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Kimerer L. LaMothe

Kimerer L. LaMothe (Ph.D.) is a philosopher, dancer and scholar of religions. LaMothe earned her doctorate in religious studies from Harvard University before teaching at Brown and then Harvard for six years. In 2005, she moved to a farm, with her musician partner and their five children, in search of a place where she could do her writing and dancing in closer proximity to the natural world. She is the author of six books, including Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (Columbia, 2015), as well as numerous articles in the emergent field of religion and dance. She has created and directed three solo dance concerts, and wrote the book, lyrics and music for a full-length musical – Happy If Happy When – that was inspired by her family’s story of moving to the farm, and performed by the family in 2017, and in a workshop run in New York City in December 2018. LaMothe has received fellowships for her work in religion and dance from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, the Center for the Study of World Religions (Harvard) and the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC). She writes a regular blog for Psychology Today, and serves as a consultant, lecturer, guest teacher and choreographer for colleges and universities, dance companies, and secondary schools. When not writing, singing or dancing, she is helping her children take care of their two oxen, two cows, four cats, thirteen hens and large vegetable garden.

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