Andrea Olsen

Professor of Dance

 
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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

 

 

 
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DANC 0160 - Intro Dance      

Introduction to Dance
This entry-level dance course introduces movement techniques, improvisation/composition, performance, experiential anatomy, and history of 20th century American modern dance. Students develop flexibility, strength, coordination, rhythm, and vocabulary in the modern idiom. Concepts of time, space, energy, and choreographic form are presented through improvisation and become the basis for a final choreographic project. Readings, research, and reflective and critical writing about dance performance round out the experience. 2 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab ART PE

Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013

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DANC 0277 / ENVS 0277 - Body & Earth      

Body and Earth
This course has been designed for students with an interest in the dialogue between the science of body and the science of place. Its goals are to enhance movement efficiency through experiential anatomy and to heighten participants' sensitivity to natural processes and forms in the Vermont bioregion. Weekly movement sessions, essays by nature writers, and writing assignments about place encourage synthesis of personal experience with factual information. Beyond the exams and formal writing assignments, members of the class will present a final research project and maintain an exploratory journal. 3 hrs. lect. 1 hr. lab. ART CW NOR PE

Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015

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DANC 0376 / DANC 1011 - Anatomy and Kinesiology      

Anatomy and Kinesiology
This course offers an in-depth experiential study of skeletal structure, and includes aspects of the muscular, organ, endocrine, nervous, and fluid systems of the human body. The goal is to enhance efficiency of movement and alignment through laboratory sessions, supported by assigned readings, exams, and written projects. (Not open to first-year students) 3 hrs. lect. ART PE

Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2015

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DANC 0380 - Dance Company      

Dance Company of Middlebury
Dancers work with the artistic director and guest choreographers as part of a dance company, learning, interpreting, rehearsing, and performing dances created for performance and tour. Those receiving credit can expect four to six rehearsals weekly. Appropriate written work, concert and film viewing, and attendance in departmental technique classes are required. Auditions for company members are held in the fall semester for the year. One credit will be given for two terms of participation. Performances and tour are scheduled in January. (Limited to sophomores through seniors, by audition.) (DANC 0260; Approval required) 4 hrs. lect./4 hrs. lab ART PE

Fall 2012

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DANC 0381 - Dance Company of Middlebury      

Dance Company of Middlebury
Dancers work with the artistic director and guest choreographers as part of a dance company, learning, interpreting, rehearsing, and performing repertory dances. Those receiving credit can expect daily rehearsals plus technique classes, campus performance, and tour. Appropriate written work is required. Auditions are held in the fall semester for the full year; one credit will be given for two semesters of participation. (Approval Required; limited to sophomores through seniors by audition) WTR

Winter 2013

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DANC 0400 - Special Topics      

Special Topics in Dance: Independent Study
(Approval required)

Fall 2012

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DANC 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014

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DANC 0700 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015

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ENVS 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
In this course, students (non-seniors) carry out an independent research or creative project on a topic pertinent to the relationship between humans and the environment. The project, carried out under the supervision of a faculty member with related expertise who is appointed in or affiliated with the Environmental Studies Program, must involve a significant amount of independent research and analysis. The expectations and any associated final products will be defined in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students may enroll in ENVS 0500 no more than twice for a given project. (Approval only)

Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015

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ENVS 0700 - Senior Independent Study      

Senior Independent Study
In this course, seniors complete an independent research or creative project on a topic pertinent to the relationship between humans and the environment. During the term prior to enrolling in ENVS 0700, a student must discuss and agree upon a project topic with a faculty advisor who is appointed in or affiliated with the Environmental Studies Program and submit a brief project proposal to the Director of Environmental Studies for Approval. The expectations and any associated final products will be defined in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students may enroll in ENVS 0700 as a one-term independent study OR up to twice as part of a multi-term project, including as a lead-up to ENVS 0701 (ES Senior Thesis). (Senior standing; Approval only)

Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015

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MPAG 8542 - Communicatng for Social Change      

This two credit course explores effective modes of communication in interpersonal and intercultural dialogue. Thoughtful exchange requires an environment where one is both trusting and trustworthy. Emphasizing embodied discussion, sessions include movement and writing integrated with close readings of theoretical materials. Specific exercises foster self-knowledge and hone attentiveness to each other’s stories, in the belief that such reflective skills foster healthy communities and mutually respectful relationships [between groups and within nations]. Skills are directly applicable to daily life and multilingual/international work environments. Examples are drawn from Action Research whose major premise includes a commitment to non-violent social change in community development, in partnership with all stakeholders.

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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Publications:

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

Program in Environmental Studies

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest
531 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753