Teaching at Community Place

Teaching at the Senior Center at Community Place

Educational Outreach

BIODANCE Outreach is a program that offers classes, workshops, lectures and other residency activities for all ages and populations.  Artistic Director Missy Pfohl Smith is currently the Director of the Program of Dance and Movement at University of Rochester, where she teaches a number of courses in choreography, performance studies and dance technique.  Since 1992, she has also been offering residencies nationally and internationally not only for dancers but also for children, adults, and community members who are new to dance.  Smith and the company members bring an array of areas of expertise to BIODANCE Outreach.  Some of these offerings include Contemporary Dance, Laban- based Dance for Seniors (or all ages), Contact Improvisation, Dance and Social Change, Pilates/Yoga, Conditioning, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Improvisation, Ballet, Creative Movement, Dance for Athletes, Functional Anatomy, Composition and more.

BIODANCE Outreach History


  • Flapper Follies: A Benefit for the Friendly Home, June 2013.
  • Bright, Bounding, Balancing, Bursting, Bumping, Breathing Bodies: BIODANCE! A fun, interactive family matinee that promotes dance literacy and gets the audience dancing in their seats and on the stage! AVAILABLE FOR TOURING, First performed at Calkins Road Middle School Theatre, September 2009.
  • Bright, Bounding…BIODANCE Haiti Benefit, February 2009, Multi-Use Community Cultural Center, Rochester, NY
  • Benefit for Simon, co-produced by BIODANCE and Rochester Contemporary Dance Collective to raise funds for a Rochester dancer’s son with cancer.  October 15, 2010 at Hochstein Concert Hall in Rochester, NY


  • BIODANCE regularly conducts movement workshop for urban underserved senior citizens at the Senior Center at Community Place, 2012 – present
  • Art and Big Oil at National Dance Education Organization Conferences, Towson, MD, 2008
  • Perspectives on Students with Physical Disabilities at The Regional NDEO Conference, Brockport, NY, 2006
  • Guzzle!  Art and Social Change at Invention-In: Dance, Somatics and Movement Analysis Conference (Organized by Bill Evans & Sondra Fraleigh), Brockport, NY, 2008

Master Classes

  • Modern Dance Technique, Contact Improvisation, RJDW Repertory at ACDFA: American College Dance Festival Association Conferences
  • Ballet for Modern Dancers, Contemporary Technique, Contact Improv, Pilates at Dance Rochester (Rochester, NY)
  • The Yard, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
  • Hospital Audiences of New York, NYC
  • Various preparatory workshops for professional dance concerts for K-12 students as part of “Arts Alive” Grant Program, NYC
  • Co-taught and performed a solo for Community Movement Workshop (55 & Over)/Discussion at the National
  • Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Lecture Demonstrations:
  • Interactive Family Matinee, Rochester, NY
  • Presented Improvisation and Choreography; engaged audience in participation and dialogue, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY


  • Dance and Social Change, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Ongoing Classes

  • Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Technique classes for professionals/pre-professionals in Rochester,NY (Since 2006)
  • Ballet/Pilates/Pilates on the Ball/Modern Dance for Figure Skaters and Club Members at ESL Sports Complex, Monroe Community College; Lion’s Fountain Fitness, Rochester, NY (2005-2007)


  • Nazareth Academy, Rochester, NY
  • Westchester Arts Council Teaching Artist, (2003-2005), Awarded various Arts Partners Grants in 2003
  • Arts Partners Schools (short-term, aesthetic learning/curriculum-related school residencies)
  • Arts Partners Community (short and long-term developmental arts experiences)
  • Arts Excel/ESP (long-term, intensive curriculum-integrated school residencies)
  • Set a new work, taught Improvisation, Composition and Modern, Grade 9 at Talented Unlimited Performing Arts High School, NYC
  • Modern/Repertory Semester Course for Teens; regular substitute for modern technique for professional dancers at 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center