Ilya Vidrin graduated with honors from Northeastern University, earning a degree in Psychology and English Literature. During his undergraduate studies, he spent several years working in the Neurology Department at Harvard Medical School's teaching hospital, conducting research in neural plasticity and working with individuals suffering from neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. After graduating, Ilya focused his attention on alternative therapies for cognitive and behavioral disorders. Currently a graduate student at Harvard University, his focus is on improvisation and embodied cognition, particularly in the realm of education.
As a dancer, Ilya has performed works by Aszure Barton, Dwight Rhoden, Jill Johnson, Sidra Bell, and Kyle Abraham, among others. He won the Open Latin category at the 2007 United States National Collegiate DanceSport Championships and has performed his own choreography in New York City, Boston, San Jose, and London. Utilizing his diverse backgrounds, Ilya has spent most of his time synthesizing his academic and artistic interests to investigate holistic organization of the mind and body.
Ilya is collaborating with The Cambrians to examine the nature of movement as it relates to embodied cognition, neural synchrony and agency via dynamic systems theory. This research is towards the end of developing the company's educational curricula for mind-body control, behavioral intervention and group intelligence.