Prof. of Dance, John C. Elder Professor of Env. Studies
Andrea Olsen is Professor of Dance and the John C. Elder Professor of 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 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 is working on her third book, The Place of Dance: A Guide to Embodied Awareness and has recently traveled in South Korea, Bali, and Europe exploring themes for this work.
Degrees, Specializations & Interests:
MFA University of Utah, Dance Choreography
Watch TEDx Talk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmw2ZbLV-Hc
Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy www.upne.com
Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide www.upne.com
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