The School of Music, Theatre and Dance is pleased to welcome Ana Paula Höfling to the Department of Dance.
Ana Paula is an interdisciplinary scholar, dancer, and capoeirista. Her research bridges the disciplines of dance studies, Latin American studies, cultural studies, and critical tourism studies. She holds an MA in Dance and a PhD in Culture and Performance from the University of California at Los Angeles, an MFA in Dance from the University of Hawai`i, and a BA in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American Studies at the Center for the Americas at Wesleyan University (2012-2014). She has taught at Wesleyan University, the University of Wyoming, and at the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá in Colombia as a Fulbright scholar. Her book Staging Capoeira/Dancing Brazil (Wesleyan University Press, forthcoming), analyzes the role of capoeira and capoeiristas in the process of staging Brazilian “national culture” between the 1920s and the 1970s, focusing on issues of race, class, and authorship. Her new research interests include representations of mestiçagem in early twentieth-century ballet in Rio de Janeiro, and the choreographic production of Eros Volúsia, Mercedes Baptista, and Felicitas Barreto. She is thrilled to be joining the Dance faculty at UNCG as Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2014.