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The guiDE program provides DukeEngage alumni a pathway to continue their commitment to service and civic engagement by providing leadership, mentorship and service opportunities that support wider DukeEngage efforts on campus and beyond.




Major: Biology

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Connie Zhou is a rising senior at Duke University studying Biology, Psychology, and Dance. On campus, Connie is currently the VP of Collaborations for duARTS (Duke’s arts programming body), co-president of Dance Expressions (volunteers teaching dance weekly to local organizations), and captain of Duke’s Dancing Devils (Duke’s dance team). She has also gained immunology lab research experience through Duke University Medical School and UC San Francisco. As a pre-medical student with a passion for dance, she is particularly interested in investigating the intersection of dance and healthcare through her senior distinction project centered around her DukeEngage Experience with Dance for Parkinson’s Disease in New York, as well as with the local Durham Dance for PD class. To read more about her time in DkeEngage independent project, click here:

Resource Guide

Following her summer working in New York, Connie developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in that program — or similar programs.

Dance 318S. In this class with Dr. Wilbur, one learns to critically analyze movement from a sociocultural and ethnographic perspective. The analytical eye this class gave me provided me with a lens to explore Dance for PD this summer. I think there is much to be gained from this course–not just my own discipline but in any DukeEngage project regarding a community or population that might be different from your own.

All journals on Dance for PD’s website about the latest research