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Founder of Hunter College Dance Program, Dorothy Vislocky has passed away

Professor Emerita Dorothy Vislocky, who served on the faculty from the early 1960’s to 1986, died on Saturday October 26 after a sudden illness. She was a Hunter alumna who pursued a remarkable professional career in the dance world, taught in the NYC public schools, and then returned as professor to Hunter and virtually 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 subsequently wrote the curriculum for the Dance Program, which she directed from 1972-86. Dorothy’s long and distinguished career as a dancer and choreographer started in 1952, when she was a founding member of the Alwin Nikolais Dance Company; she went on to form her own dance company, People/Dorothy Vislocky, which toured extensively in the tri-state area and for which she choreographed more than 50 original works. She 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.

A memorial service will take place on Sunday, November 10 at 4 PM at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel located on Madison Ave. and 81 St.-1076 Madison Ave.

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