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Interested in leading a more conscious, creative and joyful life? On Saturday, April 3, join the Duke Dance Program on Duke’s East Campus for Across the Threshold: Creativity, Being and Healing. This day-long Symposium is a highly interdisciplinary journey designed to join scholars and practitioners from many fields, cultures and countries to explore the transformative paths humans have discovered/created through performance, spiritual/religious/ritual practices, and healing practices.

The daylong Symposium includes workshops in performing and visual arts, yoga and meditation; a panel discussion; and an evening performance. A featured presenter is Ciane Fernandes from Bahia, Brazil. Joining her will be world musician and healer Porangui McGrew and Seattle-based dancer/choreographer Louis Gervais, accompanied by a stellar local lineup including Andrea E. Woods, Susan Gaylord, Jon Seskevich, Hsiao-Mei Ku & Jennifer Chang, Alyssa Hinton, Muz Ansano, Vera Moura, and Beverly Botsford. My dear friend, Dr. Larry Burk, will be moderating the panel entitled: Transcultural Healing: Beyond the Threshold of Convention. A detailed Symposium schedule and registration information is available at danceprogram.duke.edu/threshold.

Ciane Fernandes, a tenured Professor in the Performing Arts Graduate Program at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil and an associate researcher at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York, personifies the Symposium theme. With a background in dance and performance studies, nursing, mental health and art education, Prof. Fernandes explores authentic movement and the healing power of the body across cultures through her research and artistic work as a director, choreographer, performer, video maker and writer. For the Symposium, she will participate in a panel discussion, lead a workshop entitled Dancing Images: Authentic Movement, Analysis and Composition, and perform a solo work on the evening performance.

As one of the top five research universities, Duke has become the college of choice for the dedicated dance student. Duke is unique in providing the rare combination of high-quality dance training with a first class science or liberal arts education.

Dance at Duke encourages the total union of physical, intellectual, and expressive capabilities. The student dancer develops skills of perception, analysis and expression that benefit many fields of endeavor beyond the dance world. The Program in Dance provides a wide choice of classes for everyone from the highly trained dance technician to the absolute beginner. Beyond the three main areas of emphasis in ballet, modern, and African dance, other courses including jazz, swing dance, floor-barre, tap, Flamenco and classical Indian dance are offered on a rotating schedule. Extensive full credit courses include areas of study in history, choreography, kinesiology, world dance cultures and dance writing.

There are many performing opportunities for students of all levels working with faculty, guest artists and student choreographers. All students on campus are enriched by an abundance of professional touring productions and in house concerts.

Dance at Duke dates back to the thirties. Once part of the Department of Health and Physical Education under the leadership of Julia Wray, it is now a freestanding program in the Humanities with a major and minor in Dance and an individualized major available through Program II.

Across The Threshold: Creativity, Being & Healing is sponsored by the Duke University Dance Program, co-sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute; the University of North Carolina Program on Integrative Medicine, Dept. of P.M. & R.; and the following Duke University Departments: Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Religion, Theater Studies.

For more info: The Symposium will be held on Duke’s East Campus in Durham. Registration is only $25 for the day, with a special student registration fee of $5. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited. To pre-register and for more information, see danceprogram.duke.edu/threshold

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Kala Ambrose is "Your Travel Guide to the Other Side". As an award winning author, national columnist, inspirational speaker, and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, Kala Ambrose's teachings are described as discerning, empowering and inspiring. Whether she’s speaking with world-renowned experts on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, writing about empowering lifestyle choices or teaching to groups around the country, fans around the world tune in daily for her inspirational musings and lively thought-provoking conversations. A highly interactive teacher on a mission to educate, entertain and inspire, Kala teaches and writes about ancient wisdom teachings and how their techniques can be used in modern day living. Her books, The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body and 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled both cover these topics. In addition, Kala shares her love of history, travel and the spirit world in her books Spirits of New Orleans and Ghosthunting North Carolina. Her books are designed to explore the history of cities in an entertaining manner while sharing haunted stories and offering travel tips on how to best see the cities to shop, dine, stay, and visit the haunted sites. Kala writes for the Huffington Post, the Examiner, AOL, Yahoo and Fate Magazine and presents workshops nationally on the Mind/Body/Spirit connection including Auras and Energy Fields, Developing Entrepreneur Intuition, Haunted History, and Wisdom Teachings at the Omega Institute, John Edward Presents Infinite Quest, Edgar Cayce's ARE, the Learning Annex, LilyDale Assembly, Daily Om and her school, the Academy of Mystical Arts & Spiritual Sciences.

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