2021 Assembly Keynote Presenters

Carla Walter, Ph.D.

Rosemary Candelario, Ph.D.

Dr. Carla Walter has been intimately involved with dance over her lifetime. She holds a doctorate in Dance History and Theory, and at this point she is focused on teaching sacred dance meditation, a process that brings together the body, mind, and spirit in a gentle and loving way to facilitate spiritual experiences and intentional Realization. Her choreography draws from indigenous cultures who practiced sacred dance for many eons. The spiritual practices meld western and eastern philosophies. She has more than 30 years of experience choreographing, teaching, and working with others to help them with spiritual development through sacred dance. She is the named Martha Daniel Newell Visiting Scholar at Georgia College and State University for the 2022 academic year.

Dr. Walter is an Associate of Osteopathic Medicine, holds a certification in Somatic Movement Therapy, and is a Certified Spiritual Counselor. She is Founder and CEO of Dance in the Spirit, LLC, where she teaches sacred dance meditation classes, offers training for practitioners, workshops, and retreats. She has published several books, including Dance, Consumerism and Spirituality, and numerous articles on dance and spirituality. You can follow her work on Amazon.

Dr. Rosemary Candelario writes about and makes dances engaged with butoh, ecology, and site-specific performance. Recent premieres include aqueous (2019, Kyoto Butoh Festival, Japan) and 100 Ways to Kiss the Trees (2018, Denton, Texas). She is the recipient of the 2018 Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research for her book Flowers Cracking Concrete: Eiko & Koma’s Asian/American Choreographies (Wesleyan University Press 2016). Rosemary is also the co-editor with Bruce Baird of The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance (2018). She holds a PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA and is Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University, where she directs the PhD program.