Siobhan Burke is a dance critic for The New York Times and a contributing writer for Dance Magazine, where she was an editor from 2008 to 2013. She has written on dance and performance for The Brooklyn Rail, The Performance Club, Hyperallergic, Open Space, Art in America, Pointe, and The Village Voice.
Burke's writing on dance is informed by her background as a dancer. Originally from Northampton, MA, she grew up studying traditional Irish dance in Hartford, CT, and Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. She shifted her focus to contemporary dance as a student at Barnard College, where she earned a B.A. in American Studies with a Dance minor in 2008.
Between 2005 and 2014 she danced with the North American touring company of Riverdance and with choreographers including Darrah Carr, RoseAnne Spradlin, Jillian Sweeney, Vanessa Walters, and Rebecca Warner. More recently she appeared in the work of Yvonne Rainer as part of David Michalek’s film installation Slow Dancing/Trio A.
Since 2013 Burke has been an adjunct lecturer in Barnard's Department of Dance, where she teaches Dance Criticism and Dance in New York City. She has been a guest speaker in classes at Princeton University, Hofstra University, New York University, University of Virginia, Columbia University's Teachers College, and St. Johnsbury Academy. She was a 2013 USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow and the recipient of Barnard’s 2008 John Demos Prize in American Studies.