Originally a student at Hunter College, she returned as a professor to Hunter in 1963 where she single-handedly established dance as a valued field of study in the College. While a member of the Physical Education Department, she founded the Hunter College Dance Company and conceived and developed the curriculum for the dance major program, emphasizing creative aspects of choreographing and performing. She directed the program from 1972 to 1986. At the same time, from 1963 to 1984, she formed and directed her own company, People/Dorothy Vislocky, which toured extensively in the tri-state area and for which she choreographed more than 50 original works.
Dorothy Vislocky was recognized internationally as a pioneer in dance kinesiology and a major proponent of the Nikolais aesthetic and pedagogy, and is remembered as a truly exceptional teacher and mentor to many generations of Hunter students, a visionary leader to her colleagues, and a cherished friend.
This past summer, the students and interns at Bearnstow, in Mount Vernon, Maine, were privileged to have taken Dorothys last classes in a weeklong workshop.
Dorothys life was teaching. She had that great and happy week at Bearnstow where she taught once more. Her natural empathy, her ability to live with the motion of the students, and her passion for the art made her a super-teacher. She will live on in the dance of those students, and that is exactly as she would have it.
From the summer workshop students and Bearnstows Young Artist Residents:
I am thankful, Ruth, that you gave us the honor to be with her.
Suzie Creitz (student)
We were very lucky to be recipients of her amazing wisdom and energy.
Karina Culloton (resident)
Feeling blessed to have met and laughed with and learned through her.
Nicole Garlando (resident)
She gave an immense gift. I am grateful I got to know her and to have learned from her.
Our week with her was absolutely uplifting; I gained so much faith in that short time.
Adam Kerbel (resident)
Grandes momentos de aprendizaje e inolvidables sensaciones vividas gracias a ella.
Heriberto Mendoza (resident)
She was a unique and incredible woman. So subtly funny and brilliant and open. Priceless
moments and tears of laughter. Cristina Woehlert (resident)
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