Rebecca J. Ritzel is an arts journalist who has written about dance, music, theater and the visual arts for more than two dozen publications in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. She began covering dance for The Washington Post since 2008, interviewing major contemporary choreographers and serving as the paper's performing arts columnist from 2014-2016. Favorite assignments include covering the closing of Payless for Dance Magazine, rounding-up the Commonwealth's "Nutcrackers" for Virginia Living and defending Katy Perry's infamous "Left Shark" for Slate.
Rebecca's research interests include the Ballets Russes, dance for musical theater and other interdisciplinary partnerships. She has taught Literary Journalism in the M.F.A. program at American University and Writing for the Arts at the University of Maryland.
Rebecca is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a master's of arts journalism from Syracuse University, where she studied dance with Tony Salatino.