the environment. Reach her at melinda.buckwalter at

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