Monthly Archives: April 2014

Creating Social Change Through Art: National Water Dance 2014

Photo courtesy of NationalWaterDance.org

Members of the Georgian Court University Department of Dance will join students from other universities, private dance schools, colleges, elementary schools, and dance companies across the nation as participants in National Water Dance, Saturday, April 12 at 4 p.m.

GCU’s dancers, led by department director Silvana Cardell, will perform near the Wellness Center pond on Georgian Court’s historic Lakewood campus as others nationwide— from the University of Alaska to those at Bates College in Maine—perform their own simultaneous, site-specific dance at local rivers, bays, lakes, ocean fronts, or other water sites.

Artistic director Dale Andree and producer Daniel Lewis aim to make the National Water Dance a “spectacular celebration of arts in action designed to initiate a national ‘water ethic’ in the U.S.—one that can inform and inspire both participants and audience members to take responsibility for conserving and protecting the water that they use and enjoy.” At the same time, “participants experience dance as a form of social activism, an opportunity to be part of a movement choir that creates social change through art.”

According to organizers, National Water Dance began in 2011 as a local event, initiated by Miami’s New World School of the Arts, to bring attention to the power and fragility of Florida’s waterways. Since then, the event has grown to involve more than 80 institutions in 30 states.

For more information, contact Silvana Cardell, Assistant Professor/Director of Dance, at 732.987.2170.

Focus on Mind-Body-Spirit at GCU’s 2014 Wellness Expo
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wellness_expo 2 wellness_expo 1 Wellness_Expo 3Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 4, 2014—Learn to clear clutter to transform your life or unlock the “six absolutely minimal necessities” to sustain health and inner joy during Georgian Court University’s annual Wellness Expo, sponsored by the Department of Holistic Health Studies, Saturday, April 12.

Now in its third year, the day-long showcase is slated for 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Casino building on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus. It is free and open to the public.

Participants can take advantage of a full day of presentations, including yoga classes for adults and children, and discussions that address weight loss, chronic disease prevention, Chinese healing art, chiropractic aromatherapy, thermography for breast health and many other topics.

In addition to hearing from presenters, participants can also visit with local vendors, consultants and practitioners who promote some aspect of holistic health.

“Wellness has diverse meanings for people and to attain optimum wellness throughout one’s life may be a fulltime job for some,” said Sachiko Komagata, Ph.D., director of GCU’s holistic health graduate program. “We hope that may find something or someone who may trigger their motivation to learn more about lifelong wellness.”

Visitors can also learn more about GCU’s coursework in holistic health. The university offers a master’s degree in holistic health, which can be earned in person or online. Students can also earn an undergraduate or graduate certificate in the field, which focuses on mind-body-spirit integration, quality of life and complementary (traditional) health care.

“Since 2004, we have graduated more than 100 dedicated and talent individuals who found unique value and meaning in pursuing the art and science of holistic health studies,” said Dr. Komagata.

Both the ‘art’ and the ‘science’ are incorporated in the Wellness Expo lineup for day, which begins at 11:15 a.m. with a guided meditation session by Wendy Koreyva from the Crystal Lotus Healing arts Studio in Sea Girt. Other activities follow, including a noon yoga outing for children with Sudha Allitt; qigong at 1 p.m. with Daoist Priest Darren Orr, a doctor of Chinese medicine; and even a session on self-care for caregivers with Suzanne McMurray, R.N.

Pre-registration is not required. For detailed information about the expo, visit the GCU Holistic Health Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/GCUHolisticHealth/ or e-mail Dr. Komagata at skomagata@georgian.edu.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves nearly 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

 

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