bethannrestaurantSharon Skeel writes and lectures about dance and other arts-related topics, particularly those with a Philadelphia focus.  In addition to authoring Catherine Littlefield: A Life in Dance, she has published pieces in Ballet Review, Humanities, American Purpose, The American Conservative, American Heritage, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Books & Culture, and Broad Street Review.  She authored the “Ballet” entry for the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, curated small exhibitions for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Free Library of Philadelphia, and given talks for the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  She co-organized a concert featuring Littlefield ballet music at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, co-produced a dance webisode for “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” (History Making Productions) and presented papers at conferences of the Dance Critics Association and Society of Dance History Scholars.  She received a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to support her work.

She is currently at work on a second book, tentatively entitled “Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: Her Life in Dance,” along with Alaina M. Doten, executive director of the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, AL.

Skeel grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA, and graduated with honors from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  She and her husband, David A. Skeel, Jr., a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, divide their time between Wyndmoor, PA, and Shushan, NY.  They have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law and two grandsons.