Proquest Genderwatch database gets 3 hits for the search: women choreographer*, including 'Women Dancers Don't Lead: Gender inequities inform world of dance' by Mayers, Dara. Women's Times. Great Barrington: Jul 31, 2001. Vol. 8, Iss. 10; p. 4 . The search: choreographer* and (hiv or aids) gets 84 hits, including that one, but no others that seem helpful.
In Women’s Studies International (Ebsco) the search: women choreographer* gets 36 hits, but nothing closer to this subject than a dissertation: "The Emerging Prominence of Women Choreographers in the American Musical Theatre: A History and Analysis", By: Graves, Kerry Lee. Dissertation Abstracts International. Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences, April 2002, Vol. 62 Issue 10, p3241-3241, 231p. None of the 3 hits for: women and choreograph* and (hiv or aids) seem to relate the epidemic to trends in women as choreographers. In the Women and Contemporary Issues database, the 28 hits for: women and choreograph* and (hiv or aids) are similarly very unpromising.
I am trying to find out if more women choreographers became established during the height of the US aids pandemic, roughly 1984-1996, then before or after. I came to ask this question because when looking for a topic to write a graduate application paper and read Judith Lynne Hanna's artice "Patterns of Dominance: Men, Women, and Homosexuality in Dance." in _Homosexuality and Homosexuals in the Arts_, Wayne Dynes, Stephen Donaldson, eds. Garland Publishing 1992 pp198-223. This paper described that while women make up the overwhelming majority of dancers, the upper levels of managers and choreographers and star dancers are generally males.
This led me to wonder, did this demographic breakdown shift during the early years of the AIDS?HIV pandemic? Unfortunately, all the works I've come across that deal with the topic of AIDS/HIV and dance are about gay men and the dance community's reaction to loosing so many of them.
I'm looking for sources where I can tease out the answer to this question, as well as if anyone else has addressed it. I'm using this for a graduate application that is due Janurary 15th.