Lecturer

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 in the news:

UVM dance lecturer Paula Higa's duet found inspiration in two poems by early 20th-century Portuguese poet Florbela Espanca. Titled "The Woman That I Would Like to Be," the piece deals with themes of violence against women and will be danced by members of Higa's company, Paula Higa Dance & Ers.

"It's very aggressive in terms of movement. I want to show the kind of violence that we suffer in daily life," in physical, emotional and other realms, Higa said. The piece works with a duality, she continued: "Are you the woman who is experiencing the violence, or are you the angry woman? The characters, the dancers, switch places."

Coor Collaborative Fellowship Award

  • UVM Dance Lecturer Paula Higa was awarded the Coor Collaborative Fellowship Award by rhe UVM Humanities Center in support of her project, Intermedia + Technology.
Paula Higa

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

contemporary dance; ballet; Brazilian dance; dance history/culture

Education

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

Contact

Phone:
  • 802-656-7763
Office Location:

Old Mill Building, Room 332

Website(s):
  1. www.paulahiga.com

Courses Taught

DNCE 011 - Contemporary Dance I

DNCE 012 - Contemporary Dance II

DNCE 111- Contemporary Dance III

DNCE 112 - Contemporary Dance IV

DNCE 021 - Ballet I

DNCE 022 - Ballet II

DNCE 121 - Ballet III

DNCE 033 - D2: Brazilian Dance

DNCE 060 - Movement & Improvisation

DNCE 177 - Site Performance Practicum

DNCE 050 - Dance History and Legends

DNCE 005 - D2:World Dance