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Overview

The Dance and Movement Program at the University of Rochester is committed to offering experiential and theoretical study of dance and movement practices that honor and inform the whole person. Through diverse dance techniques and contemplative practices from all over the world, this unique program explores dance and movement as art, spiritual practice, community-building, as well as personal and interpersonal development.

“Dance doesn’t exist in a vacuum,” says program director Missy Pfohl Smith. “It’s always crossing disciplines—through its creative content, as well as through our growing understanding of mindfulness and physicality.” According to her, what sets Rochester’s program apart from others is its diversity—of styles, forms, and techniques—in dialogue with other disciplines.