PhD. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Kinesiology
MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Dance
BA, Adelphi University
Research Focus: Human transformation through movement exploration
DTS all classes
PED 201, 294
As a teacher and scholar, Suzanne Oliver has long been and continues to be interested in the theory and practice of anatomically and somatically informed approaches to dance education and performance. Knowledge, awareness, and virtuosity are central themes in her teaching. She continues to learn, practice and teach a movement philosophy that supports mind/body integrity and articulate/artistic expressivity. Her research and interest in somatics and kinesiology inform her conviction that intelligence about our selves and our bodies can support personal agency and ownership of technique.
Toward that end, Professor Oliver continues to perform and present her choreography at both regional and national venues. She has been interviewed in several magazines with national circulation on the topic of somatics in the dance classroom. Additionally, she has been published in JOPHERD (March 2009, Volume 80, Number 3), presented at numerous national conferences, and with two colleagues, received a highly competitive AAHPERD grant.
Professor Oliver is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).
Since coming to New York in 2007, the Erie Canal has been an important place (she lived right across the street in Brockport). Every day, twice a day, she enjoyed long walks there with her dog, Ella. She has been happy to discover an old Erie Canal park in Camillus where Ella can swim. She wishes she could swim with her.