Sima Belmar


  • 15 Dwinelle
  • Wednesday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Common Grounds (Dwinelle Hall Level F) and by appointment
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Sima Belmar earned her PhD in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her scholarly writing has been published in The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, TDR, and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies. For eight years, Sima was a dance critic for The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and has published dance writings in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, In Dance, and The Oakland Tribune. She has taught dance on film and television, dance history, performance theory, and modern dance technique at UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s College of California, Sonoma State University, Mills College, Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and IALS (Roma). Her research specialisms include Dance in Popular Film and Television, US Dance-Theater, Somatic Theory and Practice, Performance and Phenomenology, and Embodied Identity Politics.