'Dancing into the Olympic Movement' lecture on Nov. 3

October 17, 2011

From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, Elizabeth Hanley will share her experiences as dance workshop coordinator and Olympic guest lecturer in a presentation, "Dancing into the Olympic Movement," in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library on Penn State's University Park campus.

Hanley retired as associate professor emerita of kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Development in 2004. Her academic papers and the records of the Penn State International Dance Ensemble, which she founded, are available in the Penn State University Archives, The Special Collections Library.

Her Olympic-related dance activities began in 1977, when she was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a delegate to the International Olympic Academy (IOA) in Greece. Her expertise in dance (modern, folk, and ballroom) during social evening programs at the IOA resulted in a series of invitations from 1978–2004 as dance workshop coordinator. She was also a guest lecturer at the IOA on Olympic topics, and taught history of the Olympic Games course at Penn State for several years. Connections with Olympic personalities and academicians at the IOA resulted in attendance at the following Olympic Games: Lake Placid (1980), Sarajevo (1984), Sydney (2000), Athens (2004), Torino (2006) and Beijing (2008). Hanley plans on attending the 2012 London Olympic Games.


She earned a bachelor's of science degree in physical education from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in physical education from Penn State. For four years during her early tenure at Penn State, she was varsity gymnastics coach. In 1978, she founded and directed the Penn State International Dance Ensemble, a company dedicated to performing the music, song and dance of world cultures. From 1978-79, the ensemble performed throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio with a featured performance at Epcot Center, Disney World. The ensemble was invited to perform in Slovakia at the Matica Sloveneska National Cultural Institute in Bratislava. Hanley retired from the ensemble in 1998 but continues to enjoy a close relationship with many former members.


For additional information about this program or special accommodations, contact Jackie Esposito, University Archivist at 814-863-3791 or jxe2@psu.edu.


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