Lisa Traiger

An arts journalist since 1985, Lisa Traiger wrote the dance column for The Washington Post Weekend section from 1999 to 2014 and was a freelance dance critic at the Post from 1997 to 2006. She contributes to publications including Dance, Pointe, and Dance Teacher. She edits From the Green Room, Dance/USA’s online journal. As arts correspondent, her pieces on arts and culture appear regularly in Washington Jewish Week, where she has reported on Jewish drum circles, Israeli folk dance, Holocaust survivors, Jewish Freedom Riders, and Jewish American artists from Ben Shahn to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim to Y Love, Anna Sokolow to Liz Lerman. Her dance writing can also be read on the website D.C. DanceWatcher. She has written for Washingtonian, Bethesda, The Forward, Moment, Dance Studio Life, Stagebill, Sondheim Review, Asian Week, New Jersey Jewish News, and Atlanta Jewish Times. She received two Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Arts Criticism from the American Jewish Press Association; a 2009 shared Rockower for reporting; and in 2007 first-place recognition from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association. In 2003, Traiger was a New York Times Fellow in the Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. She holds an M.F.A. in choreography from the University of Maryland, College Park, and teaches dance appreciation at the University of Maryland and Montgomery College, Rockville. Traiger served as co-president of the Dance Critics Association and was a member of the advisory board of the Dance Notation Bureau from 2008-2009.