Sally Banes is one of the leading dance historians in the United States. With such works as Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage and Democracy's Body: Judson Dance Theatre 1962-1964, she details the history of dance and explores issues of representation and movement in the art of dancing. She also examines the influence and aspects of feminist ideology related to dance. Banes graduated from New York University and was involved in the theatre in the 1970s and 1980s. She has worked as a critic for the Soho Weekly News and the Village Voice. Banes is the Hannah Winter Professor of Theatre History and Dance Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.