Peace Moves is designed as a hub to share the work and interests of Erica Rose Jeffrey in the areas of Peace, Dance, Research, Education and Advocacy. read more »
Moving Toward Peace is an interactive Dance and Conflict Resolution Education workshop focusing on embodying communication skills through movement. Future goals include applying the embodiment of empathy through dance to conflict situations and peace building efforts. read more »
Studies show that the majority of communication is nonverbal and powerfully influences conflict situations. Scientists have identified mirror neurons, identical sets of neurons activated in an individual who is simply witnessing another person performing... read more »
Empathy has been identified as a key developmental component in formation of communication and conflict resolution skills. Increasingly, educational programs are seeking ways to incorporate empathy education emphasizing both emotional and synergistic relationships.
Empathy is an important element for facilitating interpersonalreconciliation and reintegration efforts,reaching local and global communities. read more »
Erica Rose Jeffrey completed a Master's in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia as a Rotary Peace Fellow. She is currently a PhD Candidate at the Queensland University of Technology- investigating the connections of creative dance and peacebuilding.
Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.read more »
Since 2001, Erica Rose Jeffrey has been working to connect dance, empathy and peace. The first professional dancer to be selected as Rotary World Peace Fellow, she is currently living in Australia after completing a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies and the University of Queensland with a research focus on dance connected to conflict transformation and peacebuilding.
Originally from Missoula, Montana, Erica Rose studied dance at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, graduating as valedictorian before joining Ballet Internationale. After dancing professionally for several years, she attended Indiana University on full academic and artistic scholarships as a Wells Scholar and graduated with degrees in Ballet and Mediation & Conflict Resolution.
Involved in multiple communities, Ms. Jeffrey taught for the San Francisco Ballet Dance in Schools and Communities program in public schools, Luna Dance Institute and directed Marin Dance Theatre’s Let’s All Dance! Outreach program. She was instrumental in launching the Parkinson’s Dance Project, Marin County’s first Dance for Parkinson’s program affiliated with the Mark Morris Dance for PD program. In addition to performing, she ran the dance company COUNTERPOINTE. Ms. Jeffrey has created the dance and conflict resolution education program, Moving Toward Peace and worked with the California Lawyers for the Arts youth education programs to integrate conflict resolution education and the arts.
In Australia she is active with the Rotary Community, the dance research community and has successfully launched the Dance for Parkinson's Australia program, affiliated with the Mark Morris Dance for PD program, with classes throughout Australia including Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney. Through her work with the Community Café Dialogues she has continued to work to build connections with diverse communities and facilitate important conversations. She is currently a Phd candidate at the Queensland University of Technology, looking further into the connections of dance, empathy and peace. read more »
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