Petra Dotlacilova studied Italian Philology at Charles University and Dance Studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, specializing in eighteenth century European ballet. Currently she is pursuing doctoral research in theatre studies at Stockholm University, focusing on French designer Louis-René Boquet (1717–1814), on the early modern costume for opera and ballet, and its transformation in the age of Enlightenment. From 2014 she participates in the research project “Performing Premodernity”, which is connecting interdisciplinary research group of international academic and artistic scholars devoted to studying the musical and theatrical ideals, practices and conditions between 1760 and 1815. From 2015 she collaborates with Emmy Noether-Nachwuchsgruppe "Ritualdesign für die Ballettbühne: Konstruktionen von Volkskultur im europäischen Theatertanz (1650–1760)" at Leipzig University. For more than ten years she also works as freelance dance writer for Czech Dance magazine Taneční aktuality and other Czech, Slovak and Swedish dance journals or websites.