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Senior Capstone Interview Questionnaire:  Elaine Herg Sisler

During our Sacred Dance Guild journey to the UK in 2017 a Mercyhurst College senior, Sarah Ruesch, asked if I would fill out a questionnaire regarding liturgical dance. I agreed and therefore it became part of her research for her senior capstone project.  

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VASUDHAIVA KUTUMBAKAM

Bharatanatyam dance explores the path towards Spirituality. Dance is a form of praise, a way to connect with the divine. The purposes of the practice of a religion are to achieve the goals of salvation for oneself and others. Salvation, for the Hindu, can be achieved in one of three ways: the way of works, the way of knowledge, or the way of devotion.

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The Sacredness of Nature and Dance

Dance can be a profoundly personal experience of transformation. But when we dance for others, it is important that we become vessel for the prayer or healing to move through us and touch others. We start by remembering that indeed we are in ritual to illuminate for others.

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LIVING ART

The dance that evolves from my practice is a Sacred dance that embodies all the struggles and empowerments of selfhood and identity as well as the liberation of transcendence. These experiences are all interwoven and are integral to my divine journey.

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AN ECOLOGY OF THE BODY

Our bodies are the earth. The earth is our body. In my practice of walking, dancing and writing in connection to the landscape and seascape is where I keep living these words.

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Equinox: Movement of Balance

The 2020 dance performance, Equinox: Moment of Balance occurred at precisely the same time all over the globe. It took place at the moment of the September Equinox, when the sun crosses the equator, when the length of daylight and the length of nighttime are equal and balanced…it was such a lovely experience to feel embodied unity with almost 100 dancers at one exact moment all together.

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Book Review: Jane Wellford’s “Moving Liturgy: Dance in Christian Worship, a Step by Step Guide” Reviewed by Karen Josephson

The book begins with what liturgical dance entails in terms of its background and scope. It covers practical considerations of preparations, working with worship leaders, space, costumes, fees, and creating your own group.

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Glory Brighter Than Burning Napalm: Dance in the Face of Violence By Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D

Glory Brighter Than Burning Napalm: Dance in the Face of Violence By Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. As the world mourns the death of Father Daniel Berrigan, SJ, priest, poet, and prophet of peace, let us remember that Carla De

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Alleluia Dance Theater: COME TO THE WATER a Dance retreat by Stella Matsuda

 “COME TO THE WATER” ALLELUIA DANCE THEATER Dance/Prayer Retreat Holy Spirit Retreat Center, Encino, CA  January 15-17, 2016  We entered into the year 2016, with our thoughts focused on water as a precious commodity in our lives. As we gather together

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Dancing on Waves of Grace – Synopsis: “You Should Have Been There!”

Let’s take a look back at the festival Dancing on Waves of Grace
Sacred Dance Guild Festival 2015

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