Anne Louise von Bibra joined the St. Olaf dance faculty in 1987 after completing her Masters in Dance with a specialization in Ethnology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has conducted field work in Germany, specifically in the region known as Franconia, located in the northern half of the state of Bavaria. Her master’s thesis, entitled “Continuity and Change in the Dance Events of Two Lower-Franconia Villages in the Twentieth Century,” was based on this research. Anne also has a special interest in Balkan, Hungarian, Indonesian, and Scandinavian dance, although she is interested in dance from all cultures. Before moving to Minnesota, Anne performed with Avaz International Dance Theatre and Karpathok Hungarian Folk Dance Ensemble in Los Angeles. She has been a dancer with the Minneapolis-based Ethnic Dance Theater since 1988, and is a resident choreographer for that ensemble, having created several pieces for the company. Anne is also an active performer of Javanese dance in Sumunar Gamelan and Dance Ensemble in St. Paul. At St. Olaf College, Anne teaches technique classes in Ballroom Dance, International Dance and American Dance Traditions as well as a theory class which combines classroom and studio experiences entitled World Dance Traditions. In 1989 she founded Veselica, an international dance ensemble at St. Olaf College. The company performs dances from a variety of dance cultures, a sampling of which includes Armenia, Bolivia, Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Norway, Romania and Russia.  Anne is a member of the the Congress on Research in Dance and the Study Group on Ethnochoreology of the International Council for Traditional Music. She is the Secretary/Treasurer of the study group’s board and recently served on the Program Committee for the ICTM’s 2017 World conference.  Anne’s research interests include dance transmission, particularly within Asian-American dance companies, continuity and change in dance events in Germany and the use and misuse of folk-dance in political contexts.