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ICKL Vice Chair, 2019-2021
She serves as Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Director of Ohio State University’s Urban Arts Space, and Executive Director of The Arts Initiative overseeing the institution-to-institution partnership between Royal Shakespeare Company and Ohio State, and the Town and Gown Advisory Committee for the Arts. She is Professor of Dance, received her BFA from The Juilliard School, her MFA and PhD from Texas Woman’s University, is a Certified Professional Notator and Teacher, and ICKL Fellow. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City, New York; International Council of Kinetography Laban Labanotation; and Opera Columbus.
Lynne Weber serves as Executive Director of the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City, New York, and is Certified Professional Notator and Teacher of Labanotation; Certified Movement Analyst; BFA in Dance, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; MBA from the Wharton School and MSE in Computer Science at University of Pennsylvania, notator of 15 works including Joffrey, Massine, Posin, Wagoner, Sokolow, and full-evening length Sleeping Beauty. Danced professionally with Milwaukee Ballet Company and other ballet, modern, opera, and operetta companies. Choreographed for the Public Theater. Managed consulting projects at (now) KPMG and was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs.
ICKL Research Panel Member, 2016-2019
Victoria Watts, Chair of Dance at Cornish College of the Arts and newly elected as a Fellow, is a dance educator, scholar and activist whose professional engagements have spanned Europe, North America, and Australia. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University, an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, and a BA (Hons) Dance in Society from the University of Surrey. She is certified to Advanced level in Labanotation and Benesh Movement Notation. Her doctoral thesis combined her interests in visual culture and theories of embodiment with a comparative analysis of four scores of Balanchine’s Serenade in an investigation of the ways movement notation systems encode changes in embodied subjectivity. She has published on notation in Dance Research and Dance Chronicle.
Judy Van Zile is Professor Emerita of Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She holds advanced and teacher certification in Labanotation, and is a Fellow of ICKL. Her research, which often includes Labanotation scores, focuses on dance in Asia (particularly Korea), movement analysis, and issues of identity. She has presented at national and international conferences, and has published widely in books and journals. Her volume Perspectives on Korean Dance (2001) was recognized with a 2003 Outstanding Publication Award from the Congress on Research in Dance, and in 2017 she received a special award from the Korean Dance Critics Society for research on Korean dance and for work to disseminate information about Korean dance outside of Korea.
ICKL Research Panel Member, 2016-2019
Born in Taiwan in 1970, began classic and Chinese traditional dance at an early age. She studied at the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan then went in France to study Kinetography Laban at Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP), with teacher Jacqueline Challet-Haas and tutor Marion Bastien. She graduated in 1997. She currently is a Laban notator with one of the top dance companies in Taiwan, the Neo-Classic Dance Company, led by Liu Feng-Shueh. Since 1997, she has notated for the company historic reconstructions of ancient dance from the Tang Dynasty (The Joy of Drinking a Toast, PaTou) and modern artistic creations (The Rite of Spring, Ambushed From All Sides, Spark, Figurines, Vast desert, solitary smoke rises straight). Tsui has been an ICKL member since 1995 and a Fellow since 2011.
Dancer and teacher, she has been teaching Kinetography Laban at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse of Paris since 2000, after her own studies with Jacqueline Challet-Haas in the 1990s. She has been a Somatic Movement Educator in Body Mind Centering® since 2012. She builds different projects dealing with notation with her company Labkine (www.labkine.com), making bridges between creation, research and pedagogy. She has realized in collaboration with Lise Daynac two DVD to give a global approch of the Laban system to all people interested by motion study, by its analysis, its exploration and its interpretation. She is Fellow of ICKL.
Shelly Saint-Smith MFA, BA (Hons), is a Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in London. She has been actively involved with ICKL since 2005; she became a Fellow of ICKL in 2006 and served as Chair of the Research Panel from 2008 to 2011. Shelly has presented her own research at the 2007, 2011 and 2013 ICKL conferences, as well as in the UK and Europe. Shelly studied Labanotation and directing from score at the University of Birmingham, UK, and The Ohio State University. She is Programme Manager of the MA in Education (Dance Teaching) at the RAD, teaches notation and Laban studies to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and directs excerpts from dance works for undergraduate modules in performance. She also works with the Dance Notation Bureau as a mentor for Advanced Labanotation students completing their score reading projects in London. In 2010 she was awarded funding to begin the process of documenting and preserving the RAD’s Karsavina Syllabus and is currently notating the fundamentals of flying trapeze.
Rhonda Ryman is now Professor Emerita, University of Waterloo, Canada, having taught courses in Dance Notation and Reconstruction (Benesh and Laban), Kinesiology, Pedagogy, History, and Appreciation (1975-2010). Advanced Certification in Labanotation (1983); Fellow of ICKL (1989); Research Panel (Member 1989-1993, 1995-1999; Chair 1992-3). Labanotation Specialist (Canadian International Development Association Agency) SEAMEO SPAFA (Singapore, March 2-28, 1991; Bangkok, Thailand, April-May, 1993; Singapore, May 3-30, 1995). Consultant, LabanDancer Project, DNB (2002-2005). Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Dance, York University (1995-2020). Current research uses DanceForms animations to represent ballet movements and repertoire (Ballet Moves II www.charactermotion.com) and to teach Benesh Movement Notation (Benesh for Ballet Books 1 (itunes.apple.com/us/book/id858252059) and II(itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1059244734).
ICKL Research Panel Member, 2018-2021
Leslie Rotman has notated 24 dances and staged over 20 productions from score. Her notation credits include 4 works by George Balanchine, 3 works by Antony Tudor, 5 works by Laura Dean and dances by other notable choreographers such as Mary Wigman, Martha Graham, and Murray Louis. Several of her scores have undergone the rare DNB certification process, during which she was privileged to have worked through the rigorous theoretical checking with distinguished notators Ann Hutchinson Guest, Mária Szentpál, Muriel Topaz, Odette Blum, Ray Cook and Ilene Fox. On the staging side, Leslie has set works for prominent companies such as Hamburg Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Rose Ballet of Tokyo and Kansas City Ballet as well as for many universities and regional companies. Leslie was with the DNB for 24 years, eventually becoming Director of Staging. She taught all levels of Labanotation including Advanced Theory and Professional Notator Training. She was head of The Antony Tudor Project and co-chair of the Artistic Advisory Committee. Leslie is a Certified Professional Notator, holds a BA from Adelphi University and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.