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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

Healing Performance and Somatic Choreography

One day in November 2017, I had decided to participate in a meeting and dance workshop offered by the Sacred Dance Guild, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting dance as a sacred art and as a means of integrating the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental aspects of the self.  I had researched and written about sacred dance, but had never experienced it physically.

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Posted in authentic Movem, Dance, Global OutReach, Nia dance, Sacred Dance, Sacred Dance Guild Journal

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

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

“Revel in the Light” and “Dance in the Shadow” By: Susan Beayni

Rebecca Beayni, a differently abled dancer, painter and an inspirational presenter in the education field. Her life’s work is aimed at inviting people to dream of a more compassionate society where everyone’s gifts are recognized and welcomed.

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Posted in Art, authentic Movem, Dance, Drama, Handicapped, Liturgical dance, modern dance, Religious dance, Sacred Dance

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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Posted in Choreography, Dance, Drama, Historic Notes, Liturgical dance, modern dance, Religious dance, Sacred Dance

MOVING FROM MY CENTER by Stella Matsuda SDG Festival 2015 presenter

Festival 2015 presenter Stella Matsuda will be teaching a repertory piece, but is hoping that her philosophy of dance as described in this article will be what she really give to the dancers, not just steps.

Join Stella With boundless grace of God through dance

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Posted in Choreography, Dance, Dance festival, Liturgical dance, moving meditation, Religious dance, Sacred Dance

Dancing and praying in the nuclear age by Sister Martha Ann Kirk

We danced, “I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.”

I was born in the year that the U.S. dropped the first nuclear bombs. Now the United Nations is reviewing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. What does Christ call me to do in the face of all the suffering that has come in the nuclear age?

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