Fulbright Scholar Award: University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Moving Forward: A Dance/Movement Therapy Approach to Healing in Sri Lanka
A growing need and interest for arts-based conflict resolution has emerged in Sri Lanka following the end of the 26 year-long civil war. Dance, in particular, has been an integral part of post-war Sri Lanka. As a Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka from October 2019-March 2020, I drew on my experience, bridging my 1) practice as a dance/movement therapist with survivors of trauma, 2) teaching within higher education and community settings, and 3) work implementing choreographic projects in war-torn countries. With the award, I organized and taught several introductory courses on dance/movement therapy for reconciliation in a post-war context and assist with curriculum development.