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Doctoral Student Lindsay to Present ‘Embodied Leadership’ April 2-3

Posted on March 29, 2010 in: Academics
Stephanie Lindsay, a student in the Gonzaga University Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies, stretches as she prepares to dance. Lindsay has embraced her passion for dance and combined it with leadership to offer leaders a unique way to develop their authentic self and become more effective. Photo by Jennifer Raudebaugh.

Stephanie Lindsay, a student in the Gonzaga University Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies, stretches as she prepares to dance. Lindsay has embraced her passion for dance and combined it with leadership to offer leaders a unique way to develop their authentic self and become more effective. Photo by Jennifer Raudebaugh.

SPOKANE, Wash. – The expressive arts institute Souls of Our Feet will present “Embodied Leadership,” a weekend experience April 2-3 that includes three four-hour workshops, a reception, roundtable discussion and “True Stories,” a performance inspired by the life and work of postmodern dancer-choreographer Anna Halprin.

Stephanie Lindsay, a student in Gonzaga University’s Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies, founded and directs the Spokane Valley-based institute and is organizing the events with help from five other performance artists – all of whom were trained through the Tamalpa Institute, co-founded by Halprin and her daughter Daria in Kentfield, Calif.

Lindsay employs expressive arts workshops to help leaders reach their full potential through movement, visual arts and creative writing. The idea is to improve leadership by increasing self-knowledge via the link between life and art. Using pathos and humor, connections between life and art emerge as the process artfully weaves the material of performers’ real lives to bring about positive change and growth in themselves and their audiences.

The workshops will take place at Gonzaga’s Dance Studio, located at the corner of Pearl Street and DeSmet Avenue. Specifically they will cover effective communication, decision-making, defining what is truly important, articulating dimensions of leadership, sharing personal stories and becoming more authentic.

The roundtable discussion and wine reception titled, “Out of the Office and into the Studio,” begins at 6 p.m., April 2 when Souls of Our Feet teachers and performers share their histories and life progress. The event also will include a conversation on the transformative potential the expressive arts hold. Crowning the weekend will be a public performance at 7:30 p.m., April 3 in the Bing Crosby Theatre (901 W. Sprague Ave.).

The weekend’s workshops, reception, roundtable discussion and the April 3 performance all are open to the public for $150. Gonzaga graduate students also may take the workshop for 1 credit. Individual workshops are $45 each. Tickets to the performance are $15 at the door for the public, $7.50 for GU faculty, staff and students.

Preregistration is required; to register, contact Stephanie Lindsay at (509) 939-5433 or via e-mail. For more information please visit the Souls of Our Feet Web site.

Lindsay and Lois Melina, an alumna of Gonzaga’s Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies, will lead a women’s retreat designed to explore personal leadership from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 24 at the Hidden Lake Retreat in Eagle Creek, Ore. The cost for that event is $45; to register, contact Lois Melina at (208) 310-6195, via e-mail or visit the following Web site.

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