Originally from Brazil, Paula Higa has been teaching, choreographing and performing since the late eighties. In 2012, she joined UVM’s dance program, where she has taught courses in ballet, contemporary, improvisation, and Brazilian dance.

As a choreographer, she is interested in creating works that challenge her kinetic approach to dance. She is the founder and artistic director of “PH Dance & ErS” as well as the founder of “Encounters”- an improvisational ensemble where two professional musicians, Arthur Brooks and Anthony Santor, meet Higa as a dancer to improvise without a pre-determined score. Her work has been presented in venues around the United States and in Brazil. She has also performed extensively for local and international choreographers. Higa earned her MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a B.S in Chemical Engineering while living in Brazil.

Paula Higa

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

ballet, contemporary dance technique, improvisation, Brazilian dance


  • MFA Dance, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • BS Chemical Engineering, Universidade Santa Cecilia
  • Teacher Certification Program, Royal Academy of Dance (São Paulo, Brazil)


  • 802-656-7763
Office Location:

Southwick Hall 201

Office Hours:

TR 1:30-2:30

  1. www.paulahiga.com

Courses Taught

DNCE 011 - Contemporary Dance I

DNCE 012 - Contemporary Dance II

DNCE 021 - Ballet I

DNCE 022 - Ballet II

DNCE 033 - D2: Brazilian Dance

DNCE 060 - Movement & Improvisation

DNCE 111 - Contemporary Dance III

DNCE 121 - Ballet III

DNCE 177 - Site Performance Practicum