Sima Belmar

Photo by Sophie Leininger / courtesy of ODC

Job title: 
Lecturer: Performance Studies

Sima Belmar earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from TDPS in 2015, and holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her scholarly writing has been published in The Journal of Dance and Somatic PracticesPerformance Matters, and the Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies (2016). Sima was a dance critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian from 1997-2003, and currently writes the monthly column "In Practice" for the Dancers' Group publication In Dance. She has also guest edited the Summer and Fall 2021 issues of In Dance. Sima is the Writer-in-Residence at ODC/SF and host of the podcast Dance Cast. She has taught dance on film and television, dance history, performance theory, modern dance technique, and college writing at several institutions including UC Berkeley, St. Mary's College of California, Sonoma State University, Mills College, Austin Peay State University, Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and IALS (Roma). Her research foci include the relationship between dance, talk, and gesture in North American concert dance, Dance in Popular Film and Television, Somatic Theory/Practice/Pedagogy, Performance and Phenomenology, and embodied research methods.

Research interests: 

Dance Studies, Performance Studies, College Writing