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Leslie Satin

Part-time Faculty
(212) 998-7314
1 Wash Pl, Room 429

Office Hours
Wednesday (9-11 by appt), (2:30-6 by appt)
Friday (9-11 by appt), (2:30-6 by appt)

B.A. Theatre & English, SUNY Buffalo, 1973
M.A. Performance Studies, New York University, 1989
Ph.D. Performance Studies, New York University, 1997

Leslie Satin comes to her scholarly work through her professional experience as a choreographer and dancer as well as her graduate work in NYU's Department of Performance Studies. Her dances, interdisciplinary collaborations with other visual and performing artists, and workshops have been presented at many venues in New York City and elsewhere. Satin has taught and been a resident artist at Bard College, Fordham University/Ailey School, SUNY/Empire State College, and schools and studios in the US, Europe, Israel, and South America. She was a longtime member of the editorial board of Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory; she coedited a special issue, "Performing Autobiography." Her writing has appeared in Re-Inventing Dance in the 1960s: Everything Was Possible, Performing Arts Journal, Dance Research Journal, Theatre Journal, Dancing Times (UK), Gesto (Brazil), Moving Words: Dance Criticism in Transition, and other publications. Satin was honored with a 2015-2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award that recognizes educators for their outstanding teaching; their ability to inspire students; a pedagogical approach that is creative and rigorous; expert advising and mentoring skills; and contributions to their field. In 2010, Professor Satin received the Gallatin Adviser of Distinction Award. Since 2013, she has received several Gallatin Jewish Studies Grants for her scholarship and dance: exploring the relationships of dance to the writing of Georges Perec and--through travel to Israel--to space, place, and identity.

Teaching and Research Interests

dance and performance; performing and visual arts; choreography; gender and performance; assemblage art; scores and structures for performance; contemporary avant-garde; arts criticism, autobiography, and creative nonfiction

Recent News


Professor Leslie Satin received a 2017-2018 Jewish Studies Grant; her work, based on her experiences in Tel Aviv, will focus on urban social choreography and using movement practice to create a “personal cartography."

Satin received a 2015-2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established in 2009 to recognize educators for their outstanding teaching; their ability to inspire students; a pedagogical approach that is creative and rigorous; expert advising and mentoring skills; and contributions to their field. Professor Satin received a 2014-2015 Gallatin Jewish Studies Grant to support her work that has emerged from the writing of Georges Perec.


Leslie Satin contributed “Mother Tongue: Dance and Memory, an Autobiographical Excavation” to Popular Dance and Mediated Memory (Clare Parfitt-Brown, editor; Oxford University Press, 2019.

Satin contributed “Embodiment and Everyday Space: Dancing with Georges Perec” to Georges Perec’s Geographies; Perecquian Geographies (Charles Forsdick, Andrew Leak, Richard Phillips, editors; 2019).

Satin's recent essays include "Georges Perec and On Kawara: Endotic Extravagance in Literature, Art, and Dance" (Literary Geographies, 2017) and "Dancing in Place: Exhaustion, Embodiment, and Perec" (Dance Research Journal, 2015). Her writing has been published in many journals and edited collections, including Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Theatre Journal, Movement Research Performance Journal, Dancing Times (UK), Gesto (Brazil), Reinventing Dance in the 1960s: Everything was Possible (ed. Sally Banes, 2003), Moving Words: Re-Writing Dance (ed. Gay Morris, 1995).  


Satin presented “S/He’s Not There: Perec, Place, and Performing Autobiography” at the Jews and Jewishness in the Dance World Conference, which was held at Arizona State University, from October 13-15, 2018.

Satin presented “Walking, Dancing, and the Politics of ‘No: Conflicted Sites in Tel Aviv’” at Contra: Dance and Conflict, the Dance Studies Association Conference, which was held at the University of Malta, Valetta, Malta, from July 5-8, 2018.

Satin presented the paper and improvisational site dance workshop“The Tree in the Sky: Walking and Oranges in Tel Aviv,” a collaboration with Victoria Hunter, at the Urban Matters: New Materialism Conference, which was held at Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, from June 20-22, 2018.

Along with Victoria Hunter, Satin gave a Site Score presentation and scored group dance event, at the Artistic Doctorates in Europe Conference, which was held at University of Chichester, UK, from June 25-27, 2018.

Past conference presentations (papers, workshops, dances) include:

"Things Hanging in the Air: Scores, Attention, and Affect in Four Episodes," presented in an interdisciplinary panel/performance, "Scores and Mobile Encounters: Joining Dance Practice, Pedagogy, and Intimacy Across Space and Time," at the Dance Fields Conference, Roehampton University, England, in April 2017 and at the Between Spaces Symposium, University of Chichester, England, in June 2017; "Georges Perec and On Kawara: Endotic Extravagance in Literature, Art, and Dance," Perec's Geographies/Perecquian Geographies: Interdisciplinary Symposium, University of Sheffield, England, May 2016; "'Mother Tongue': Dance and Language, an Autobiographical Excavation," Muse of Modernity: Remembering, Mediating and Modernizing Popular Dance Symposium, University of London, April 2016; "Off Line: Feeling Dance," a paper within an interdisciplinary panel/performance, "Creative Spaces: Hidden Distances: Perecquian Perspectives," International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2015; "What Do You See?: Being Here, Seeing Here, A Dancing Eyeful," Performing Place Conference, University of Chichester, England, June 2015.  


Forthcoming essays and conference presentations (papers, workshops, dances) explore site-dance in Israel, social dance and mediated memory, dance and new materialism, and dance and Perecquian space. Satin frequently presents dances, dance/movement workshops, and interdisciplinary presentations as well as papers at international conferences sponsored by professional organizations and universities. She also presents dances in performance venues; her choreography and workshops have been presented at many locales in New York, the US, Israel, Europe, and South America.

Leslie Satin