Faculty

Robert Loughridge

Adjunct Instructor, Dance Program
MA, SUNY Brockport

robert.loughridge@rochester.edu

Biography

Robert Loughridge has been an instructor at the University of Rochester in the Program of Dance and Movement since 2001 teaching courses in T’ai Chi and Qi Gong. He earned a B.A. in English from Alfred University and a M.A. in English from SUNY Brockport. Bob began his study of T’ai Chi and Qi Gong with Dr. Chunlei Lu, a Chinese National Scholar and continues to pursue his studies by attending workshops with a variety of recognized Chen style T’ai Chi practitioners, including Chen Xiao Wang, Chen Xiaoxing, Ren Guang Yi, Yang Yang, Chen Zhenglei, Zhu Tiancai, Chen Ziqiang, Jiang Jian-ye and others. In addition to his study of Taijiquan, his martial arts background of over 30 years includes advanced black belt levels in Isshin Ryu Karate and Tae Kwon Do. He has also participated in master classes with dance instructors including Simone Forti, Sean Curran, Nancy Stark Smith, Bill Evans, and others. He is especially interested in introducing students to the idea of the “Scholar Warrior,” as expressed in the saying “One’s martial achievement lies in the cultural and one’s cultural achievements lie in the martial” and embodied in the ideal of achieving mastery through an integration of many arts including brush painting and calligraphy, poetry, music, philosophy, martial arts, sport and dance.