A performer, choreographer and feminist scholar, Ann Cooper Albright is Professor of dance at Oberlin College. Combining her interests in dancing and cultural theory, she is involved in teaching a variety of dance, performance studies and gender studies courses that seek to engage students in both practices and theories of the body. She is the author of Traces of Light: Absence and Presence in the Work of Loie Fuller (2007); Choreographing Difference: the Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance (1997) and co-editor of Moving History/Dancing Cultures(2001) and Taken By Surprise: Improvisation in Dance and Mind (2003), all from Wesleyan University Press. Her work has been funded (among others) by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Camargo Foundation, and the Ohio Council for the Arts, from which she has received five Excellence in the Arts Awards, the most recent in 2009. Ann is the founding director of Girls in Motion an after school program for middle school girls, and co-director (with Ann Dils) of a web-based teaching initiative entitled: Accelerated Motion: Towards a New Dance Literacy in America, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and NITLE. Most recently, she joined the British Screendance Network which is funded by an AHRC grant.