Historical Dance Program,
Faculty



Kaspar D. Mainz. After appearing professionally as a ballet dancer in numerous European theatres and opera houses, Kaspar Mainz continued his studies in dance pedagogy and choreography, specializing in the reconstruction and choreography of historical dance forms. He has appeared in more than 600 theatrical performances in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. He has performed with the ensemble Il Giardino Armonico on Music of the French Baroque DVD. Mr. Mainz has taught historical dance and theatrical dance to ballet dancers, choreographers and teachers at various venues including Salzburg University, University of Leipzig, University of Graz and Tokai University (Tokyo, Japan). He currently teaches at the Hochschule für Musik und Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig. Mr. Mainz was a contributing author on dance in the new leading publication for music pedagogy: Dreiklang. Musik 9/10 (edited by Dr. Georg Maas and Dr. Ines Mainz), published in 2013 by Cornelsen Verlag, Berlin. He is the Artistic Director of the Deliciæ Theatrales, a group that specializes in theater, dance and music performances for children. In the United States, Mr. Mainz has presented numerous workshops and performances in historical dance, and taught at the Amherst Early Music Festival (1999-2009). His reconstruction of Beauchamp’s Sarabande was presented at a dance conference in London in 1996, and published in the Derra de Moroda Festschrift in 1997. He has co-authored (with Dorothy Olsson) seven books on historical dance, and is the Artistic Director of the New York Historical Dance Company (www.newyorkhistoricaldance.com).

 
Dorothy Olsson received her B. M. in Music Education, major in Bassoon, from the Crane School of Music (State University College at Potsdam, NY), and her Master of Music in Musicology from Manhattan School of Music. She completed her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University, with a dissertation on early twentieth-century dance, entitled Arcadian Idylls; Dances of Early Twentieth-Century American Pageantry. For ten years, she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance Education at New York University. Dr. Olsson’s article on “Seventeenth-Century Dance” appears in A Performer’s Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music (ed. Stewart Carter, Schirmer Books); a second edition of this volume was published in 2012. Dorothy is the founder and director of The New York Historical Dance Company (www.newyorkhistoricaldance.com), a group of dancers devoted to the study, recreation and performance of dances from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Costumed in period clothing, the company performs social and theatrical dances from Europe and America. The company has performed with Piffaro, Parthenia—A Consort of Viols, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, and the New Dance Group. Most recently, the company presented a lecture-demonstration on Renaissance dance at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Dr. Olsson has given numerous workshops in historical dance and has choreographed for the Stony Brook Opera, Folger Consort, Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, Mannes Camerata (Mannes College of Music), Wake Forest University and Princeton University. Dorothy has choreographed for and/or directed several historical theatrical productions at the Amherst Early Music Festival and at the Country Dance and Song Society Early Music Week. Dr. Olsson has co-authored (with Kaspar D. Mainz) seven books on historical dance. Most recently she has taught Baroque dance at Tokai University in Tokyo, Japan.