“Sometimes art achieves what therapy, medicine, or the best care of health professionals cannot. Sometimes art even achieves something that’s beyond the best intentions of the artist. These moments can feel like little miracles when they happen, but they are usually instances of art functioning as it normally does: inspiring motivation, engaging parts of people’s bodies or brains that they haven’t been using, or allowing them to transcend their environments for a little while.”

– Liz Lerman, Founding Artistic Director, Dance Exchange


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Dance Exchange:
Tools for Health Arts Integration Workshop

Sponsored by the UNCW College of Health & Human Services

Fri., Apr. 27 & Sat., Apr. 28, 2012 | 10am - 5pm
McNeill Hall & Trinity Grove (631 Junction Creek Dr)

The UNCW College of Health & Human Services, in partnership with the Office of Cultural Arts, presents a two-day workshop for CHHS students, faculty, artists and professional health care colleagues. Conducted by the internationally-acclaimed Dance Exchange, as part of the MetLife Healthy Living Initiative, the workshop prepares participants to use simple yet effective artistic tools to enhance their professional and clinical work.

Whether new to the arts or looking to expand your creative skill set in patient care settings, the workshop provides innovative movement-based artistic practices to assist in achieving clinical goals. The workshop engages students and professionals in participatory learning through experiential activities and model teaching, and clinical experience with residents at Trinity Grove, a local non-profit nursing home. Through classroom study and field experience, participants learn techniques and build skills that can be applied immediately to health care environments.

Lunch provided for confirmed workshop participants on Friday and Saturday.


Registration is free and open to all CHHS students and faculty. A limited number of spots are also available for local health care professionals. To register, please click here.

For more information, contact Courtney Reilly (email or 910.962.2082).

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Dance Exchange: Public Presentation Arts in Health Care
Friday, April 27, 2012 | 11:30pm - 12:30pm
UNCW McNeill Hall (multi-purpose room)

As part of the two-day workshop, Dance Exchange teaching artist Shula Strassfeld, will host a public presentation and Q&A on the ground-breaking work of the Dance Exchange and their multi-disciplinary approach to enhancing the effects of therapeutic work and re-energizing relationships with patients, family members and health care professionals. For more information, click here.

About the Dance Exchange

Founded in 1976 by internationally acclaimed choreographer Liz Lerman, the Dance Exchange is an inter-generational company of dynamic dance artists. Serving as an incubator for creative research, the Dance Exchange moves ideas to action through their social commitment and artistic collaborations with professionals in fields ranging from coal mining, genetic research, human rights, particle physics, ecology and health services.

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