Natalie Zervou

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Natalie Zervou

assistant professor

School of Education

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MADISON, WI 53706-1304

Natalie Zervou is a dance scholar and performer with PhD in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside, an MA in Dance Cultures: Histories and Practices from the University of Surrey (UK). She completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Athens (Greece), and earned Diploma in Dance and Dance Pedagogy from the Higher Professional Dance School Morianova Trasta (Greece).  

​Her research interests concern contemporary dance in Greece, during the recent socio-political and economic crisis and the ways that dancing bodies negotiate national identity construction in this fluctuating landscape. Her research has been supported by the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (Greece) and a Dissertation Year Fellowship from the University of California, Riverside.

As a performer, Zervou has trained in classical ballet and modern dance technique (Limón), as well as Greek folk dances and European character dance. She has choreographed and performed works in Greece, Britain, Amsterdam, and the USA and maintains an active artistic agenda, constantly experimenting with new media and art forms.


  • “Bodies of Silence and Resilience: Writing Marginality.” Congress on Research in Dance Conference Proceedings, 2015, pp 174-181.
  • “Appropriations of Hellenism: A Reconsideration of Early Twentieth-Century American Physical Culture Practices,”CHOROS International Dance Journal, 3 (Spring 2014), pp. 50–68.

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