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Occupational therapy for dancers: A senior project by Adam Vesperman
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By Brigid Murphy / USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Adam Vesperman

Adam Vesperman, a 2020 grad of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, also earned a Minor in Occupational Science. (Photo by Mike Esperanza)

USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Student Adam Vesperman (BFA ‘20) saw his senior project as a way to explore the intersection of dance with his minor in the occupational sciences. Vesperman looked to the values of USC Kaufman to merge his interest in occupational therapy (OT) with that of his dance practices thus far.

“The USC Kaufman motto is ‘The New Movement,’” Vesperman said. “It’s all about hybridity as a dancer and practicing hip-hop, ballet, contemporary, jazz and more. The motto is also about how that intersects with other academic schools of thought, whether it be engineering, science, therapy or philanthropy.”

Vesperman offered his personal definition of OT, as it relates to his background in dance and occupational sciences.

“The idea is to optimize experience and access to our everyday occupations that gives us meaning and purpose,” he said. “I wanted to look at OT from the lens of not just understanding things with our intellect, but understanding things with our whole being.”

Read the full article at USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.