Sally Banes

Dance historian (1950-2020)

Sally Rachel Banes (October 9, 1950 – June 14, 2020) was an American dance historian, writer, and critic.[1][2] She was born in Silver Spring, Maryland

Sally Banes
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Born9 October 1950
Died14 June 2020(2020-06-14) (aged 69)


Banes first worked for the Chicago Reader starting in 1973. She was a dance critic for the Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News and Dance Magazine.

She worked as an editor for the Dance Research Journal from 1982 to 1988.

Banes died on June 14, 2020 from ovarian cancer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of 69.[3]


  1. "Sally Banes". Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
  2. Banes, Sally (2007). Before, between, and beyond. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 978-0-299-22154-6.
  3. In Memoriam: Sally Banes, A New Kind of Dance Writer (1950-2020)