Juliet Irving is from Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina where she took dance classes at an early age, cultivating her love of movement and choreography. She is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University where she earned bachelor degrees in Dance Studies and Graphic Design. Throughout her five-year study at Appalachian, Irving’s art was featured in several university galleries and publications, and she choreographed multiple works for the dance department’s mainstage productions. She is passionate about the integration of visual and performance arts as well as how they can be incorporated within the community. The research Irving will conduct at Duke University focuses on the concept of ache, a manifestation of spirit that occurs through movement, and it’s application to improvisation and choreography. Working with experienced and non-experienced dancers alike, she will guide improvisations using various techniques and design environments to create immersive experiences in an effort to manifest ache within others.