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Dancer with Hoop

Emily Wilcox

Advisory Board

Williamsburg, VA

Dr. Emily Wilcox is a specialist in Asian and Asian diaspora dance studies with a focus on dance in China and Chinese diasporas in the 20th and 21st centuries. Trained as an ethnographer, historian, dancer, and performance theorist, Wilcox employs interdisciplinary methodologies that bridge field research, archival approaches, and movement analysis. Wilcox’s work spans the 1920s to the present and addresses multiple dance forms, including Asian classical and folk dance, popular dance, ballet, and modern and postmodern dance. Thematically, her work focuses on the intersection between dance and leftist politics, the construction and circulation of national dance forms, and dance as a medium for cultural diplomacy and cross-cultural exchange. As a dance scholar working within the interdisciplinary context of Asian studies, Wilcox advocates anticolonial approaches that decenter Euro-American perspectives and engage in historical and cultural contextualization grounded in original-language primary source research. She publishes in both English and Chinese.

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