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Juliet McMains

Ph.D., Professor
Portrait of Juliet McMains

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(206) 616-0931
Meany 260
Office Hours: 
W 11am-12pm, Email or check syllabus to get ZOOM link.


Juliet is a dance scholar and artist whose work centers on social dance practices and their theatrical expression on competition and theatrical stages. Her first book, Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry (Wesleyan, 2006) won the 2008 Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) Outstanding Publication Award. Juliet has also published articles on rumba, salsa, swing, and ballroom dance, all genres in which she has choreographed, performed, and danced socially for many years. Her latest book, Spinning Mambo into Salsa: Caribbean Dance in Global Commerce (Oxford University Press, 2015) is a history of salsa and mambo dancing (more info at Juliet's most recent passion is Argentine tango, which she dances, teaches, performs, and researches in the U.S. and Argentina. In addition to her rigorous training and experience in partner dance forms (ballroom dance, salsa, swing, tango, and contact improvisation), Juliet has extensive training in ballet, modern/contemporary, jazz, and AfroCuban folklore. She won numerous titles as a competing DanceSport professional, including being twice named a U.S. National Rising Star finalist. She served on the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) Board of Directors from 2008-2011. Juliet has a Ph.D. in Dance History and Theory from the University of California at Riverside and a B.A. in Women's Studies from Harvard University. In the UW Dance Program, she teaches courses in cross cultural dance studies, research methods, dance ethnography, salsa, tango, swing, and ballroom dance.  She was appointed as a Donald E. Petersen Endowed Fellow for 2013-2016.  More info at:

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Summer 2018 Full-term

Summer 2017 Full-term

Summer 2016 Full-term

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