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Wendy Perron, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer, had a 30-year career as a dancer/choreographer. Born in New York City, she studied at the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey School, and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She earned her BA from Bennington College and an MA from SUNY Empire State College. She danced with the Trisha Brown Company in the 1970s and choreographed more than 40 works for her own group. Perron has taught various aspects of dance at Bennington, Princeton, NYU, City College, and Rutgers, and she has often adjudicated for ballet and choreography competitions. In the early 1990s she served as associate director of Jacob’s Pillow, where she directed an intensive in improvisation. As the longtime editor in chief of Dance Magazine, she wrote hundreds of articles on a wide variety of subjects; she also initiated the online series Choreography in Focus and What Wendy’s Watching. In addition to Dance Magazine, her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, vanityfair.com, and journals in Europe and China. An authority on Judson Dance Theater and postmodern dance, Perron has lectured across the country and in Russia and China. She has taught dance journalism at several dance centers and has co-curated exhibits on the intersection of dance and art. The New York Foundation for the Arts inducted Perron into its Hall of Fame in 2011. She now leads a graduate seminar in NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ dance department, serves as editor at large for Dance Magazine, and writes for several publications as well as her own website, wendyperron.com. Her second book is scheduled to be published by Wesleyan University Press in 2020.