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Sacred Dance Guild Festival 2012
July 24-29, 2012
Hope College
Holland, Michigan




Dancing a World of Hope - Embracing Hope!
Major Presenters

"Dancing the Landscape - Creative Dialogue brings Hope"
Dianne Eno

Dancers have the opportunity to work on healing the human/ nature split through environmental dances that seek to create a sense of “dialoguing” between the dancing body and the dynamic, living landscape. Participants will encounter the exterior landscapes through a series of exercises and tasks with time designated for intermittent journal reflections and group sharing. Be prepared to work outdoors, rain or shine!

Dianne Eno is artistic director, choreographer and principal performer with the environmental dance company, Dianne Eno/Fusion Danceworks (www.fusiondanceworks.net) . The company is best known for 25 years of performing at the summit of Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH. Professional trainig includes Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA) and Dance Theater Workshop (invitational choreographer's lab with Bessie Schonberg). Much of Ms. Eno's work, both educational and performance-oriented, is fused with Native American Sign Language creating a unique movement style reflecting her own American Indian roots. Her strong orientation in Native American values is evident in her work. See http://www.fusiondanceworks.net/


"Surrendering to the Soul of Ancient Persia"
Shahrzad Khorsandi

Persian philosophy, poetry, music and dance all embody the theme of the mind, soul and body becoming one, and the never-ending, eternally transforming energy, signifying hope. Continuous, fluid, and circular/curvilinear lines are intrinsic in Persian culture and art. These same aesthetics can be seen and felt kinetically in the dance style, as well as heard in the music. Come and explore through movement and music, the depth of the cultural and emotional basis for this theme.

Shahrzad Khorsandi is a contemporary choreographer, who, since 1996 she has directed a non-profit dance academy, Shahrzad Dance Academy (SDA), and a performing ensemble, Shahrzad Dance Company (SDC), a dance troupe that performs her choreography. Shahrzad has been involved in Persian dance since childhood and is passionate about preserving and teaching the beauty of those ancient traditions. She studied modern dance and performance art at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, and graduated with honors with a BA in Dance, and an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. Her training in dance consists of Modern, Jazz, Ballet, West African, and Persian dance. She has served on the dance faculty at colleges in California. See http://dancepersian.org/


Get Your Hopes Up!
Kathryn Mihelick & Andrea Shearer

Participants will be led through improvisational movement experiences designed to detect their "hope hang-ups", to consider overcoming external impediments to fulfillment, and discovering pathways to spiritual growth and enrichment. Four daily themes include moving from pain to healing, isolation to relationship, turmoil to peace, and faith-less to faithful. The sessions will also involve experience in choreography, giving you a dance to take home.

Kathryn Mihelick and Andrea Shearer are Director and Associate Director of Leaven Dance Company. Kathryn holds an MA degree in Theatre and Dance, Kent State University, is Asst. Professor and former KSU Dance Division Coordinator. Andrea has a Master of Dance degree, University of Michigan, and is Professor and Dance Division Director at Kent State University. Both have danced with professional companies, taught extensively at conferences both nationally and internationally, receiving several grants and honor awards for their work. Their contribution to the dance community includes serving terms on the Executive Boards of SDG and OhioDance. See http://faculty-l.slis.kent.edu/~tfroehli/leaven/about.html


Modern Dance for Body and Soul
Denise Damon Wade

This class will offer a warm-up of breath, core strengthening and centering work that builds to fullbodied and increasingly complex movement through space. Emphasis on breath, weight, phrasing and focus allows for recognition and expansion of one’s physical tendencies and stylistic range which will be used to joyfully embody the music and celebrate the Spirit through dance as we Dance A World of Hope together.

Denise Damon Wade has performed, choreographed and taught professionally in the United States and Europe. She has performed with the Telos Tanz Theatre (Germany) Peridance Ensemble (NYC), Arlington Dance Theatre, Fairfax Ballet and for numerous independent choreographers. Wade received her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and is an Associate Professor and Director of Dance at the College of William and Mary. Wade choreographs and performs with her contemporary dance company Gravity Optional and with St. Martin's Liturgical Dance Company. See http://www.wm.edu/as/tsd/dance/faculty/wade_d.php


"Hope's Journey"
Jason Warley
Come and explore the journey we take on the heels of HOPE. It is a journey perceived to have tricky corners, road blocks and impenetrable walls. Using the concept of a maze we will identify obstacles and how to use them in the presence of hope and what happens when hope and uncertainty collide. We will discover technical principles, work on and share choreography and produce a dance piece.

Jason Warley is trained in various genres of dance including, Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Liturgical & Theater Dance. His movement style, often approached from a theatrical perspective, seamlessly blends pedestrian movement with linear lines, the use of weight, an understanding of space with an emphasis on technical ease. Jason is a Master Teacher, having shared his gifts with many dancers throughout the United States & Japan. He has previously served as Dance Clinician for The Fellowship's National Convocation in St. Louis, MO & Orlando, Florida, the National Conference for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century in Dallas, Texas and Music & Liturgical Arts week at Lake Junaluska, NC. See http://www.jasonwarley.com

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