Newell Scholar explores indigenous sacred dance in community presentation

Newell Scholar explores indigenous sacred dance in community presentation

Dance can evoke emotions. It can help people with all kinds of human circumstances—from transitioning and rituals, rites of passage and death, and questions about living.

The Spring 2022 Martha Daniel Newell Visiting Scholar Dr. Carla Walter will explore the impact dance has had through history at her first open lecture Tuesday, Jan. 25 a 7 p.m. in Peabody Auditorium of Kilpatrick Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

She will present on the topic of “Indigenous Sacred Dance and Religious Histories” discussing some histories of indigenous sacred dance and religion from various points around the globe, dating before the Common Era.

“Attendees will gain an understanding of how religion, art, and sacred dance have intersected over time, and take with them a sense awe,” Walter said.

She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside in economics and a Master of Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino. Walter’s Doctor of Philosophy focuses on dance history and theory and is from the University of California, Riverside.

Throughout her career, Walter has worked in business, economics, finance, as well as, higher education. Her research has looked at not only the spirituality of dance but also the ways that dance can influence purchase behavior in consumers, among other things.

The author of several books including “Sacred Dance Meditations: 365 Globally Inspired Movement Practices Enhancing Awakening, Clarity, and Connection,” “Arts Management: An Entrepreneurial Approach” and “Dance, Consumerism, and Spirituality,” Walter will teach a class at Georgia College this semester on Global Perspectives of Indigenous Dance and Religious Histories.

“Students are going to learn to analyze a culture's sense of being as it’s related to indigenous dance,” said Walter. “We will look at locations from Egypt to Africa to Mesoamerica over to the Polynesian Islands and Australia, back up to India, Mongolia, Tibet, back over to Persia, and then the Andes. So, the students are going to get a worldview.”

Two other presentations later in the spring semester will feature the work of her students. Those will be April 5 at 7 - 8 p.m. and April 26 at 7 - 8 p.m. Both take place in Ennis Hall 201.

Updated: 2022-01-21
Carla Walter
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