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April 04, 2008


Mantsoe, knees deeply bent, one leg out in a dance pose
Vincent Mantsoe

The Healing Power Of Dance

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Greg Kelly

The Healing Power Of Dance

Vincent Mantsoe is a dancer and choreographer who performs all over the world. Growing up in the townships of South Africa, Vincent was exposed to the rhythms of dance early in life: his mother was a sangoma, or traditional healer. When he got older, he got excited about Michael Jackson and other pop musicians - they got him onto the dance floor - and his family spirituality kept him grounded. Vincent talks to Dick Gordon about the healing power of dance. He recently danced in a performance called "Men-Jaro," which translates to "We are all friends."


Pam Rock signed up for the Peace Corps because she was interested in working in a developing country, and she wanted to improve her Spanish. But the experience was not a lot of fun for her, even months into her time abroad. Then, one day, she read something that changed her perspective, not only of her time in the Peace Corps, but for her whole life.


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