The Dance Program currently sponsors several academic conferences, including:

The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD)

  • CADD is an egalitarian community of scholars and artists committed to exploring, promoting, and engaging African diaspora dance as a resource and method of aesthetic identity. Through conferences, roundtables, publications and public events, we aim to facilitate interdisciplinary inquiry that captures the variety of topics, approaches, and methods that might constitute Black Dance Studies. A diverse gathering of dance scholars and community members, The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance was conceptualized by its founding members and first convened in April 2012 as the African Diaspora Dance Research Group at Duke University.

Across the Threshold: Creativity, Being & Healing

  • This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars and practitioners from scientific, creative, and mystical disciplines to explore and share transformative paths leading to integration of mind, body and spirit. Acknowledging these complex interrelationships is a step towards empowered and enlightened healing of ourselves, our relationships, and our environment. We are physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual beings, and the interplay between all these parts of ourselves affects our quality of life moment-to-moment -- our ability to synthesize ideas and knowledge; to develop our intuition; to imagine and create; to heal.