Kate Spanos, Ph.D. is a dancer and dance scholar from Washington, DC who has been practicing Irish dance since childhood. She also practices jazz, capoeira and Afro-Brazilian dances, Afrobeats, and traditional West African dance. As a scholar, her research focuses on dance, music, and festival in Ireland, the Eastern Caribbean, and Brazil, and she is interested in “dances of resistance” from cultures around the world. Her doctoral dissertation from the University of Maryland was about masquerades and carnival culture on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and she received her Master’s in Traditional Irish Dance Performance from the University of Limerick. Last year, she completed a postdoctoral Fulbright U.S. Scholar project about frevo dance in Recife, Brazil.
Project Sites: Montserrat Rhythms and Frevo
Article: “Dancing the Archive: Rhythms of Change in Montserrat’s Masquerade Dance“