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The Brain At The Barre: The Neuroscience of Ballet


The Brain At The Barre: The Neuroscience of Ballet

(From L to R)  Choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie, Neuroscientist Dr. Neeli Mishra, DTH Company Artist Daphne Lee , Director of Harkness Center for Dance Injuries Dr. Marijeanne Liederbach, and Neuroscientist, PhD Candidate Leslie Sibener

Science and the arts came together in this pair of free events which explored the mysteries of how we dance! Dance Theatre of Harlem and Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute partnered to bring you inside both the body and mind of a dancer. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the live dance performance and dance workshop, combined with insight from scientific experts about how the brain and body work together to produce the magic of ballet.

March 11, 2021 at 6:30pm eastern Dance Performance and Panel

If you were unable to attend, please enjoy the replay of this event above. Watch internationally renowned choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie as he worked live on-screen with DTH Company Artist Daphne Lee on elements of dance performance. Neuroscientist, PhD Candidate Leslie Sibener discussed with Mr. Moultrie how our brains produce and practice movements, and how movement in the face of challenges may serve as a therapeutic outlet. The discussion was moderated by neuroscientist Dr. Neeli Mishra.

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March 25, 2021 at 6:30pm eastern
Live Dance Workshop
Thank you to everyone who joined us for an exploration of how we can all move and practice dance, led by choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie, with commentary by Dr. Neeli Mishra and Dr. Marijeanne Liederbach, Director of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone, on how to perform while being mindful of injury. The workshop was designed for dancers of all abilities, from beginners to seasoned dancers. 



The BRAIN AT THE BARRE: The Neuroscience of Ballet is brought to you by Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Thursdays @ DTH, Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute’s Breakout Science and is supported by the Dana Foundation’s Brain Awareness Week Outreach Grants Program.


Photo Credits:
Brain Images by Kevin Cury | Axel Lab at Columbia University
Company Artist Daphne Lee | Photo by Rachel Neville