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Caroline Shadle

MA Candidate - Dance Studies

Caroline began as a pre-professional ballet student in Chicago and went on to become a leader of the dance community at Wesleyan University, where she earned a BA in American Studies and English. In her professional life, Caroline has worked as an arts administrator at institutions including The Joyce Theater, The Kennedy Center, and at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She joins the Gallatin graduate program with the aim of exploring how she can contribute to the study, exploration, and advancement of ballet as an art form.

Focusing on dance history, arts journalism and criticism, and dance pedagogy, Caroline will take dancer and choreographer Ruth Page—at whose Chicago dance school Caroline trained for over a decade—as her main focus of study. A Dean’s Scholar at Gallatin, Caroline will examine how Page contributed to the development of ballet in America, within the context of other American female ballet choreographers. She will investigate questions about the interaction of ballet ecosystems in Chicago and New York, as well as the ballet world’s continued intersections with issues of gender- and race-based power structures and hierarchies, and ever-evolving social landscapes.


Caroline Shadle