• Dance

  • Mary Fogarty

  • Associate Professor

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E maryf@yorku.ca

EDUCATION

PhD (University of Edinburgh)

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Popular music and dance studies,
cultural sociology of performance,
creative practice.

BIOGRAPHY

I am an artist, scholar, dancer and community-builder. My research focusses on dance, music, film, and the cultural sociology of performance. Most of my creative practice at the moment is about what Simon Frith has called “the struggle for fun.”

My recent choreographic work, “SoundCheck,” a collaboration with singer-songwriter La Clem and the York Dance Ensemble, debuted in Toronto as part of “ReGeneration” (February 14-16, 2024).

At York University, I am an Associate Professor of Dance and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in choreography, performance & culture, dance education, and Breaking.

I recently co-edited a double issue about “Breaking and the Olympics” with Jason Ng for the journal Global Hip Hop Studies (2024) as well as The Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Dance Studies (2022, co-edited with Imani Kai Johnson). After attending Taylor Swift’s REPtour (2018) six times in four countries, I co-edited a special issue of Contemporary Music Review (UK) on  “Taking Taylor Seriously” with Gina Arnold (Stanford).

Other recent publications of mine appear in the third edition of That’s The Joint! The Hip Hop Studies Reader (Forman, Neal and Bradley, eds., 2023); Hip-Hop Archives: The Politics and Poetics of Knowledge Production (Campbell and Forman, eds., 2023); Geographically Isolated and Peripheral Music Scenes (Ballico, ed., 2021), The Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock (McKay and Arnold, eds., 2020), We Still Here: Hip Hop North of the 49th Parallel (Marsh and Campbell, eds., 2020); and The Oxford Handbook of Dance Competition (Dodds, ed., 2019).

As a long-time member of the KeepRockinYou arts collective that organized the Toronto B-Girl Movement, I have been involved in hip-hop dance performances, battles, workshops, teaching, judging, community conversations and public talks both inside and without the academy since the late 1990s. I started Breaking and making experimental films then and organized my first all b-girl crew, and Breaking/hip hop event (“Operation B-Droid”) in the early 2000s.

I am a past President of IASPM-Canada, former Editor-in-Chief of IASPM Journal, and co-founder of PoP Moves, a network of popular dance scholars. Before coming to York University, I taught at the University of East London and hosted artist residences for local breaking and waacking crews.

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