Monika Mittendorfer, Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr.

University Lecturer in History of Dance

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Prof. Monika Mittendorfer


From 1979 to 1991 Monika Mittendorfer studied musicology and journalism at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg. In 1991 she was awarded a doctorate for her thesis entitled Salzburger Quelle zur Tanzkultur der Mozartzeit. In 1991 she gained her diploma as a dance teacher for movement and analytical dance at the Kleine Nestler School in Munich which is a state-recognized vocational school for gymnastics.  


From 1980 to 1994 Monika Mittendorfer taught recorder and creative dancing for children at the Salzburg Music School.


From 1989 to 1990 she gave practical lectures in historical dance (English country dances, dances from the time of Mozart) at the University Sports Institute of the Paris Lodron University. In 1992 she held a guest course in theory and dance practice at the Mozarteum focusing on music and dance of the French Renaissance.


From 1989 to 1994 she trained as a movement analyst/dance therapist (Cary Rick System) at the Institute for Movement Analysis, graduating with a diploma.


From 1980 to 1991 Monika Mittendorfer was a member of the Historic Dance Ensemble at the Institute of Musicology and she took part in numerous performances as a dancer and recorder player, for instance at the Musiktage Kassel 1989. She was also involved in a video production for the exhibition organized by the regional government of Lower Austria in 1990.


She has experience in reconstructing and rehearsing special dances, for instance the dance Folie d’Espagne pour femme from the original source for Baroque dance notation by R. A. Feuillet (Choréographie ou l’art de décrire la danse), Paris 1700.


From 1987 to 1991 she was a study assistant at the Institute of Musicology in Salzburg and was involved in supervising the Derra de Moroda Dance Archives.  Since 1994 Monika Mittendorfer has been a professor at the University Mozarteum Salzburg in the Department of Musicology (special subject: historical dance, theory and history of dance and music).


Since the winter semester of 1996 she has been the coordinator of the group specialising in dance at the Orff Institute of the University Mozarteum Salzburg.


In the winter semester 2001/02 she was a lecturer at the Institute of Theatre, Film and Media Studies in Vienna and gave lectures on the history of dance.


Since the winter semester 2003/2004 she has regularly been entrusted with teaching commitments at the University of Music and Performing Art in Vienna, lecturing on the history of dance.


Since the summer semester of 2008 she has chaired the commission for academic master examinations in Department 12, Music and Dance Educational Theory at the Orff Institute of the University Mozarteum Salzburg.


Monika Mittendorfer has spent several periods of study abroad to further her knowledge of historic dance practice from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.