Nancy Stark Smith is a dancer, performer, and writer interested in the study and exploration of modern and postmodern dance practices. After graduating from Oberlin College, she moved to New York City and began exploring Contact Improvisation. In 1975 she founded Contact Quarterly, an international journal for dance and improvisation for which she continues to write and edit. Throughout her career she has collaborated with Julyen Hamilton, Karen Nelson, and musician Mike Vargas among many others. Stark Smith participated in a pilot version of Perfect Lives (Private Parts) staged at The Kitchen in 1979 by Robert Ashley and his collaborators. For more information, please visit