Faculty

Core Faculty

Thomas DeFrantz

Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies
Professor in the Program in Dance
Professor of Theater Studies
Professor of Women's Studies
Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies

Office: 1316 Campus Dr, Rm 243C, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: African and African-american S, Box 90252, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 668-1929

t.defrantz@duke.edu

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Barbara Dickinson

Professor of the Practice of Dance

Office: 205 Bivins Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 660-3352

bhdic@duke.edu

Barbara Dickinson is Professor of the Practice of Dance for the Duke University Dance Program where she teaches Modern Technique, Repertory, Performance, Choreography, and Dance... full profile »

John Hanks

Staff Associate of Dance

Office: 205 Bivins Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0685

Phone: (919) 660-3354

Percussionist / pianist / electronic musician John Hanks is music director and web master for the Duke University Dance Program, where he teaches "Music for Dancers"/Dance 375, and is a musician for... full profile »

Keval Kaur Khalsa

Professor of the Practice of Dance
Associate Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies

Office: 1215 Carroll St., Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 225-3192

keval.khalsa@duke.edu

My spiritual path is that of a Sikh, which translates as “student”. As a life-long learner, my research focus is embodied, experiential education, particularly that which promotes social change. I am... full profile »

Michael Klien

Associate Professor Of The Practice of Dance

michael.klien@duke.edu

Michael Kliën, Ph.D., has worked individually and collaborated extensively all over Europe and the USA in an artistic capacity, as well as an academic educator. He has guest-taught at six MFA... full profile »

Purnima Shah

Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance
Director of the Program in Dance

Office: 205 Bivins Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 660-3377

purnima.shah@duke.edu

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Andrea Woods Valdés

Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance

Office: 205 Bivins Building, 2 Bordie Gym Drive, Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 660-3358

ae.woodsv@duke.edu

In my work I use dance as contemporary folklore. Everyone has a story to tell. The presence of Black women in America offers a rich and valuable landscape to explore. As a former dancer with Bill T.... full profile »

Ava LaVonne Vinesett

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Program in Dance
Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Dance Program

Office: 205 Bivins Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 660-3354

ava@duke.edu

The transmission of danced legacies and the identification of their evolutionary presence in contemporary venues are the primary underpinnings of my artistic work. The physical articulation of... full profile »

Julie Janus Walters

Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Program of Dance

Office: 205 Bivins Building, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 660-3354

julie.walters@duke.edu

My experience as a former principal dancer with more than 30 years of professional performing experience has greatly informed my development as a teacher, researcher and choreographer. Working with... full profile »

Tyler Walters

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Program in Dance

Office: 205 Bivins Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 660-3355

tyler.walters@duke.edu

As a leading dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in New York, Tyler Walters was featured in over a thousand performances at major venues across the United States and around the world. During his twelve... full profile »

Affiliated Faculty

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M Dorrance

Associate Professor of the Practice Emeritus of Dance

Office: 106 Bivins Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 660-3354

mdorranc@duke.edu

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Amy Leah Ginsburg

Instructor, (P T)/Univ in Dance

Office: 107 Bivins, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 660-3354

amy.ginsburg@duke.edu

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Medina Johnson

Instructor of Dance

Office: 106 Bivins Building, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 660-3553

medina.johnson@duke.edu

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Carlota Santana

Instructor of Dance

Office: 106 Bivins Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 660-3354

carlota.santana@duke.edu

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Clay Taliaferro

Professor of the Practice Emeritus of Dance

Office: 106 Bivins Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 660-3354

ctalia@duke.edu

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Katya Wesolowski

Visiting Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Office: Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90019, Durham, NC 27708-0025

Phone: (919) 660-7087

katya.wesolowski@duke.edu

As an anthropologist and dancer, my teaching and research interests center on Brazil, Latin America and the Africa Diaspora. My work focuses on expressive culture and globalization; bodies and... full profile »

Nina Wheeler

Instructor of Dance

Office: 106 Bivins Building, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686

Phone: (919) 660-3353

now3@duke.edu

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