Ana Paula Höfling

Ana Paula Höfling

  • Associate Professor
  • Dance - Dance Studies
  • 220H Coleman Building
  • 336-334-5570

Ana Paula Höfling is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director for the MFA in Dance and the MA in Dance Theories and Practices in the School of Dance. She is the author of Staging Brazil: Choreographies of Capoeira (Wesleyan University Press, 2019), an analysis of the role of capoeira and capoeiristas in the process of staging Brazilian “national culture” between 1928 and 1974, focusing on issues of race, class, and authorship. Staging Brazil was awarded the 2021 Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research from the Dance Studies Association. She is currently a Trustee’s Fellow at the National Humanities Center (AY 2021-22), where she is working on a book project titled Dancing Brazil’s Other: Choreographies of Race, Class, and Nation,  which focuses on the mid-century folkloric ballet companies directed by Brazilian choreographers Eros Volúsia, Mercedes Baptista, and Felicitas Barreto.

Her articles include: “Capoeiras of Bahia” in Axé Bahia: the power of art in an Afro-Brazilian metropolis (Los Angeles: Fowler Museum, 2017); “StagingCapoeira, Samba, Maculelê and CandombléViva Bahia’s Choreographies of Afro-Brazilian Folklore for the Global Stage” in Performing Brazil: essays on culture, identity and the performing arts (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2015); “Pedagogy of the possessed: re-thinking the dancer-researcher-performer (BPI) method in dance curricula in Brazil,” available in both English and Portuguese in the open source Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies. Vol. 6 No. 2, p. 287-307, May-Aug, 2016,; “Dancing Latinidad: Spinning a World of Salsa Scholarship” in Latin American Research Review 53(3): pp.666-670,; “Dancing Mestiçagem, Embodying Whiteness: Eros Volúsia’s bailado brasileiro” in Dance Research Journal 52.2, August 2020. She has also contributed to the website, curated by Dr. Matthias Röhrig Assunção.

She holds a PhD in Culture and Performance and an MA in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MFA in Dance from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and a BA in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to coming to UNCG, she taught at Wesleyan University, where she was an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, at the University of Wyoming, and at the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá in Colombia, where she was an IIE Fulbright scholar. She is an RAD-trained ballet dancer and a capoeirista, having studied with Mestre Acordeon, Mestre João Grande, and since 2005, with Mestre Jogo de Dentro and the Grupo Semente do Jogo de Angola.

She is Associate Editor of the Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies and she serves on the Dance Studies Association’s Standing Committee on Awards. She is a member of the Brazilian Studies Association and the Latin American Studies Association.