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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. 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, 2023).


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Fall 2024
DANC 302 - 01
Ballet II

DANC 378 - 01
Repertory and Performance