Rachel Straus

College Division

College Division: 

  • Dance History

Evening Division

Evening Division: 

  • History and Appreciation

Contact Information

Contact Information

Rachel Straus On the Web

Born in N.Y.C.

Taught at London's Roehampton U., Slovakia's Bratislava Academy of Performing Arts, Queens College, CUNY, and SUNY-Purchase College. Current positions: Dance critic, Musical America Worldwide and full-time faculty at Juilliard. More than 250 short pieces published in books, newspapers, magazines, exhibition catalogs, and festival programs. Topics: dance history, education, technique, choreographers, new works and revivals. Awards: Fellow, N.E.A. Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism (2007), Art Reporting Honors, Columbia U. (2005), MFA Choreography Award, Purchase College (2000).

Degrees and Studies

PhD candidate, Dance Studies, London's Roehampton U.; MS, Columbia U. Graduate School of Journalism; MFA, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance; BA, English Literature, N.Y.U. 

Dance studies with Lynn Garafola, Andree Grau, Stephanie Jordan, Andre Lepecki, Francis Mason, Deborah Jowitt, and Camille Hardy. Journalism training with Diane Solway, David Blum, and Bruce Porter. Dance technique with Zvi Gotheiner, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Katherine Kerr, Sarah Stackhouse, Finis Jhung, Milton Meyers, Larry Rhodes, Mel Wong, Gayle Young, and Lynn Simonson.

The Juilliard School

Liberal Arts faculty since 2016; Evening Division faculty since 2015; Dance Division faculty since 2011