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Barbara Dilley

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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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

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