Professional Dancer Instructs Dance for Life Class

On February 5th, 2020, UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and the UF Center for Arts in Medicine had the honor of welcoming Hyosun Choi of Invertigo Dance Theatre to their Dance for Life class. Tailoring the curriculum to the needs of the class comprised of individuals with movement disorders, Hyosun led the group through Invertigo inspired warm ups, creative prompts based off the work “Formulae and Fairy Tales”, and composing choreography with partners. “Early on in our conversations of bring Invertigo to Gainesville, the company stressed the importance of working within the community during their time with us,” said Elizabeth Auer, Assistant Director.  “Due to our relationship with the Center for Arts in Medicine, UF Health Shands Arts and Medicine, and the UF Health Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, this was a great opportunity to bring all participants together and share a joyful hour of movement and grace.”

The Los Angeles based dance company graced the stage at the Phillips Center that evening with their performance of “Formulae and Fairy Tales”. Many of the Dance for Life participants were able to attend Invertigo’s performance later that evening to bring their experience full-circle.

Thanks to the UFPA outreach program, participants from the Dance for Life class had the unique opportunity to experience the company and their work in meaningful and intimate way.

UF Health Dancer in Residence Whitney Wilson said of working with Invertigo, “As their instructor, I was thrilled for the opportunity to expose my class to such high caliber artistry.”

UF Performing Arts, a community partner of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine (AIM) and the UF Center for Arts in Medicine (CAM), hosts touring artists in a variety of outreach settings across the university and North Central Florida communities through a partnership titled AIM Together.  Ranging from discussions either before or after performances, to classroom and community settings, rural outreach, and performance in the hospital, AIM Together inspires world class artists to share their talent beyond the stage and use the arts as a form of expression, creativity, curiosity, and exploration that supports health and wellbeing.