About Anne Searcy

Anne Searcy (CBA ’17) is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. She researches the intersections of music, politics, and dance, and she is particularly interested in the question of how the performing arts influence social, political, and economic systems. Dr. Searcy is working on a book, Ballet in the Cold War: A Soviet-American Exchange, currently under contract with Oxford University Press. The book will analyze the American and Soviet cultural diplomacy programs, focusing on tours by the Bolshoi Ballet in the United States and by American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet in the Soviet Union. Dr. Searcy holds a Ph.D. in music from Harvard University and a B.A. in history and music from Swarthmore College. In 2015 she was awarded an Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship by the American Musicological Society. Her article “The Recomposition of Aram Khachaturian’s Spartacus at the Bolshoi Theater, 1958–1968” appeared in The Journal of Musicology, and she has presented papers at the meetings of the International Musicological Society, the American Musicological Society, the Society of Dance History Scholars, and the Society for American Music.

Ballet in the Cold War: A Soviet-American Exchange

During her time at CBA, Searcy worked on a book manuscript about the exchange of Soviet and American ballet troupes for cultural diplomacy during the Cold War.

The Fellowship for the Study of Russia and Ballet is a collaboration between The Center for Ballet and the Arts and the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.The jointly sponsored fellowship is designed to support scholars working on a topic that relates to both Russia and ballet.