Flying Lessons
Presenter: Kathryn Sparks

Where does the dance begin? This class cultivates the inner landscape of the dancer, bridging the natural impulse of the dance with the interpretive lens. Together we will explore dance as a healing force and a spiritual journey, listening to the rhythms of our being that shape the form our dances take. Familiar concepts like grounding, letting go and surrendering inform prayers, chants and scripture that enliven and deepen our relationship with the Divine. The class is designed like a retreat, drawing upon a number of exercises and tools that integrate body and spirit. Reflection and journaling will be built into our time together.

Kathryn Sparks is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. For the past 15 years she has focused on sacred and liturgical dance, honing a number of tools for using dance creatively in worship. Her interest in body-spirit integration has led her on a path to healing her own “splits” and a deeper trust of body wisdom. Kathryn has danced and taught at the local, regional and national levels of the church and has pioneered the workshop and year round dance offerings for Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She holds degrees in dance and theology and is a longtime member of the Sacred Dance Guild.

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