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Julie Malnig

Associate Professor
(212) 998-7311
1 Wash Pl, Room 406

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B.A., English, Douglass College, Rutgers University, Minor: Theatre Arts, 1977
M.A., Educational Theatre, New York University, 1980
Ph.D., Performance Studies, New York University, 1987

Julie Malnig is a cultural historian of theatre and dance performance. Her areas of interest include social and popular dance; the history of popular entertainments; performance art; feminist performance and criticism; and performance writing. Among her courses at Gallatin are “Writing about Performance; Gender and Performance;” the Proseminar “Text and Performance;” and the Master’s Thesis Seminar “Visual and Performing Arts.” She is the author of Dancing Till Dawn: A Century of Exhibition Ballroom Dance (NYU Press, 1995) and the editor of Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader (University of Illinois Press, 2009). Several of her publications which examine dance in the early 20th century, have focused on social dance and class; media, advertising, and early dance publications; and the intersections of early feminism, the female body, and dance. She is currently preparing a manuscript on dance and youth culture of the 1950s. Her recent essays include “All Is Not Right in the House of Atreus: Feminist Theatrical Renderings of The Oresteia” in the collection Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works (McFarland, 2008) and “Exotica and Ethereality, The Solo Art of Maud Allan” to On Stage Alone: Soloists and the Modern Dance Canon, eds. Claudia Gitelman and Barbara Palfy, (University Press of Florida, 2014). From 1999 to 2003, Professor Malnig served as editor of Dance Research Journal, an international scholarly publication in dance studies published by the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), and she also served as the editorial board chair of CORD from 2003 to 2006. She is currently chair of the Gallatin Interdisciplinary Arts Program. She was awarded the 2010 Gallatin School Excellence in Teaching Award.  

Edited Volumes


Julie Malnig's Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake

Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader, edited by Julie Malnig, was published by University of Illinois Press.



Dancing Till Dawn

Julie Malnig's Dancing Till Dawn: A Century of Exhibition Ballroom Dance was published by New York University Press.

Teaching and Research Interests

performance studies, dance and theatre history, theory, and criticism; social dance; early 20th-century American culture and the arts; feminist performance and criticism; performance art; critical writing  

Recent News


Professor Julie Malnig has received a 2018 fellowship from the Center for Ballet and the Arts, the international institute at NYU for scholars and artists of ballet and its related arts and sciences in support of her book project Reality Show: American Teen Dance and the Cold War. As a part of her Fall 2018 fellowship at Center for Ballet and the Arts, Malnig presented "Rock and Roll, Race, and the Cold War," at CBA, New York University, October 22, 2018.   


Malnig contributed "Parading the Past, Taming the New: From Ragtime to  Rock and Roll," to Dancing to Remember, Dancing to Forget: Cultural Memory and Popular Dance, which is forthcoming from Palgrave in 2019.

Malnig's article "Just Kids: Youth, Community, and Race in Televised Teen Dance Programs of the 1950s" was published in the anthology Perspectives on American Dance: The Twentieth Century (University Press of Florida, 2018), edited by Sally Sommer, Trisha Henry Young, and Jen Atkins.


Julie Malnig, along with Lise Friedman and Patricia Beaman, were invited to the NYU Gallatin symposium “The Alchemy and the Effort of Restaging Dance,” on September 24 and 25, 2020.

Malnig was invited as the keynote speaker at “Higher Ground: Mediating Popular Dance Histories,” for the Annual Performance of PoP (Performance of the Popular) Moves Conference in Toronto, Canada, on April 9, 2020.  

Along with Lise Friedman, Julie Malnig organized a screening of Friedman's film If the Dancer Dances, a film that follows the Stephen Petronio Dance Company's performance of Merce Cunningham's "Rain Forest", which was held at the Greenwich Village Quad Theatre in April 2019. The event included a panel discussion with the dancers and filmmakers and moderated by Malnig.

Malnig organized the lecture and will moderate discussion featuring noted scholar and dance dramaturg Nanako Nakajimo and choreographer Yvonne Rainer, "No(h) to Trio A: Dance Dramaturgy of Aging in a Performative Exhibition of Yvonne Rainer's Work," which was held at NYU Gallatin on January 28, 2019.

Malnig presented paper at Center for Ballet and the Arts seminar, "Rock n Roll Dance, Race, and the Cold War," on October 15, 2018.

Julie Malnig