Keval K. Khalsa, Professor of the Practice Emerita of Dance

Office Location:  Rubenstein Arts Center 209K, 2020 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0685
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3373
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Keval K. Khalsa

My spiritual path is that of a Sikh, which translates as “student”. As a life-long learner, my research focus is embodied, experiential education, particularly that which promotes social change. I am interested in ways that dance, theater and yoga can be used as tools for personal and social transformation, particularly with communities often identified as “at risk”. Current research projects include:
• a BASS Connections-supported study of the effects of a regular yoga practice on middle school students in Orange County, NC,
• the use of interactive theater to address issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual health.

Typical Courses Taught:


M.A., Ohio State University, 1981

Research Interests:

Kundalini Yoga, Sikh Dharma, Choreography & Performance, Boal-based Theater techniques

Current projects:

Professional Trainer, Level I Teacher Training Courses in the US and Ghana, West Africa, North Carolina Regional Coordinator, Y.O.G.A. for Youth, Associate Trainer, Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Training in North Carolina, Co-Coordinator, Across The Threshold Working Group

Areas of Interest:

Modern Dance
Choreography & Performance
Kundalini Yoga
Sikh Dharma
Boal-based Theater

Professional Work and Scholarship


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