Holding the MFA in dance and a Ph.D. in African-American studies, I began my career as a modern dance artist, and have performed, choreographed and taught dance nationally and internationally. Later, as a dance historian, I focused my research on contemporary African-American modern dance artists, particularly women choreographers. In recent vg at bwlbwyears, my research interests have expanded to include the intersection of dance and spirituality in popular culture and to explorations of spirituality and contemplative practices in education and the workplace. I have presented my research at national and international conferences and am published in a number of journals and anthologies.

In my 26th year at Spelman, I am Division Chair for Arts and Humanities and Associate Professor of Dance. I served as Department Chair for the Department of Drama and Dance for almost 11 years and appreciate the College’s commitment to offering excellent educational opportunities that will help students live as free thinking black women and thrive in our changing world.

photo by Makeba Reed-Johnson

My long-standing meditation practice has contributed to my expanded research interests.  I know the power of contemplative practices and am committed to helping others discover the ways contemplative practices can enrich their lives. To lead others in personal and professional renewal, I have facilitated retreats and workshops at Spelman. Agnes Scott and Reinhardt Colleges, Emory University, Georgia State University, Westminster and Drew Charter Schools, and at other retreat sites in Atlanta, Baltimore and South Carolina. I also incorporate contemplative  practices in my classes at Spelman College — especially Contemplative Practices and the Arts — and in the guided meditation sessions I lead for students, faculty and staff.

I am a national Circle of Trust facilitator and many of the retreats and workshops I lead are  based in the work of education innovator Parker J. Palmer. He has written extensively and eloquently on the value of living an “undivided life,” in which one’s work is in harmony with one’s values. The organization founded on Palmer’s work, the Center for Courage & Renewal (www.couragerenewal.org), offers programs and events to help individuals reconnect who they are amethyst chipwith what they do in order to rediscover and renew their passion and creativity. You can find more information about my retreats, workshops and other contemplative efforts by visiting my personal website, Aware Life.

photo of me by Germaine McAuley