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Sen. Ins. Tamara McCarty



Contemporary Dance


Tamara McCarty is a dance historian and artist. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Dance Studies with a minor in History at The Ohio State University (OSU). Her dissertation Marginalized Motion: Late Medieval Dance in Law Practice and Memory examines how medieval dance practices and modern reenactments facilitate communal belonging, social control, and Jewish-Christian relations in southern Germany. Her research and teaching interests include dance histories; premodern racialization and cross-cultural encounters; cultural memory; performance and reenactment; ballet practice; improvisation; and somatics. Her scholarship has been published by postmedieval (2023) and in the edited collection Cursed Carolers in Context (Routledge, 2021). Prior to her graduate studies, McCarty performed with La Danserie (Los Angeles), Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (Dallas), Contemporary Ballet Dallas (Dallas), Bryce Dance (New York City), and various independent artists. In 2013, she earned her BFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach, where she received the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award.

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