Workshops and Classes

Festival 2010 News Release

Sacred Dance Flash Mob Benefit July 29

Teen Dancer Inspires Flash Mob

Former Alvin Ailey Dancer Simply Soaring

An Artist Reflects on the Festival Logo

Faculty Concert Poster


Morning Warm-up Sessions

Temple in Action
Presenter: Cynthia Thomas-Rustin

This early morning power movement session is designed for trained and untrained dancers of all ages. It will prepare your temple for action by using dynamic stretches, dance combinations and floor patterns. It will have your spirit "Simply Soaring."

Cynthia Thomas-Rustin is a certified fitness and dance instructor with over 20 years of experience in modern jazz, cultural, and spiritual dance. Cynthia is the owner and founder of International Fit Dance Inc., Spiritual Movement Dance Ministry and she is the television host of Gospel Dance at itís Best. She currently teaches for Richmond Public Schools and serves as a global missionary, ministering and conducting workshops and seminars

Prepare for Takeoff
Presenter: Diana Johnson Burton

Gentle yoga to warm up the dancers instrument. The workshop will focus on spinal alignment, hip opening poses and balancing of the pelvis and sacrum. We will practice gentle breath work that lifts energy and heats up our "engines" to prepare for soaring. This warm-up is designed for all fitness levels.

Diana Johnson Burton is a certified yoga instructor with 15 years of teaching experience. She is a licensed massage therapist and combines her knowledge of the body and yoga with her love of dance. Diana has studied ballet, jazz and modern dance and is a current dancer with the Fredericksburg Sacred Dance Ensemble.

Simply Soaring: Sitting Chair Exercise
Presenter: Betsy O'Neill

While seated in chairs, participants, including those challenged by age, disability, or injury, will prepare for their day by warming up the body while nurturing the mind and spirit. Elements from yoga, (breathing exercises, modified asanas ((postures)), relaxation techniques, Pilates, senior fitness, and dance/movement prayers will be included.

In a positive, supportive, and non-competitive environment, participants will learn to love, honor, accept, listen to and take care of their individual bodies. Focus will be not only on preparation for the day ahead, but also on integrating those skills into their lives after SDG Festival 2010.

Betsy O'Neill is a dancer, dance educator, and choreographer as well as an instructor of both yoga and Pilates. She earned a BA in Dance/Dance Education and an MA in Dance Education from New York University. A resident of New York City, Betsy has been involved with sacred/liturgical dance for 30 years and has been active in the SDG since 1996. Recently, she coordinated, choreographed, and danced in two dance vespers services including a Thanksgiving Dance Vespers Service (2008) celebrating the Bicentennial of the Archdiocese of New York.

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