Sagolla, Lisa Jo (ls350)

Lisa Jo Sagolla

Adjunct Associate Professor

Office Location:

444H Macy Macy

Office Hours:

By Appointment.

TC Affiliations:

Educational Background

Ed.D., Art and Art Education. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York. (1992)


M.A., Dance and Dance Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York.  (1986)


B.A., Music Education and Government, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.  (1980)

Scholarly Interests

Integrated arts genres; the Broadway musical; dance; physical theatre; American social history, popular culture and entertainment.

Selected Publications

“Dance.” In The Routledge Handbook to the Culture and Media of the Americas (Routledge/Ashgate). 2020.


Rock ‘n’ Roll Dances of the 1950s. 2011. Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO.

“Dancing to Sinatra: The Partnership Between Music and Movement in Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite.”  In Frank Sinatra: The Man, The Music, and the Legend. 2007. University of Rochester Press. 

“Politics in Choreography: The Political Statements of Italian-American Modern Dancers.”  In Italian-American Politics: Local, Global/Cultural, Personal.  2005.  (Selected essays from the 31st annual conference of the American Italian Historical Association, Fall 1998, New York, New York.)

“5-6-7-8! Tips for Terps Auditioning for Musicals.” In The Back Stage Actor’s Handbook. 2004. Back Stage Books.

The Girl Who Fell Down: A Biography of Joan McCracken. 2003. Northeastern University Press. (Finalist, Theatre Library Association’s GEORGE FREEDLEY MEMORIAL AWARD for outstanding book in the area of theatre or live performance.)

“Gwen Verdon.” In American National Biography Supplement 1, 2002.  Oxford University Press.

“Peter Gennaro.” In American National Biography Online, 2002. Oxford University Press.

“Teaching the Past: A Lesson for Making Dance History Come Alive.” In Dance Teacher, October 2000.

“Carol Haney.”  “Joan McCracken.”  “Ron Field.” “Julian Mitchell.” “Frank ‘Killer Joe’ Piro.”  In American National Biography. 1999. Oxford University Press.

“Busby Berkeley.” “Vincente Minnelli.” “Rockettes.” “Tap Dancing.” “Edward Villella.”  In Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. 1999. St. James Press.

“Dance.” “Edward Villella.” “Michael Bennett.” “Peter Gennaro.” In The Italian American Experience: An Encyclopedia. 1999. Garland Publishing (Taylor & Francis, Inc.). “Dance” also presented at New York City Fieri Society meeting, 1995.

“Angiola Sartorio.” In The International Dictionary of Modern Dance. 1998. St. James Press.

 “The Influence of Modern Dance on American Musical Theatre Choreography of the 1940s.” In Dance: Current Selected Research, Volume 2, Fall 1990.

Web Presence

Numerous articles and reviews posted on, and

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