Mary Fogarty Woehrel is Associate Professor of Dance and Graduate Program Director (MA/PhD) in Dance Studies at York University. She is a member of KeepRockinYou arts collective and the Toronto B-Girl Movement. Fogarty has been a consultant on international projects devoted to archiving and documenting hip hop culture, and projects devoted to the development of hip hop theatre. Fogarty is the Chair of the North American node of PoP Moves, a network of scholars that research popular dance. Fogarty has chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular ScreenMovies, Moves and Music: The Sonic World of Dance Films (co-editor), the Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition, The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music, and Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music: Style and Identity. She has written about the professional experiences of local dancers (Equity), accounted for the lives of b-girls in Canada (The Dance Current), and collaborated with neuroscientists to study what happens when dancers imagine dancing to (un)familiar music.

Her new project is about posture in performance and everyday life. The first publication will be a study of punk posturing in the Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock.

Forthcoming publications:

Co-editor of Performance Matters special edition on dance with Alana Gerecke

Editor of Contemporary Music Review special edition on dance

Co-Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Hip-Hop Dance with Imani Kai Johnson

Chapter about audiences’ comparative judgements online for a book about Beyoncé [chapter ready to print]

Chapter about the local history of Toronto’s b-boy scene (and rethinking how dance histories get framed) for a book about Canadian hip-hop [chapter ready to print]






Academic Articles


Upcoming Events


I will be giving the Schlundt Lecture and keynote for Show&Prove Hip Hop Conference on Dec 7th, 2018:


Past Events


Mary Fogarty is on sabbatical from 2017-2018 so may be slower than usual to respond.

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