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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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Posted in Choreography, Christian dance, Circle Dance, Dance, Global OutReach, Liturgical dance, modern dance, Religious dance, Sacred Dance, Sacred Dance Guild Journal, World Dance

Sacred Healing Dance

Thank you for joining me as together we enter the Sacred Ground between us and thank you for taking this time to explore the healing power of our most precious gift of Sacred Dance.

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Posted in Body Prayer, Dance, Dance festival, Global OutReach, moving meditation, Religious dance, retreat, Sacred Dance, Sacred Dance Guild Journal, World Dance

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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Posted in Body Prayer, Choreography, Dance, Liturgical dance, Religious dance, Sacred Dance, Sacred Dance Guild Journal, World Dance

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

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 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

Immanuel, God with Me: A Christmas & New Year’s Reflection By Mary Margaret Bawden of Soul to Sole Choreography

Lord, thank you for DA:NCE (Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited). I’ve never experienced your leading quite so clearly and quickly as this project came into focus.

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Posted in Christian dance, Dance, Liturgical dance, Religious dance, Sacred Dance

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.

Posted in Choreography, Dance, Liturgical dance, Religious dance, Sacred Dance

Documenting a “Living Legacy” On-line: Carla De Sola By Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D.

This writing gives a short introduction to easily available film resources on Carla De Sola whom the Sacred Dance Guild has acclaimed as a “Living Legacy.” The Carla De Sola YouTube channel has been created and can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClG5oWfxeFGjRmxIPahDoxg.

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