Andrea Olsen

Professor of Dance

Phone: work802.443.5687
Office Hours: On leave, academic year 2014-2015
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Andrea Olsen is Professor of Dance and has held the John C. Elder Professorship in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont (USA). She’s the author of Body and Earth, An Experiential Guide, (UPNE 2002) and Bodystories, A Guide to Experiential Anatomy (Station Hill 1991/UPNE 2002) in collaboration with Caryn McHose. Andrea performs and teaches internationally and is on the faculty of the Embodyoga teacher-training program for Yoga Center Amherst in Massachusetts. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in New Zealand in 2003, working with Maori, Samoan, and Cook Island dancers and teaches annual Body and Earth Training Programs in the US and abroad. Andrea's third book, The Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making, with Caryn McHose, was published by Wesleyan University Press in January 2014.  

Degrees, Specializations & Interests:
MFA University of Utah, Dance Choreography

Photo Credit - Alan Kimara Dixon

Watch TEDx Talk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmw2ZbLV-Hc

Listen to Vermont Public Radio (VPR) Interview  http://digital.vpr.net/post/why-we-dance






Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy, with Caryn McHose www.upne.com

Bodystories book

Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide www.upne.com

body and earth book

Andrea's writing resonates a deep engagement with the earth and our potential for connection. Wondrously matter of fact, she negotiates an awareness built on sensing, movement and clear information. She gives us the tools to note those small epiphanies of science and existence, of the land and the heart, with detail, spirit and a humbling sense of place. Body and Earth is a practice, a reminder of the enormously simple act of conscious living. This is a book that will be rained on, danced with, left behind and found again, borrowed and used for life.

-Bebe Miller, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Bebe Miller Company, and Professor of Dance at The Ohio State University

The Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making, with Caryn McHose www.wesleyan.edu/wespress/

<p>Andrea Olsen Place of Dance</p>

The Place of Dance is a gift to the world of dance and to the world at large. Anyone who has seen or been involved in a dance of any kind must read this book. It opens doors to the lovely visceral mystery of the art form. It will likely become a teacher’s guide as well. Andrea Olsen has created a literate reflective surface from which to envision the body in motion.

—David Dorfman, dance department chair, Connecticut College, and artistic director, David Dorfman Dance

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Body and Earth Training Programs:

Sacha Ji Eco-Retreat Center in Ecuador: June 13-15 2014 www.sachaji.com

10th Year Body and Earth Anniversary Workshops at Resources in Movement Holderness, New Hampshire: August 11-16, 2014 www.resourcesinmovement.com

 See more lectures and workshops at www.andrea-olsen.com