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Michigan State University
Spartan Sagas
Sherrie Barr
Faculty
East Lansing, Michigan
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Sherrie Barr

Speaking the language of dance.

Faculty
East Lansing, Michigan


Sherrie Barr helps her students tell their personal narratives through movement—a process she calls “the autobiography of dance.” People carry their histories in their bodies, she says, and everyone has a fascinating story inside.

Barr believes the variations in how people use space, rhythm, and tempo can communicate things about them in a way that words can’t always express. Through the language of dance comes a mutual exchange of ideas, understanding, and trust that enables her to learn as much from her students as she imparts.

Her ultimate goal extends beyond teaching proper form. “As an educator, I simply want to make a difference,” says Barr.