Accelerated Motion, towards a new dance literacy in America is a publically accessible, multi-dimensional dance literacy project that combines primary source materials with thought-provoking dance scholarship, offering a variety of sample classroom exercises and writing assignments to help both broaden and deepen how we think about dance today. The site is currently in use in arts and humanities courses in high schools and liberal arts colleges, and provides a dynamic model for the successful integration of theory and practice in the dance classroom.

Accelerated Motion 

was built by

Ann Cooper Albright                                                  Site Co-Director

Ann Dils                                                                         Site Co-Director

Miryam Coppersmith                                                 Research Assistant

Silvia Sheffield                                                             Research Assistant

Aaron Young                                                                Technical Assistant

with support from Alan Boyd, Allison Gallaher, Victoria Fortuna, the Oberlin College library and the Mellon Digital Scholarship grant.

The modules on the site were written by Ann Cooper Albright, Deidre Sklar, Katja Kolcio, Ann Dils and Hari Krishnan.

Additional writing by Ann Cooper Albright, Miryam Coppersmith and Silvia Sheffield.

The original Accelerated Motion project was initiated by Ann Cooper Albright and Ann Dils in the summer of 2005 with the support of a National Endowment for the Arts, and further funded by a grant from NITLE (National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education, 2007-2008).


Contributor Bios

Ann Dils, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is a dance historian with interests in movement analysis, feminist theory, and cultural studies.  Her most recent essay appears in the soon to be published Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater. A former faculty member in the Department of Dance and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Dils is a past editor of Dance Research Journal and past president of the Congress on Research in Dance.  Dils co-directs Accelerated Motion: Towards a New Dance Literacy.

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