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photo by Germaine McAuley

Welcome to my Spelman College faculty website. While I have two main areas of focus here, my overarching goal is to facilitate exploration.

Dance History:      

As a dance history professor, I teach Black Presence in American Dance, Women in Dance: Sexism, Sexuality and Subversion and Choreographing Lives: Women’s Auto/biography and Dance, among other classes. My intention is to help students discover the complexities of dance and developments in the dance world, and to learn how historical developments and important dance artists relate to their own lives today.

Contemplative Pedagogy and Practices:     

I also teach a class and offer retreats and other activities designed to help people explore the inner territory through contemplative practices. In my class, Contemplative Practices and the Arts, students learn about and engage in various contemplative practices, they study artists who work contemplatively, they apply contemplative approaches to their own art-making and to viewing performing and visual arts, and they reflect on it all.

photo by Akiba Harper

photo by Akiba Harper

I am committed to facilitating inner exploration for those who long for greater connectivity, inspiration and peace in their lives. To this end, I facilitate retreats, workshops and other activities utilizing contemplative practices to promote enhanced awareness, creativity, clarity and contentment for Spelman faculty and staff and those at other academic institutions.

Recent syllabi to view or download

Contemplative Practices and the Arts, part 1 f14     Contemplative Practices and the Arts, part 2 f14
Black Presence in American Dance, part 1 s14       Black Presence in American Dance, part 2 s14
Women in Dance: Sexism, Sexuality and Subversion s13
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Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

— Howard Thurman