Sacred Dance Guild Festival 2010
Simply Soaring - Aurora Borealis Banquet
July 28, 2010
The Aurora Borealis Banquet
This year's Festival Banquet was named for the dazzling sky phenomenon of brilliant, colorful lights. These "Northern Lights" are called by the Cree people “Dance of the Spirits."
Fittingly, the Banquet illuminated our hearts and minds with SDG's dancing spirits both past and present.
It all began with a dance of welcome and faith by the SDG Executive Board
Annual Membership Meeting
SDG President JoyBeth Lufty reports on the positives and progress of SDG, but also issues and a call to action for much needed funding and increased membership. We need you!
Yes We Can-Can!
Mary Kamp (Festival Co-Director) and Elaine Sisler (SDG Public Relations Co-Director) respond to JoyBeth with a dance of affirmation and fun!
Mary Jane Wolbers, a past president of SDG and a continuing force in shaping the organization, was among the many who shared some thoughts at the Banquet.
Festival 2010: Dedicated to Phyllis Stonebrook
Karen Josephson spoke in tribute to Phyllis, a scheduled presenter who became too ill to attend the Festival. Karen made us laugh and weep with her tender recollections of her friendship with Phyllis, who enjoyed hearing about Fest later. Sadly, Phyllis passed away from this life on September 7. She is now truly among the Dancing Spirits of the Aurora Borealis.
Let There Be Light
As, JoyBeth read a poem, Let There Be Light, by her friend Rosemary Partridge, a multi-faceted interpretation was offered by Karen Josephson (signing), Linda Telesco (dance), and Debbie Danbrook (flute). Click here to read the poem
Youth and Social Justice
Natalie Anderson, a 14-year-old dancer from Waterford, Connecticut was on hand to talk about her work on behalf of the Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut, a social service agency for victims of domestic violence. Natalie trains at Dance Extension, a studio in New London where Marcia Miller, SDG Treasurer, teaches dance. Natalie inspired "Sacred Dance Gives the Sole" the benefit fundraiser of the Fest 2010 Flash Mob. Pictured here: Marcia, Natalie, and Liz Anderson, Natalie's mom.
More Banquet Photos: Silent Auction, Buffet, Find Your Table and more.
(Photos on this link are by Linda Telesco and do not appear on the SDG Photo CD)