Dance and the City

Dance and the City

This program takes you to the streets, museums, parks, and hidden spots of treasure in Paris, through dance. You will see and learn about the culture of Paris while having fun in a relaxing hour of movement.

In each session, the dance instructor and scholar Hiie Saumaa, based in Paris, will introduce you to a sight/place in Paris, followed by 50 minutes of energizing and relaxing dance movements and meditation that can be easily done by anyone. At the end of the class, the students will have a chance to talk about their movement experience with their peers to build a sense of community in a stress-free environment. For the movement section of the class, no previous dance background is necessary. The movements will be easy and fun and do not ask for a lot of space. We will move to world music as well as songs in French and from Francophone cultures. 

Join us Thursdays, 9am New York time | 3pm Paris time (due to Daylight Savings time the March 18 and 25 sessions will take place at 2pm Paris time)


The series is co-organized with Columbia Undergraduate Programs in Paris. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Ideas and Imagination.

Introduction to Dance and the City
Quai Saint Bernard
Jardin de Luxembourg
Pont Neuf
Reid Hall
Hiie Saumaa

Meet Dance and the City instructor Hiie Saumaa and learn more about the connection between movement and creativity.


Hiee Saumaa


Dr. Hiie Saumaa (PhD, Columbia University), is a movement educator, dancer, and writer. She is a certified instructor of Nia dance, BodyLogos, and JourneyDance, and she writes about health, movement, imagination, and creativity. She's currently completing a book manuscript on the artistic process of the choreographer Jerome Robbins and her articles have appeared in numerous international dance journals. She also collaborates with visual artists on performance art projects.