Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

Shelley C. Berg 
Meadows School of the Arts  2021

Shelley C. Berg, professor of dance in Meadows School of the Arts, joined SMU in 1990. A former dancer with the Slovene National Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, she earned an M.A. in performing arts from American University and a Ph.D. in performance studies from New York University. At Meadows, she served as chair of the Division of Dance from 1996 to 1999 and as assistant dean for the University Curriculum from 2010 to 2013. Professor Berg is a noted dance historian who served as president of the Society of Dance History Scholars and on numerous national dance boards and panels, leading to significant historical reconstructions of classic masterworks. She is the author of numerous book reviews, book chapters, essays, conference papers and publications, including Le Sacre du Printemps : Seven Productions from Nijinsky to Martha Graham, the Dance Research Journal, Dance Research (UK) and Dance Chronicle. She has earned more than a dozen honors, grants and awards from national and federal foundations and organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts and Dance USA as well as a Ford Senior Research Fellowship from SMU. She retires as professor emerita of dance.