Lucia Ruedenberg-Wright

Lucia Ruedenberg-Wright came to New York in the 1970s to perform with Robert Wilson in Deafman Glance. She went on to study costume design at Lester Polakov's Studio for Stage Design in the West Village and completed her BA at Sarah Lawrence College in 1978, an MA in Dance Education and a Doctorate in Performance Studies from New York University in 1994. Lucia grew up in the university town of Ames, Iowa where she was introduced to much music and dance and assisted her mother who performed puppet shows in the schools and had a studio on Main Street. In New York, Lucia worked in many costume shops for Broadway, off-Broadway, the Shakespeare Festival and entertainers such as Bette Midler and Britney Spears. She designed for some off-broadway productions and dances.

In the 1980s, Lucia produced and performed her own material and has participated in Fieldwork retreats and seminars. Her doctoral work examined the performance of memory, particularly among Holocaust survivors and their children in New York City. After 911, she performed a monthly commemorative dance for one year at Dixon Place's open house. Her work branched out to include Internet Culture and Communications, consulting for technology in the arts-in-education with the Waterways poetry project in the schools and juvenile prisons. Lucia taught as an adjunct at Ben Gurion University and The Hebrew University in Israel, and at New York University.

Lucia started attending contra dances in New York City in the late 1990s and became interested in calling family dances in 2010, after the birth of her daughters, who were introduced to the form in arms and on her back. She and her husband, Randy Wright, have produced a family dance in Galilee, PA, Honesdale, PA and most recently in New York City. In addition to dancing and performing, Lucia is active in the traditional foodways community. She is education coordinator for the Traditional Nutrition Guild, and a chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation, organizing workshops and lectures in nutrient dense nutrition. Lucia enjoys playing the piano, drawing, gardening, caring for animals and homeschooling her daughters. She is delighted to team up with Henry Chapin for a series of family dances at 92Y. It is her vision to see an ongoing family dance take root in New York City.