Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt, a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, danced with the National Ballet of Canada for four years prior to attending York University. A technique teacher for many years, the subject of her Master’s thesis was “The Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet: An Investigation into its Evolution”. Other historical research projects have focused on dance in Canada during the early 20th century, including Anna Pavlova’s Toronto performances and entertainment in Dawson City at the turn of the century. She is the author of the book The Ballet Class: A History of Canada’s National Ballet School 1959-2009, released in 2010 in conjunction with the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
For her doctoral dissertation at Temple University in Philadelphia, Dr. Fisher-Stitt created and tested a computer tutorial on ballet allegro terminology. Together with her department colleague Professor Mary Jane Warner, she authored and produced the groundbreaking educational CD-ROM Shadow on the Prairie: An Interactive Multimedia Dance History Tutorial. She has presented papers at conferences hosted by the Society of Dance History Scholars, the Canadian Society for Dance Studies, the European Association of Dance Historians, and the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, and she currently sits on the Editorial Board for the Society of Dance History Scholars. Her areas of teaching and research include dance history, the evolution of ballet technique, and dance education/pedagogy.
Dr. Fisher-Stitt has served as Chair of the Department of Dance, director of the MA/PhD Program in Dance, associate dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, associate dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and associate vice-president of Academic Learning Initiatives at York University.
Areas of Research and Academic Specialty: Dance History, Ballet Technique, Dance Education