Elinor Harrison Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dance and Neurology with the Performing Arts Department

Elinor Harrison

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dance and Neurology
PhD, Movement Science, Washington University in St. Louis
BA, French Literature and Dance
research interests:
  • Movement Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Modern Dance
  • Voice and Movement
  • Musical Theater
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    • Washington University
    • CB 1108
    • One Brookings Drive
    • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Elinor Harrison is a dancer and movement scientist whose research applies her performance expertise to develop therapeutic techniques to treat movement disorders. 

    Over a decade-long dance career, Elinor toured with musicals such as “A Chorus Line” and performed original dance/theatre works by choreographers including Jane Comfort, Janis Brenner, Mary Seidman, Nancy Meehan, Carlos Orta, and Thomas/Ortiz. In 2014, she returned to Washington University to pursue a PhD in Movement Science with hopes of transferring her love of movement out of the studio and into the lab to better the lives of people with neurological disorders. During graduate school, she developed a novel therapeutic technique of singing to improve gait for people with Parkinson’s disease, for which she received a Grammy Museum Grant.