Founding editor of Fjord Review. Penelope graduated from Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne, Australia, before turning her attention to dance. She takes ballet, and dances salsa and tango. She currently lives in Toronto.
Alessandra is a researcher and UN volunteer pursuing a career in human rights and international criminal law. Her interests, dance-wise, range from classical ballet to neoclassical ballet, contemporary dance, dance theatre and the development of new choreographic languages and intellectual approaches to movement and space.
Apollinaire Scherr is the New York-based dance critic for the Financial Times. She has written regularly for the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Newsday, and contributed to Salon, New York magazine, the Village Voice, Elle, the San Francisco Chronicle, Barnard magazine, and Flash Art International.
Soloist with the Australian ballet, Chris Rodgers-Wilson trained at the Royal Ballet School, and danced with Birmingham Royal Ballet. In 2013 he was awarded the Telstra Dancer of the year award, and he was promoted to soloist in 2015. He currently lives in Melbourne and enjoys writing, photography and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Claudia Lawson is a dance critic based in Sydney, Australia, writing regularly for ABC Radio National, ABC Arts, and Fjord Review. After graduating with degrees in Law and Forensic Science, Claudia worked as a media lawyer for the ABC, FOXTEL and the BBC in London, where she also co-founded Street Sessions dance company. Claudia is currently studying medicine.
Faye Arthurs is a former ballet dancer with New York City Ballet. She chronicled her time as a professional dancer in her blog Thoughts from the Paint. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Fordham University. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their toddler.
Using an armoury of play and poetry as a lure, Gracia Haby is an artist besotted with paper. Her limited edition artists’ books, and other works hard to pin down, are often made collaboratively with fellow artist, Louise Jennison. Their work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and state libraries throughout Australia to the Tate (UK). Gracia Haby is known to collage with words as well as paper.
Jade is a Paris-based public official and dance critic who specialises in both Russian ballet and classical repertoire. In her early years, she lived in Ottawa and Washington DC but her interest lies in Russia now. Besides contributing to cultural media, in French and English, she carries out research on the choreographic transition at the Bolshoi Theater.
Jonelle Seitz is a writer and editor in Austin, Texas. She has contributed dance reviews and articles to the Austin Chronicle since 2007 and is a member of the Austin Critics Table. Her dance writing has also appeared in Dance Europe, dancemagazine.com, Ballet Review, and AdobeAirstream. Previously a ballet dancer, she aims to discover those who move, what moves them, and why they are so important to those of us who watch.
Kosta Karakashyan is a Bulgarian director, choreographer, and writer completing a BA in Dance at Columbia University. A two-time Bulgarian National Ballroom Champion, Kosta has performed on Dancing With the Stars Vietnam. His creative agency Studio Karakashyan's recent works include music videos for Bettan and Acrillics and documentary dance film Waiting for Color about the ongoing LGBTQ+ persecution in the Chechnya. Kosta has written for Dance Magazine and choreographed for Columbia Ballet Collaborative.
Based in Glasgow, Lorna was delightfully corrupted by the work of Michael Clark in her early teens,and has never looked back. Passionate about dance, music, and theatre she writes regularly for the List, Across the Arts and Exeunt.
She also wrote on dance, drama and whatever particular obsession she had that week for the Shimmy, the Skinny and TLG and has contributed to Mslexia, TYCI and the Vile Blog.
Madison Mainwaring is a graduate student at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Her research focuses on the Romantic ballet and the way its danseuses were perceived by female audience members at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Her writing and criticism has been featured by The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Paris Review, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, and VICE Magazine, among other publications.
Merilyn Jackson has written on dance for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1996 and writes on dance, theater, food, travel and Eastern European culture and Latin American fiction for publications including the New York Times, the Warsaw Voice, the Arizona Republic, Phoenix New Times, MIT’s Technology Review, Arizona Highways, Dance, Pointe and Dance Teacher magazines, and Broad Street Review. She also writes for tanz magazin and Ballet Review. She was awarded an NEA Critics Fellowship in 2005 to Duke University and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship for her novel-in-progress, Solitary Host.
Merli V. Guerra is a professional dancer and award-winning interdisciplinary artist with talents in choreography, filmmaking, writing, and graphic design based in Boston, MA, and Princeton, NJ. She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Luminarium Dance Company (Boston, MA), and has performed lead roles with modern and Odissi companies on international tours to India (2007, 2012) and Japan (2009), while her choreographic works, screendance films, and installations have been presented by more than 80 events across the U.S. and abroad in Canada, Germany, and Italy. As a writer, Guerra is Senior Contributor to The Arts Fuse (curating its weekly “top pick” dance events across New England), and a ballet and contemporary dance critic for the international Fjord Review, and Dance International magazine. She is an MFA in Dance candidate at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ), and frequently acts as a guest choreographer, panelist, speaker, and advocate for the arts throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic.
Oksana Khadarina is a Washington-based dance writer who has a keen interest in the ballet scene of New York City. Her dance writing has appeared in Ballet magazine, CriticalDance, Ionarts, and DanceTabs. Choreography by George Balanchine has always been her source of joy and inspiration.
Rachel Elderkin is a freelance dance artist and writer based in London. She is a contributor to The Stage and a member of the UK's Critics' Circle. She has previously written for publications including Fjord Review, Exeunt, British Theatre Guide, londondance.com, the Skinny (Scotland) and LeftLion (Nottingham) where she was Art Editor.
Rachel Howard is the former lead dance critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. Her dance writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Hudson Review, Ballet Review, San Francisco Magazine and Dance Magazine.
Rachel Stone is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She has published interviews, cultural criticism and reportage in publications including The New Republic, BOMB Magazine, Real Life Magazine, and other publications.
Rebecca J. Ritzel is a Baltimore-based arts journalist. She served as the Washington Post's theater columnist from 2014-2016. Her cultural coverage has appeared in more than two dozen British and North American outlets, including the New York Times, the National Post, National Public Radio and Teen Vogue.
Sara Veale is a London-based writer and editor. After studying dance and literature in her native North Carolina, she swapped the sunlit Land of the Pines for misty England to pursue an MA in English at University College London. Her writing has appeared in DanceTabs, Auditorium, Exeunt, Review 31 and more.
Shelby Elsbree trained at the Sarasota Ballet Academy and the School of American Ballet in 2004. In 2009 she joined Royal Danish Ballet, where she danced for four years. In 2013 she joined Boston Ballet. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Columbia University in New York City.
Tara Sheena is a dance artist and writer originally from Detroit, MI. She has enjoyed collaborating on recent performances with Laurel Snyder, Nadia Tykulsker and Molly Poerstel. Other current projects include writings in Hyperallergic, the Brooklyn Rail. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Victoria Looseleaf is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based international arts journalist who covers music and dance festivals around the world. Among the many publications she has contributed to are the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Dance Magazine and KCET’s Artbound. In addition, she taught dance history at USC and Santa Monica College. Looseleaf’s novella-in-verse, Isn't It Rich? is available from Amazon, and and her latest book, Russ & Iggy’s Art Alphabet with illustrations by JT Steiny, was recently published by Red Sky Presents. Looseleaf can be reached through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linked In, as well as at her online arts magazine ArtNowLA.
Jo is the Curatorial Assistant at the Textile Museum of Canada. She graduated with an MA in Photographic Preservation from Ryerson University and the George Eastman Museum of Photography and Film. Her current research focusses on contemporary European choreographers and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal under the artistic director Gradimir Pankov. Jo trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and France’s École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower. She lives in Toronto.
Theresa Ruth Howard is a former member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, and Armitage Gone! Dance, she has worked extensively with choreographer Donald Byrd, and has been a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She has contributed to Source and Pointe, Expressions, Tanz, and Dance Magazine. She has been a member of the Ballet Faculty at the Ailey School, for over 17 years and has taught and choreographed internationally. Ms. Howard founded MoBBallet.org works as a consultant and diversity strategist.
Veronica Posth is an art historian and art and dance critic based in Berlin. She studied Art at the University and Fine Art Academy of Florence, at the University of Glasgow and at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam; and Dance in various schools and academies in Florence, London, Glasgow and Berlin. Besides reviewing art and dance for numerous printed and online magazines, Veronica also works as a dance dramaturge.