lives in New York City, where she writes about dance and other things worth looking at.
I think I’m best known, nationally and internationally, for my writing about dance. Much of this work appeared in Dance magazine (where I also edited the criticism for nearly a decade) and in New York magazine (where I served as the journal’s dance critic for 22 years). I have also reviewed dance regularly for the Village Voice. Currently, I am the New York-based dance critic for Bloomberg News and contribute frequent feature stories to the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times.
My involvement with dance has extended to major oral history projects as well as to writing for the public television series Dance in America and Live from Lincoln Center. In 1992, I was awarded a Danish knighthood in recognition of my extensive writing and oral history project on the Royal Danish Ballet and its Bournonville tradition.
In the course of a parallel career in writing for children, I’ve published over two dozen books, most recently “Wishes for You” (2003), “Serendipity” (2000), and “A World of Words” (1999). For adults I have written “Obsessed by Dress” (2000), a meditation on clothes. I also write about vintage objects, chiefly in the realms of fashion, photography, and designs for living.