Movement educator and dance scholar
Hiie Saumaa (Ph.D., Columbia University) is a certified instructor of several mind-body techniques, such as Nia dance, the BodyLogos© Technique, and JourneyDance.™ Her speciality is somatics or forms of movement that pay as much attention to the inner world as the physical movement of the body. She teaches courses and classes in sensory-based dance modalities, creativity in movement, expressive arts, meditative strength training, and somatic awareness.
Her dance writings explore interconnections between dance, movement imagination, somatics, and creativity. She is currently completing a book on the unpublished writings, artwork, and multi-arts creativity of the American choreographer Jerome Robbins. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Dance Research Journal, Dance Chronicle, The Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, Somatics Journal/Magazine, Journal for Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, and Routledge Companion to Dance Studies, among others.
In 2018-2019, Hiie was an inaugural fellow at Columbia's interdisciplinary Institute for Ideas & Imagination in Paris. In 2017, she was a fellow at the Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She is currently an artist in residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris and a lecturer on dance and writing at Paris College of Art. She has taught academic courses at Columbia University and New York University and offers dance classes in New York, France, Estonia, and wherever she goes!