Barbara Sellers-Young

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Barbara Sellers-Young

Barbara Sellers-Young is a professor in Dance Department at York University with an international research profile in the fields of dance, theatre and performance. Her interest in all forms of art and diverse performance styles informs her research on the moving body and globalization, which has taken her to Sudan, Egypt, Nepal, Japan, China, England and Australia.

Dr. Sellers-Young’s publications include

Contributor to the Belly Dance Reader Volumn 1

Her research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Centre for Cultural Research into Risk at the Charles Sturt University in Australia as well as a Davis Humanities Fellowship. Other research awards include a Pacific Rim Planning Grant and a Video Development Grant from the Teaching Resources Center and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

Dr. Sellers-Young was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University in July 2008. She was previously a professor and former Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, Davis, where she taught for more than 15 years. She has also taught at universities in England, China and Australia.

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Barbara Sellers-Young

  • A Refuge for Innovation, Tribal Fest 2014
    Although Tribal Fest is a live on stage, face-to-face event, it is the danced realization of a world in which the technological flows of transportation and communication bring images and bodies into correspondence with each other, and through the form create new images that move a global popular culture dialogue forward.
  • Delilah, Women, Nature and the Body
    This belief in the force of the earth is central to Delilah's approach to teaching belly dance.
  • Serena Wilson (1933-2007) A Student of Ruth St. Denis, Part 1: Childhood
    Serene Blake was born in the Bronx on Aug. 8, 1933 into a Vaudeville family of performers called Blake & Blake. Her mother sang and her father played the banjo. Her childhood and adolescent years intersected with the Vaudeville stage, on which she often appeared with her parents in the 1930s.
  • Serena Wilson (1933-2007) A Student of Ruth St Denis, Part 2: Salome and Her Impact
    When suited to the context, she also had no hesitation in using the term belly dance as she considered the dance as evolving as an Americanized version based on primarily Middle Eastern as opposed to North African influences.
  • Serena Wilson (1933-2007) A Student of Ruth St Denis, Part 3: Serena's Books
    Serena’s approach saw women as joyful, soft, and feminine. They were responsible for and in control of their sensuality and by extension their sexuality. The dancers were not encouraged to challenge men by their physical presence, but neither was their physical presence and personal desire controlled by men.
  • Tamalyn Dallal's DVD- 40 Days and 1001 Nights,
    Thus, the film did expand my visual awareness. Now, did it deepen or extend my understanding of what that diversity implied? My response would have to be no.
  • Academics and Belly Dance, Two Books Review
    Belly Dance: Orientalism, Transnationalism & Harem Fantasy edited by Anthony Shay and Barbara Sellers-Young & Choreographic Politics: State Folk Dance Companies, Representation, and Power by Anthony Shay