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Mary Fogarty

BA Hons (UWO), MA (Brock), PhD (University of Edinburgh)

Assistant Professor, Department of Dance, Full Time

Mary Fogarty is a dance scholar and cultural sociologist with degrees in music, popular culture, and film studies. Her main areas of interest are DIY cultural practices, embodied mediation and regulated identities. She is currently collaborating on a book project with co-author, Ken Swift, one of the most influential b-boys in the history of hip hop culture. She is also co-editing an anthology about Movies, Moves and Music: The Sonic World of Dance Films with Mark Evans and The [Oxford] Handbook of Hip-Hop Dance Studies with Imani Kai Johnson.

Prof. Mary Fogarty is part of the KeepRockinYou arts collective that organizes the Toronto B-Girl Movement, a project devoted to mentoring young women in hip hop dance and culture with a focus on breaking. She was an invited Visiting Scholar at New York University's Hip-Hop Education Centre (2013-2015).

Recent publications include a chapter about "The Body and Dance" in the Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music (2015), “Gene Kelly: The Original, Updated” in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen (2014) ;“‘Each One Teach One’: B-boying and Ageing” in Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity (2012); “Breaking Expectations: Imagined Affinities in Mediated Youth Cultures” in Continuum (2012); and "A Manifesto for the Study of Popular Dance" in Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies (2010).

Dr. Fogarty is a sought after public speaker and has been invited to KISMIF's conference "Crossing Borders of Underground Music Scenes" as a keynote speaker (Portugal), Cornell University (Dancing Hip Hop symposium), the Schomburg Centre in Harlem; New York University; Griffith University (keynote speaker for Creative Communities II); University of Exeter, House of PainT (Ottawa hip hop event); Markham Theatre, Behavior Block Party & Pow Wow, as well as an invited dance workshop leader for music therapists, for dancers and choreographers, for youth and for prisoners.

She recently performed in Open Art Surgery at the Harbourfront Centre (March 2014) in collaboration with Jonzi D and Allen Kaeja. She has also performed at the 2007 Breakin' Convention, an international hip hop dance theatre showcase, at Edinburgh Festival Theatre in Scotland.

Professor Fogarty has been the recipient of several awards including an Academic Innovation Fund, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, ORSAS (University of Edinburgh) and Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is a founding member of the UK-based research collective about popular dance studies, PoP Moves. She has served on committees for Pulse Ontario Youth Dance Conference, Manifesto Festival Dance Council, IASPM-UK, IMHSD, and CORD.

From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Fogarty was a lecturer in the Dance: Urban Practice degree program at the University of East London/UK where she pioneered breaking battles on the dance curriculum with co-teacher Kevin “DJ Renegade” Gopie. She joined the faculty in York University's Department of Dance in 2011.

Chapters in books

“The Body and Dance.” The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music. Eds. John Shepherd and Kyle Devine. London: Routledge, 2015. 245-254.  Print. 

“Gene Kelly: The Original, Updated.” The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen. Ed. Melissa Blanco Borelli. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 83-97. Print. 

“Each One Teach One: B-Boying and Ageing.” Ageing and Youth Cultures. Eds. Andy Bennett and Paul Hodkinson, Oxford: Berg, 2012. 53-65. Print.

Single author journal articles

“Breaking Expectations: Imagined Affinities in Mediated Youth Cultures.” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. Spec. issue of Mediated Youth Cultures, edited by Andy Bennett and Brady Robards 26.3 (2012): 449-462.  London: Routledge. Print. 

“A Manifesto for the Study of Popular Dance.” Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies, Spec. issue of Dancing the Popular, edited by Danielle Robinson 30 (2010): 4-5. 

“Learning Hip Hop Dance: Old Music, New Music, and How Music Migrates.” Crossing Conceptual Boundaries II, edited by Derek Robbins (2011): 66-85. London: University of East London. 

“Waacking, (Punking), Recycling, Schooling: Disco Dance on the Move.” Hotfoot, edited by Jeanette Bain-Burnette, 15 (2011): n.p. London: Association of Dance of the African Diaspora. 

Joint author journal articles

With Michael Olshansky, Rachel Bar, and Joseph DeSouza. “Supplementary motor area and primary auditory cortex activation in an expert break-dancer during visualized dance to music.” Neurocase: The Neural Basis of Cognition (2014): 1-11. 

With Jonathon Osborn and Deanne Kearney.  “Camouflaged Identities: The Multiple Legitimacies of Tentacle Tribe.” Underground Music Scenes and DIY Cultures. Proceedings, edited by Paula Guerra and Andy Bennett. Porto: Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Porto. [submitted] 

Film documentary publications and screenings.

Spontaneous Lux: Freestyling in Dance and Music. Screening at Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Challenging Orthodoxies. 17th Biennial Conference, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Universidad de Oviedo, Gijon, Spain, June 24-28, 2013.

Published papers in conference proceedings

“Musical Tastes in Popular Dance Practices.” Congress on Research in Dance 2012 (Spring). Cambridge University Press (2013): 70-75. 

With Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli and Michèle Moss. “Crash & Create: Exploring Dance Improvisation from Three Perspectives.” Collaboration: Intersections, Negotiations, Mediations in the World of Dance Annual Conference for Canadian Society for Dance Studies in Montréal Proceedings 2012. (2012): n. pag. Online resource:

“Sharing Hip Hop Dance: Rethinking Taste in Cross-Cultural Exchanges of Music.” Situating popular musics: IASPM 16th International Conference Proceedings. Ed. Carlo Nardi. (2012): 127-131.

“Preserving Aesthetics While Getting Paid: Careers for Hip Hop Dancers Today.” What's it Worth? 'Value' and Popular Music: Selected Papers from the 2009 IASPM Australia/New Zealand Conference, edited by Shelley D. Brunt and Kirsten Zemke. Dunedin, N.A.: International Association for the Study of Poplar Music (2010): 30-33.

Book reviews

Rev. of Bodies of Sound, editors Sherril Dodds and Susan Cook. Popular Music, 34: 1 (2015): 142-144.

Rev. of Dancing on the Canon: Embodiments of Value in Popular Dance, by Sherril Dodds. Dance Research. 32. 2 (2014): 269-271.

Rev. of French Moves: The Cultural Politics of le hip hop, author Felicia McCarren, Dance Research Journal, 36: 2 (2014): 112-114.

Rev. of The Hidden Musicians: Music-Making in an English Town, author Ruth Finnegan, Popular Music. 28: 2 (2009): 289-292.

Magazine articles

“Breaking Bad: The New B-Girls.” Dance Current Magazine. March/April 2015. Print.

With Lauren Cook. "Judi Lopez and Her Fly B-Girl Contingent." Dance Matters Blog. October 14 2014. Online:

“Music Creates Opportunity: A New Creation.” Interview with choreographer Crazy Smooth. Centre Stage, Spring 2014: 30-32.


Co-investigator for Keep Rockin' You, Toronto B-Girl Movement as lead facilitator/lecturer. Grants and funds include: Ontario Trililium Foundation's Youth Opportunity fund with ArtStart (2014), ArtReach grant for summer TB-GM program (2014), Manifesto Floor Award Community Contribution (2013), ArtReach Pitch contest (2013), OAC Grant Dance Initiative (2013), TB-GM program in partnership with City of Toronto Grant Innovation, Opportunities and Prosperity Program (2013).

Academic Innovation Fund, York University, 2013-2014.

ORSAS University of Edinburgh Overseas Research Awards Scheme, 2009-2010. The School makes two annual awards that cover tuition fees.

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2007-2010. Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2005-2006. Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Mark S. Bonham Scholarship, 2003-2004. Inside Out Toronto Film and Video Festival.