Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland

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Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland, Associate Professor at Bryn Mawr College, is the founder and director of its dance program as well as the chair of the arts program. Her scholarly research has included preserving the work of significant Philadelphia dance artists through oral histories and video documentation, and her present writing projects focus on the rise of a professional class of dancers in turn-of-the-century Philadelphia and on the role of bodiedness in both historiography and the archive In June 2012, she presented a paper on this research at the Society of Dance History Scholars Conference entitled “‘…good looks, good health and a knowledge of dancing’: Training the stage dancer in Philadelphia, early 1900s.” Caruso Haviland’s professional activities also include panel presentations and interdisciplinary arts collaborations. In the fall of 2011, for instance, she conceived and coordinated “The Contemporary Performance of Sex, Gender and Embodiment,” a symposium held in connection with the Bryn Mawr College residency of choreographer John Jasperse and world premiere of his Fort Blossom Revisited (2000–2012) as part of the College’s Performing Arts Series. Caruso Haviland has served as a board member of Dance USA/Philadelphia, and has worked on the organizational and exploratory committees of the Dance Coalition of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Dance Collection at Temple University, the Philadelphia Dance Heritage Consortium, and the Philadelphia Dance Archives Project, among others. She also teaches in and directed Bryn Mawr College’s critical thinking and writing program for first-year students, and has received the college’s Rosalyn R. Schwartz teaching award. Prior to her work at Bryn Mawr College, Caruso Haviland founded the dance program at SUNY/Westchester Community College and taught in several colleges and universities including Temple University and The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree in dance from Adelphi University and went on to complete her doctorate in dance and philosophy at Temple University. She has performed with companies in New York and Philadelphia, principally with Zero Moving Company under the direction of Hellmut Gottschild.

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