Haley Simmons


Mentor: Dr. Joan Frosch

College of the Arts

"I am a part of a community of movers with academic ambition. I want the world to see the practical value of modern dance, and emphasize the academic nature of our dance program here at the University of Florida. We're not just artists, we are researchers, and being able to display that in a public forum is important."





Research Interests

  • Laban Movement Analysis
  • Movement Research
  • Social Psychology

Academic Awards

  • Mark W. Stoughton Theatre Scholarship (2017)
  • The Women's Exchange Sarasota Scholarship (2017)
  • Florida Gulf Coast Community Foundation Arts Scholarship (2017)
  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)


  • Dance in a Suitcase


  • UF Shands Arts in Medicine
  • UF Impact Autism

Hobbies and Interests

  • Choreography
  • Movement Research
  • Travel
  • Blogging

Research Description

Embodying Culture
"Embodying Culture" is a study using Laban Movement Analysis to analyze how body language can facilitate assimilation into foreign cultures, specifically Parisian culture.