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Barbara Dilley

President (1985-1993), Core Faculty


Barbara Dilley studied and performed dance in New York City from 1960–75 with the Merce Cunningham Co. (1963–68) and the Grand Union, a dance/theater collaboration that was to extend the definitions of the art of improvisation (1969–76). She has a BA from Mount Holyoke College

Beginning in 1974 she has taught at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, first designing the Dance/Movement Studies Program, and then serving as president (1985–93). Her teaching emphasizes “embodied awareness” through dance/movement studies, creative compositional processes and the disciplines of meditation.

Throughout the years she has created dance and performance art, most recently the dEsoLAtedEliGHt Project: 200809, and skits for Lady Wabi Sabi. She has two children, Ben Lloyd and Owen Bondurant, and two grandchildren, Griffen and Ella Lloyd.

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