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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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Posted in Art, authentic Movem, Choreography, Dance, Drama, Global OutReach, modern dance, Sacred Dance Guild Journal

Let Them Praise God’s Name in the Dance (Ps 149:3)

as we engaged with open welcome in a dance workshop in a space where faith has been expressed in many ways over centuries, at least one woman from the local area found a renewal of faith expression through movement that had lain dormant for some time. As we engaged the mysticism of Julian of Norwich in a circle dance, those present connected with the spiritual ancestry of our context.   

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Posted in Body Prayer, Christian dance, Dance, Liturgical dance, Religious dance, retreat, Sacred Dance, Sacred Dance Guild Journal

Marian Chace Foundation Lecture 2020 Trauma-Informed Dance Movement Therapy: Real Life Trainings with Syrian Refugees, China and US COVID-19 Hotline

by Ilene A. Serlin, Ph.D, BC-DMT Over the course of the last twenty years, I have had the opportunity to get more experience working with intergenerational trauma, starting in Israel in 1986 through Dr. Vivien Marcow Speiser and Lesley University.

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Posted in authentic Movem, Body Prayer, Dance, Drama, folk dance, Global OutReach, moving meditation, Religious dance, Sacred Dance, Sacred Dance Guild Journal

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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1,000 Bows to Beauty

I am obsessed with the Divine Dance. My dance led and moved me from childhood, into the UCLA Dance Department, through seminary and seminary teaching, into Body and Soul Dance Company, and on to cofound InterPlay with Phil Porter.

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Posted in authentic Movem, Body Prayer, Christian dance, Dance, Liturgical dance, Movement Choir, moving meditation, Sacred Dance, Sacred Dance Guild Journal

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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Posted in Art, authentic Movem, Body Prayer, Choreography, Dance, Drama, Editorial, modern dance, moving meditation, retreat, Sacred Dance, Sacred Dance Guild Journal

Moving in the Infinite

Dance has become my spiritual practice, the food for my soul, the instrument, with which I can communicate on all levels, the tool to open my awareness beyond the ordinary perception. Enabling me to see and hear, connect and become one with that which moves through all of life. 

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My Dance

Learning Shakuhachi was the big lesson for this life. I again learned the feeling of connection to the earth. Watching, listening, feeling the breath and then the sound and then the silence. Shakuhachi is a type of Zen and it follows the ancient Japanese tradition of Ma, sound and silence, movement and stillness, object and space and it is clearly seen in the traditional brush painting of black paint and white background.

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Posted in Dance, labyrinth, moving meditation, music, Sacred Dance, Sacred Dance Guild Journal

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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My Lifelong Search for Sacred Dance

When I reflect on my lifelong dedication to Sacred Dance, I see that all along I have been motivated by the longing to worship with others in a way which strengthens community, welcomes the body, and honours women and the earth. The traditional circle dances I’ve been researching for 35 years have been the golden thread guiding me on this journey. The dances represent a living lineage of indigenous European wisdom, in harmony with that of non-European peoples, and the values they embody are exactly the values we need to rekindle now, as we face a critical crossroads in human history.

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Posted in Circle Dance, Dance, folk dance, moving meditation, Religious dance, Sacred Dance, Sacred Dance Guild Journal, World Dance