ALLEGRA FULLER SNYDER
1992 Honoree of the Year, American Dance Guild, is Professor Emerita of Dance, and former Director of the pioneering Graduate Program in Dance Ethnology, at UCLA. She has also served as Chair of the Faculty, School of the Arts and chaired the Department of Dance as well as the Ethnic Arts (now World Arts and Cultures) inter-college, interdisciplinary program intermittently from 1974 until her retirement in 1991. She was Visiting Professor of Performance Studies at New York University 1982-83, and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England 1983-84. She has also taught at CalArts and at Naropa Institute.
Her research interests in Dance Ethnology have led her to serve as Chairperson of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) 1975-77. She has directed or co-directed numerous national conferences such as the one on "Dance and Anthropology" for CORD (1972). She work has included field observation among certain American Indian tribes particularly the Yaqui, and research in Africa and Asia, including a brief Fulbright Visiting Lectureship in Bombay, and three months of research in the State of Kerala, South India. She was recipient of a Fulbright- Western European Regional Research Scholarship 1983-84. In Nov.'86 she was delegate of the American Institute of Indian Studies to attend the inauguration of the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts in New Delhi, India and in Dec.'87 was participant in the Eleventh Taniguchi Foundation International Symposium, sponsored by the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan. She was a selected presentor at the Hong Kong International Dance Conference, July 1990. The summers of '88 and "92 took her to Copenhagen, Denmark and Naplion, Greece where she delivered papers at the meeting of the Study Group on Ethnochoreology of the International Council for Traditional Music. She served as conference co-organizer for the 1994 meeting in Poland.
er concern for the relation between dance and media were reflected in a report for National Endowment for the Arts in 1968 which served as a model for future developments in the field She co-directed the first "Dance/Television Workshop" held at the American Dance Festival and a conference on "Researching Dance Through Film and Video" sponsored by the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution.. She has directed a number of films on dance including BAYANIHAN, (which won a special award as the best folkloric documentary at the Bilboa, Spain Film Festival, and also won a Golden Eagle Award), GESTURES OF SAND, REFLECTIONS ON CHOREOGRAPHY. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities allowed her to make BAROQUE DANCE, 1675-1725, and WHEN THE FIRE DANCES BETWEEN THE TWO POLES, a film on Mary Wigman, was funded by the NEA. She was recently a Core Consultant for DANCING, an eight-hour series for WNET/Thirteen, New York, aired beginning May 1993.
She has served in various capacities on the Dance Program of the National Endowment for the Arts almost since its inception. She has been a Seminar Director of the Summer Programs for College Teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities on several occasions. She has also served as panelist and reader for the organization and on the Advisory Screening Committee, Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
Since 1983 she has served, first as Exec. Dir. and then as President, now Chairwoman, of the Board of Directors, of the Buckminster Fuller Institute. She is cited in The Who's Who in America,Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Society, Who's Who in the West, World Who's Who of Women in Education, and others.