Janice Ross

Janice Ross
jross@stanford.edu

TAPS



Theater and Performance Studies Dept. 
551 Serra Mall 
Stanford, California 94305-5010 

Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Department

Department of Theatre and Performance Studies

Bio:

Janice Ross is Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Theatre and Performance Studies Department and Faculty Director of the Freshman immersion arts program, ITALIC. Ross is the author of four books including Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and  Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia (Yale University Press,  2015), Anna Halprin: Experience as Dance, (UC Press 2007), San Francisco Ballet at 75 (Chronicle Books 2007) and Moving Lessons: Margaret H’Doubler and The Beginning of Dance in American Education, (UW 2001). Her awards include Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships and grants from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Israel Institute. She is past president of the Society of Dance History Scholars and the Dance Critics Association and a former Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Beginning in 2013-14 and continuing to the present, she has been named the Faculty Director of the new year-long residential based Freshman arts program, Immerision in the Arts: Living in Culture (ITALIC). In 2015-16, she also became the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.

In 2015, Yale University Press published her fourth and most recent book, Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia. This first detailed study of the cultural and political impact of the leading Jewish choreographer working at the Kirov and Bolshoi Theatres in the USSR during the reign of Stalin, was widely reviewed including reviews in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Forward, The J (SF Jewish Bulletin), The Jewish Chronicle in the UK among others.

The Board of the Congress on Research in Dance, the leading scholarly Dance Studies organization, is awarding Ross the 2015 Award for Outstanding Scholarly Research in Dance.  Noting her appreciation for “how profoundly dance engages its social surround,” one nominator applauded Ross's “commitment to oral history as well as archival research to recover what happens in the dance studio as well as onstage, and an interest in how voices from what might seem a margin inflect the dominant.”  Indeed, each of her four books – Moving Lessons: Margaret H’Doubler and the Beginning of Dance in American Education (2000), San Francisco Ballet at Seventy Five (2007); Anna Halprin: Experience as Dance (2007), and Like a Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia (2015) – has been a moving and definitive study.  The Awards Committee enthusiastically agrees with one nominator, who stated that her combination of “dedicated service to the field” with “superlative scholarship” deserves the Award for Outstanding Scholarly Research in Dance. 

Ross was also hosted as a participant in the Israel Institute’s Leadership Summit in Jerusalem June 25- 29, 2016.

Publications:

Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and  Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia (Yale University Press,  2015) 

Anna Halprin: Experience as Dance, (UC Press 2007)

San Francisco Ballet at 75 (Chronicle Books 2007) 

Moving Lessons: Margaret H’Doubler and The Beginning of Dance in American Education, (UW 2001).