Mindy Aloff


Born Philadelphia, PA, Dec. 1947. Educated at Philadelphia H.S. for Girls, Vassar College (A.B. English, with art history and philosophy minors), and SUNY/​Buffalo (M.A. English, specializing in Medieval Literature). Married the poet Martin Steven Cohen, 1968; one daughter, Ariel Nikiya, b. 1985; div. 2000. Editor, journalist, essayist, and dance critic. Work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Nation, The New Republic, The Jewish Daily Forward, The Threepenny Review, and many other periodicals. Since 2000, have taught as an adjunct member of the Dance faculty at Barnard College. Fellow of the Guggenheim and Woodrow Wilson foundations. Whiting Writers Award, 1987.

Selected Works

Leaps in the Dark: Art and the World, by Agnes de Mille (ed.)
A reader by the choreographer Agnes de Mille, one of the great dance writers of the 20th century
Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation
Richly illustrated essays about the artmaking, themes, music, and live models of the dance sequences in historic Disney animated films
Dance Anecdotes
"A book which takes you past the curtain, not backstage, but into the very heart and soul of the dancer."
--Yvonne Marceau, Co-founder of the American Ballroom Theater and Associate Director of Dancing Classrooms

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