Soaring Through Embodiment of the Spirit!
Presenter: Jane Wellford

How do we reflect, reveal and communicate with the Holy through our Body? This daily 2-hour workshop is divided into 4 classes giving tools and practice toward the goal of embodying the Spirit. Topics to be covered include:

  • Brief history and terminology of sacred dance in different faith practices
  • The learning of language and movement vocabulary and basic dance technique for sacred dance, warm-up included
  • Learning dances of prayers, scripture passages/sacred texts, hymns, processionals and parables (beginners will feel comfortable, experienced dancers have opportunity for challenge)
  • Creating meaningful and articulate movement phrases for sacred dance: choreography basics.
  • Planning/rehearsing with musicians and readers
  • Costuming and prop examples

Jane Wellford, Associate Professor of Performing Arts at Elon University, teaches in the areas of Dance History, Dance Improvisation, Sacred Dance, and Dance & Gender. Wellford received her BA in Theatre from St. Andrew's Presbyterian College and her MFA in Dance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jane is founder and director of Moving Liturgy, a professional liturgical dance ensemble, based in Burlington, NC. Moving Liturgy has performed throughout the United States, offering a repertory of 250 works to hundreds of churches, arts and religion festivals, and national conferences for over 22 years.

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