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September 26, 2023 6:00–8:00 pm
Rubenstein Arts Center 124
Dance & Movement

SoulFull Somatics

Partnership with Duke Arts Create & DuWell

Taught by Sadé Jones

About the Workshop

Mind over matter, right? Wrong! Our society has conditioned us to see the mind as more of a dictator over the body. But, the body can restructure and restore the mind. It is by the “doing” that we experience deep transformation.

In this session we approach mindfulness from a body-centered perspective. Sade offers her expert knowledge in somatics supported by elements of dance, yoga, and psychology to explore our body’s own intelligence. The process brings to light new ways to view self, others, and situations. All coming from a soulful backdrop of carefully curated music.

Her Movement Signature Technique teaches us how the body holds your essence, how it is dynamic, and how you can recalibrate it. Leave with foundational somatic practices + easy to apply info.

More than a workshop — it is an experience!

DISCLAIMER: This program involves physical exertion and movement through and across space, so before beginning ensure you have adequate clear, safe space free of obstacles to move and are wearing appropriate footwear for the floor surface. If more than one person will be participating, ensure adequate space to avoid contact with other participants. It is your responsibility to use personal judgment concerning the degree of your participation in the activities, and to determine that you are in proper physical condition to participate in such activities. Participation by Duke University or Duke University Health System employees in this program is completely voluntary. Employees are free to join or take part (or not take part) with no repercussion or reflection (positive or negative) on their employment.

About the Instructor

Sade M Jones is an award winning dancer, actress, choreographer and movement director.
Her work lives in the interdisciplinary praxis of psychology, theatre making, culture and the healing arts. Her training is rooted in Laban Movement Analysis and Ballet and then professionally grew into Horton, Graham, Dunham, West African, Afro-Cuban, and Jazz. Her lineages include Leah Smiley Tubbs, Melissa Villarreal, Rudolfo Mendez, Cadence Whittier, Donna Davenport, and Jean Claude Lessou.

Her awards include B. Iden Payne, Austin Critics Table and Austin Examiner. She was featured on PBS Arts In Context as well as in Voyage Austin and Eastside Magazine. She has performed in theaters nation-wide including Salvage Vanguard Theatre, University of Texas at Austin, The Long Center, University of Louisville, Dixon Place and more. As an actress, the film Dark Matters was premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and has recently been inducted into the Criterion Collection.

She has made an impact through her workshops and trainings with SXSW, Facebook, Texas Health & Human Services, University Federal Credit Union, CASA and Waterloo Greenway. Her work bringing life to music videos can be seen with Magna Carda, Riders Against the Storm and Trouble In The Streets. She curates artistic, mindful and culturally relevant ways for individuals and groups to embody innate wholeness and address otherwise ‘charged’ topics in a heartfelt yet honest way. Her work is heralded as “cathartic, genuine, provocative and beautiful.”

Sade holds a graduate degree in Social Psychology and is a 2025 candidate for a Master’s of Fine Arts at Duke University where she will be studying Dance as Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis.

About the Location

This workshop meets in the Room 124 of the Rubenstein Arts Center. Get Directions.

Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC, 27705

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).