Sacred Dance Guild Festival 2012
July 24-29, 2012
Dancing a World of Hope - Awaken to Hope!
Early Morning Sessions
Yoga for the Lattice
Yoga for the Lattice is a new holistic form of yoga created along the EMF Balancing
Technique. It integrates breathing exercises, mindful poses and clear intent. During the
poses, the focus is guided on clearing and balancing the energy within and around your
body, called the Lattice and also known as the aura. Strengthen the energy of love and
wisdom in your body, mind, and spirit.
Helena Froehlich is the Artistic director of CREATIONDANCE, a multi-generational
sacred dance company, with a passion to develop awareness and build community, through
dance as a spiritual practice. CreationDance creates short choreographies as well as full
length programs in collaboration with musicians and choirs, performing in churches and
theaters, spiritual venues or charitable events around New England and France.
Creationdance was first created in France in 1999, where Director Helena Froehlich, has received several choreographic grants. In
2001 it expanded to New Jersey and since 2005, Creationdance is in residence at the First Unitarian Society in Newton, FUSN, MA.
"Center" is a concept that applies to all aspects of one’s life- to center the mind, body and spirit is the foundation of hope. This is a classical ballet barre incorporating somatic principals to prepare the dancer for a day of movement, exploration, joy and hope.
Linda Graham currently serves as Chair of the Hope College Dance Department, where she has served on faculty for 29 years.
She graduated from the National Academy of Arts, received her BFA in Theatre and MFA in Choreography/Performance from the
University of Illinois and was a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and DanceMoves, performing under the
direction of Ulysses Dove, Anna Sokolow, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Mary Anthony and others. She co-founded Aerial Dance Theatre
(now known as dANCEpROjECt) and is currently co-director of StrikeTime Dance Company (both affiliates of the Hope Dance
Department). Her award-winning works have been produced by the Joffrey Ballet, on television, and throughout the USA, Mexico
Breathing in Hope Through Qi Gong and Tai Chi
Harmoniously designed and masterfully patterned, QiGong and Tai Chi are done with flowing
continuity and breath. It is the feeling of flowing like a river which eliminates the possibility of
becoming rigid or hard. Slowness, evenness, clarity, balance and calmness are the five basic
qualities of the composite technique. The perfect weaving of the dynamics of movement and
form promotes fine circulation, quiets the mind and regulates the emotions.
Stella Shizuka Matsuda is Founding and Artistic Director of Alleluia Dance Theater,
professional dancer, choreographer, teacher. Past President of SDG, Chair of 2003 SDG
Festival, Professor Emeritus, Dance, Moorpark College; she has been teaching TaiChi and
QiGong for 15 years.
Union through Yoga: Creating Hope by Creating Connection
Yoga is about Union - yoking together not only your body/mind/spirit, but yoking
yourself to your God/Source/Universe, and feeling that same connection to other
beings. Pain, depression, and hopelessness come from feeling disconnected from
Source and from others. This class will foster connection to self, others and
Source in an attempt to engender hope and optimism.
Angela Nicolosi holds a BFA Modern Dance Performance and an MA Movement
Arts from The Ohio State University and is a Registered Yoga Teacher. Angela
shifted her focus from performance to developing a program of movement for
chronic pain after her sister was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Over time
Angela decided that yoga better suited her holistic approach to wellness and has
developed specialized yoga programs for people with MS, arthritis, cancer, and
other concerns. After "discovering" the Sacred Dance Guild in 1999, Angela began
to choreograph and perform again, and now blends yoga into her work.