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Patricia L. Beaman

University Professor of Dance

Dance Studios, 160 Cross St, 010


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BFA University of Michigan
MA New York University

Patricia L. Beaman

Patricia Beaman is University Professor of Dance at Wesleyan University, and is on the faculty of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a longtime member of the New York Baroque Dance Company, she toured the U.S., Latin America, and Europe, performing in numerous opera-ballets, and as a guest artist with numerous early music ensembles. Goddess/Siren/Monster, her Neo-Baroque triptych of the passacailles of Venus, Armide, and Scylla, toured Wesleyan University, NYC, Toronto, and Avignon, France. Her other Neo-Baroque works include The Narcoleptic Countess, Medea, and The Seven Deadly Sins. Ms. Beaman has also performed, choreographed, and taught contemporary dance in the United States and Europe. She received a Mellon grant to reconstruct Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A and Chair/Pillow, which inspired her research in juxtaposing formulaic similarities between 18th century French theatrical dances and analytic Postmodern dance of the 1960s. She is the author of World Dance Cultures: from Ritual to Spectacle (Routledge Press, 2017).


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Fall 2023
DANC 102F - 01
Dance Cultural Knowledge (FYS)

DANC 111 - 01
Introduction to Dance

DANC 302 - 01
Ballet II