Dr. LaVita's scholarly interests are in dance ethnology and dance history, folklore, performance, aesthetics and expressive culture, and the social science of technology, especially computing. Prof. LaVita spent six summers in Norway and Sweden studying traditional couple dancing, and was the recipient of a Norwegian Marshall Fund Grant to study there. He has been a research associate in the Department of Scandinavian Studies and the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley and also a visiting scholar at the University of Texas, Austin. He has studied, taught, lectured and written about traditional dance, its social settings, and its improvisatory techniques. He toured the United States for a number of years teaching Scandinavian couple dancing at a variety of workshops and camps.><br/>
He holds two doctorates, in applied mathematics (New York University, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences) and in anthropology (University of Texas, Austin) as well as an M.A. in Folklore (University of California, Berkeley).
He is currently artistic co-director of 3rd Law Dance/Theater, a modern dance/theater company which creates a unique and exciting brand of performance: dramatic soundscapes, moving imagery, thoughtful and engaging narration, vivid and imaginative costuming and lighting.
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