New Publication: Available fall 2022 from Wesleyan University Press


This is the book we have been waiting for. Andrea has captured this moment in history when we can truly co-create a kinder world society through personal embodiment of Self. She guides us in a deep practice of awakening the wisdom of our moving body supported by breath, cellular vitality, and scientific inquiry. Read this book. It can transform not only your life, but together, our collective well-being.

–Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Developer of the Body-Mind Centering® Approach; Sensing, Feeling and Action

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Bodystories, Body and Earth, and The Place of Dance are now available through Wesleyan University Press:

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Chapters in Anthologies

“Awakening Grace: Embodied Awareness in Vocal Training” 

Published in Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond. Edited by Christina Kapadocha, Routledge Voice Studies series, 2020.

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“Reimagining the Dancing Body”

Published in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing, Edited by Vicky Karkou, Sue Oliver, and Sophia Lycouris, Oxford UniversityPress, UK, 2017, pp. 179-193. 

Articles in Journals 

Dancing in wild places: Seaweed and ocean health. Published in Choreographic Practices: Performing Ecologies in a World in Crisis (special issue),  Volume 9 Number 1, guest-edited by Sondra Fraleigh and Robert Bingham © 2018 Intellect Ltd Article. English language. doi: 10.1386/chor.9.1.97_1 CHOR 9 (1) pp. 97–117 Intellect Limited 2018 (Green and Gold Open Access is available for all Intellect articles, please see their Open Access page for further information.)

Thresholds: Moving between worlds. Published in Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities: Dancing on Earth (Special Issue), Kimerer LaMothe, Editor, with Sally Hess and Yvonne Daniel, Volume 4 Number 2 © 2017 Intellect Ltd Article. English language. doi: 10.1386/dmas.4.2.211_1. pp. 211-222.


The Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making

Read about The Place of Dance.

Andrea’s writing resonates a deep engagement with the earth and our potential for connection. Wondrously matter of fact, she negotiates an awareness built on sensing, movement and clear information. She gives us the tools to note those small epiphanies of science and existence, of the land and the heart, with detail, spirit and a humbling sense of place. Body and Earth is a practice, a reminder of the enormously simple act of conscious living. This is a book that will be rained on, danced with, left behind and found again, borrowed and used for life.

-Bebe Miller, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Bebe Miller Company, and Professor of Dance at The Ohio State University

The Place of Dance is a gift to the world of dance and to the world at large. Anyone who has seen or been involved in a dance of any kind must read this book. It opens doors to the lovely visceral mystery of the art form. It will likely become a teacher’s guide as well. Andrea Olsen has created a literate reflective surface from which to envision the body in motion.

—David Dorfman, dance department chair, Connecticut College, and artistic director, David Dorfman Dance

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