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Professor Emeritus, Barbara Whitson

Prof. Barbara Whitson (FKA Shewfelt), B.A., MFA, M.S.

Kinesiology, Dance Instructor

Kinesiology and Athletics Division

Kinesiology, Dance
(650) 949-7658


Foothill campus
Office Hours:
Varies by quarter, and
By appointment


Please see online schedule of classes

Course information:

DANC 10 Topics in Dance History

KINS 4 Concepts of Physical Fitness and Wellness

KINS 8A Theory and Concepts of Exercise Physiology I

KINS 8B Theory and Concepts of Exercise Physiology II

KINS 9 Basic Nutrition for Sport and Fitness


Barbara Shewfelt, MFA, MS has taught in the Biology, Kinesiology, and Dance Departments at Foothill College for over 20 years. As an undergraduate, she attended UC Santa Barbara as a double major in Biology and Dance, and went on to complete her MFA in Dance from Tisch School of The Arts at New York University where she was a performing member of the Second Avenue Dance Company, and later, her MS degree in Biology from Stanford University with a research specialization in Neuroscience where she worked in the lab of Dr. Craig Heller, Principal Investigator, conducting experiments exploring the neurobiology of sleep and circadian rhythms. Barbara also has extensive training in all forms of flexibility and strength training techniques including Yoga, Pilates, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. She spent 5 years as a competitive Ballroom dancer and has directed and produced numerous student Dance performances at Foothill which included noteworthy guest choreographers and colleagues from New York City. Barbara has offered popular classes at Foothill College including Dance History, Biology, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness, Ballet, Yoga, Pilates, and Ballroom Dance.

Last update: 2022-04-11
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