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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. She specializes in researching the dance style known as breaking (or b-boying/b-girling). 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.

Prof. Mary Fogarty is an invited Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Hip Hop Education Centre (2013-2015).
 She is also part of KeepRockin'You, the Toronto B-Girl Movement, a community collective devoted to mentoring young women in hip hop culture.

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

Dr. Fogarty is a sought after public speaker and has been invited to the Schomburg Centre in Harlem; New York University; Griffith University, Australia (keynote speaker for Creative Communities II); University of Exeter, House of Paint (Ottawa hip hop event); Markham Theatre, Behavior Block Party & Pow Wow, Harbourfront Centre, Parkdale Library, Brock University, as well as an invited dance workshop leader for music therapists (Nordoff Robbins Centre), for dancers and choreographers (Alexandra Seutin's ADiaspora Collective), for youth and for prisoners.

She recently performed in Open Arts 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 has served on committees for Pulse Ontario Youth Dance Conference, Manifesto Festival Dance Council, IASPM-UK, IMHSD, and CORD. She is a founding member of the UK-based research collective about popular dance studies, PoP Moves.

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.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Fogarty, M. and M. Evans (eds), Movies, Moves and Music: The Sonic World of Dance Films. London: Equinox. (forthcoming)

Fogarty, M. Book Review: "French Moves in Hip Hop Theatre and Dance Scholarship" in Dance Research Journal. Cambrdige University Press. (forthcoming)

Fogarty, M. (2014) “Gene Kelly: The Original, Updated” in Melissa Blanco Borelli (ed) The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen. Oxford University Press.

Fogarty, M. (2012). “Breaking expectations: Imagined affinities in mediated dance cultures.” In Andy Bennett and Brady Robards (eds), Mediated Youth Cultures, a special issue of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. London: Routledge.

Fogarty, M. (2012). “Each One Teach One: B-boying and Ageing.” In Andy Bennett and Paul Hodkinson (eds), Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity. Oxford: Berg.

Fogarty, M. (2012). “Spontaneous Lux: Freestyling in Dance and Music.” In Jesse Stewart (ed), special edition on improvisation for Music and Arts in Action. [forthcoming online video journal]

Fogarty, M. (2012). “Sharing Hip Hop Dance: Rethinking Taste in Cross-cultural Exchanges of Music.” In Carlo Nardi (ed), 16th Biennial IASPM International Conference Grahamstown 2011 Proceedings. [forthcoming]

Fogarty, M. (2011). “A Manifesto for the Study of Popular Dance.” In Danielle Robinson (ed), Dancing the Popular, a special issue of Conversations across the Field of Dance Studies. Autumn/Winter 2010.

Fogarty, M. (2011). "Dance to the Drummer's Beat: Competing Tastes in International B-Boy/B-Girl Culture." University of Edinburgh: PhD dissertation. Available online:

Fogarty, M. (2010). “Learning Hip Hop Dance: Old Music, New Music, and How Music Migrates.” In Derek Robbins (ed) Crossing Conceptual Boundaries II. London: University of East London.

Fogarty, M. (2010). “Preserving aesthetics while getting paid: Careers for hip hop dancers today.” In Shelley D. Brunt and Kirsten Zemke (eds), What's it worth? 'Value' and Popular Music: Selected Papers from the 2009 IASPM Australia/New Zealand Conference. Dunedin, N.A.: International Association for the Study of Popular Music, p. 30-33.

Other Publications

Fogarty, M. (2014). "Interview with Crazy Smooth of BBoyizm Dance Company." In Centre Stage Magazine. Available online.

Fogarty, M. (2011). “Waacking, (Punking), Recycling, Schooling: Disco Dance on the Move.” In, Jeanette Bain-Burnette (ed), Hotfoot. Winter ed. London: ADAD, the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora.

Fogarty, M. (2009). Book Review: The Hidden Musicians: Music-Making in an English Town. By Ruth Finnegan. Popular Music, 28: 289-292. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


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.