David Vaughan's The Dance Historian Is In, Online: The Dance Historian Is In with Arlene Yu on Ballroom Dancing

Date and Time
Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 1 - 2:30 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.
Event Details

This event will take place online via Zoom as well as in person at The Library for the Performing Arts.


Photo by Martha Swope

Join Arlene Yu, Director, Knowledge and Legacy at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and former Dance Division staff member, for a video journey through ballroom competition history. Sharing video clips from the 1960s to the present, Yu will discuss changes in the International Latin category over time, including technique, costume, hair and makeup, and gender pairings, to help increase understanding and deepen appreciation of the genre.

Arlene Yu is Director, Knowledge and Legacy at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She has presented on the history of dance as a discipline and subject for cataloging before the Society of American Archivists and on Asian American dance in the archives before the Dance Studies Association, and has also contributed a chapter to Asian American Librarians and Library Services: Activism, Collaborations, and Strategies. Arlene served on the board of the Society of Dance History Scholars, helping to lead the association through its merger with the Congress on Research in Dance to form the Dance Studies Association in 2017. She is a past panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has an MSILS from Pratt Institute and an AB in Social Studies from Harvard University.

Arlene is a two-time Blackpool and five-time World Championship amateur finalist, as well as the holder of five U.S. national amateur championships in three age categories in the International Latin discipline.

*A streaming link will be emailed to everyone on the morning of the event for those wishing to attend virtually.

Photo by Martha Swope

Assistive Listening and ASL
ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing accessibility@nypl.org.