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J Dellecave

Lecturer, Dance

Jessica Dellecave
Office: M211
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PhD, University of California, Riverside
Master of Arts, New York University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Temple University


J holds a PhD in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside; MA in Performance Studies from New York University; BFA in Dance from Temple University; and has had a life-long career in dance and experimental performance. She is a multi-disciplinary choreographer, interdisciplinary scholar, and dancer/performer most recently hailing from Brooklyn, NY by way of Joshua Tree, CA.


J’s scholarly research looks at choreographic repetitions in politically oriented dances. Her dissertation examined twentieth and twenty-first century United States postmodern antiwar dance and how particular contemporary dances carry antiwar ideas from the 1970s through time. Her research and teaching interests include the intersection of theory/practice in the classroom/studio, marginalized histories of contemporary United States dance, performance as political cultural production, choreographic temporalities, and dance as a tool for employing feminist and intersectional approaches to critical thinking. Her writing has appeared in Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist History and itch Dance Journal. Her graduate research was awarded the prestigious Jacob K. Javits Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Education as well as various other grants and fellowships.


As a choreographer, J has most recently been working in full-length and endurance formats for solo, large-cast, ensemble, and collaborative performances. Her performances have been staged across the United States and in Canada, most prominently in New York City. J’s most recent productions were supported by HERE Arts Center and Dixon Place.


Photo Credit: Jan Wandrag