Rachel Straus, born in New York City, joined Juilliard as a Dance History lecturer in 2011 and became part of Juilliard’s interdivisional Liberal Arts faculty in 2016. Topics of her research include 20th-century concert dance, arts criticism, and the history of ideas.
As a scholar and dance critic, Straus has published in books, encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines, exhibition catalogs, and festival programs, many of which are archived at www.rachelstraus.com.
Since 2009, she has been the dance critic for Musical America. She has also worked as a scholar in residence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and as an assistant editor at Amnesty International magazine (USA) and Dance Magazine.
Straus holds a M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (Arts Reporting Honors, 2005), a M.F.A. from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance (choreography award, 2000), a B.A. in English Literature from New York University (Cum Laude, 1992) and she is completing her dissertation in dance studies from London’s University of Roehampton. Her background in studio dance includes training in composition, ballet, Graham, Horton, Limón, and Cunningham techniques.