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John Bohannon 96S, “Dance Your PhD”

Submitted by on November 12, 2013 – 2:48 pmNo Comment

By Brigid Gorry-Hines 11F

Bohannon-and-BLMAs someone who enjoys dancing and often works with professional dancers, John Bohannon 96S has always been fascinated with the dedication it requires—both physically and cognitively.

This inspired him to create the annual international “Dance Your PhD” contest, which asks participants to choreograph and take videos of dances about their scientific PhDs.

Bohannon says the idea for the contest initially started as “a joke … a fun thing people do at parties,” so he was surprised by the response. Submissions included complex and entertaining dances, in which contestants’ friends, families, and lab partners joined together to create the final results. “For some people, this is their first creative performance experience,” Bohannon says. He was glad to see people come up with such intricate dances, which he describes as “weird, beautiful, and often funny.”

Due to the media attention the contest received, Bohannon was invited to speak at TEDxBrussels in November 2011.

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