Ariel Osterweis is on faculty at The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts, where she teaches critical dance studies and performance studies courses. She has also taught at Skidmore College, Wayne State University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Osterweis earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley and her B.A. in Anthropology at Columbia University. Her book manuscript, Body Impossible: Desmond Richardson and the Politics of Virtuosity (Oxford University Press), examines issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality in contemporary dance. Osterweis is developing her next monograph, Prophylactic Aesthetics: Latex, Spandex, and Sexual Anxieties Performed, as well as a book of interviews called Disavowing Virtuosity, Performing Aspiration: Dance and Performance Interviews (Routledge). Her publications appear in Dance Research Journal, TDR/The Drama Review, Women and Performance, e-misférica, Theatre Survey, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Choreographies of 21st Century Wars (OUP, 2016). Having trained at San Francisco Ballet School, the Martha Graham School, and The Ailey School on full scholarship, Osterweis danced professionally with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Mia Michaels R.A.W., and Heidi Latsky. She has also choreographed works, served as dramaturg for John Jasperse and Narcissister, and most recently performed with Julie Tolentino. Osterweis currently lives in Los Angeles.