Beth Genné is a historian of dance and of art, with a Ph.D. in the History of Art and postdoctoral study in the History of Dance. Her specialties are twentieth century ballet in America and Europe, and dance in the American musical film. She focuses, in her work, on the synergy of music, art and dance and on the historical context of the works she studies. She holds a joint appointment in the Arts and Ideas Concentration of the Residential College in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Her next book, to be published by Oxford University Press, is a study of the contributions of Fred Astaire, George Balanchine and Gene Kelly to American musical film. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, she taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.