B.A., Anthropology, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
M.A. Performance Studies, Northwestern University
M.A., African Studies, Northwestern University
Ph.D., Performance Studies, Northwestern University
T.C.R.G., Certified Irish Dance Teacher, Irish Dancing Commission
David Meyer is a dance ethnographer and historian. His current research is in Celtic dance forms, and he is a certified Irish Dancing teacher (T.C.R.G.) with the Irish Dancing Commission, Dublin. He was Convenor of Dance Studies at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1999-2008. He has researched and written about popular dance and global dance forms including studies of voguing in New York, striptease in Milwaukee, Neo-Egyptian dance in Las Vegas, tourist performances in Bali, male bellydancing in Sydney, dancing in the Bori cult of northern Nigeria, Irish dancing globally, and tap dance in antebellum America. His writings on dance and the performing body have appeared in Dance Research Journal, High Performance, TDR: The Drama Review, Performance Research, Public, Text & Performance Quarterly, Theatre Annual, Theatre Journal, and Women & Performance. He is represented in such anthologies as Gender in Performance (1992), Queer Cinema (2004), Performance Analysis (2001), Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance (1998). His books include The Politics and Poetics of Camp (1994, 2011), An Archaeology of Posing (2010), ModERIN: Darrah Carr Contemporary Irish Dance Works (forthcoming 2013), and Irish Dance: The Celtic Tradition (forthcoming 2013).