DR. PATRICK ALCEDO
Chairman
Department of Dance, York University, Canada

He is a dance ethnographer, a specialist on Philippine traditional dances and a documentary filmmaker. He is the Chair of the Department of Dance at York University, the 3rd largest university in Canada.

He received his Ph.D. in Dance History and Theory from the University of California, Riverside, under the auspices of the Asian Cultural Council. Among Dr. Alcedo’s many academic recognitions are a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario, and a Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for International Dance Scholarship from the Fulbright Association of America. In 2019, Dr. Alcedo received York University’s highest teaching award – the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award (senior full-time faculty category).

His latest film, THEY CALL ME DAX, a short documentary on a 15-year-old
student trying to survive as a ballet dancer, received the 2021 Best Short
Documentary from the Cannes Indies Cinema Awards and the Best Foreign
Documentary at the San Francisco Short Film Festival, and is now a Finalist
at the Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift. Selected as one of the 44
official selections, out of close to 400 submissions worldwide, it world
premiered at the Cannes International Independent Film Festival, where it
received the Silk Road Production Association’s Special Prize. His other latest
documentary, the feature-length, A WILL TO DREAM, won Best
Documentary Feature at the Hong Kong Indie Film Festival and is also now a
Finalist at the Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift. It is an official
selection at the following festivals: San Diego Filipino Film Festival, the New
York Film Week, All Asian Independent Film Festival, and the Los Angeles
International Film Festival.

His written publications have appeared in the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
and in edited anthologies from Palgrave MacMillan Press, Northwestern
University Press, and Playwright’s Canada press. He is the lead editor of Religious
Festivals in Contemporary Southeast Asia (2016, Ateneo University Press) and co-
editor of the special 2019 issue, “Narrativizing Dancing Bodies” in the Journal of
English Studies and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines,
Diliman.

His BA in English: Language is from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he was a former faculty member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature and performed with the internationally touring Filipiniana Dance Group.