Choreography to Go: A Dance to Take Back to Your Church or Group
Presenter: Gail Conway

Soaring
Choreography: Gail Conway
Music: On Eagle's Wings by Michael Joncas (1971)*

This dance is based on the Biblical texts: Isaiah 40:31 and Psalm91 which speaks of those "who dwell in the shelter of the Lord" and of God's protection and uplifting.

Soaring is appropriate for baptisms, christenings, confirmations, memorials, and other services in the liturgical year. The music, composed in 4/4 time is performed slowly, with freedom. The dance is lyrical and the movement vocabulary is based on the American modern dance tradition. The dance is moderately difficult, but can be simplified if necessary. It works best with 5 or 7 dancers. There are 3 short solo parts.

It can be accompanied by a full choir with piano or organ, or a soloist with a guitar. Choreography notes and information about the CD used will be available.

Come Soar with the Eagles!

Gail Conway, from Virginia, holds a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and a B.A. in dance from Mary Washington College. Her sacred background is in the Christian tradition as a member of the Episcopal Church. She has performed with Orchesis, the dance company at the College of William and Mary and with Virginia Contemporary Dance Theater of Fredericksburg. Since its beginning 15 years ago, Gail has been a member of Fredericksburg Sacred Dance Ensemble, an interdenominational performing group. She has choreographed and danced in pieces for studio shows, Shrinemont Retreat Center of the Episcopal Church, Orchesis, Virginia Contemporary Dance Theater, Fredericksburg Sacred Dance Ensemble, and University of Mary Washington. Among her works are: Creation, Interweave, From Bondage, The Dawning. Gail has served on the Sacred Dance Guild Executive Board as co-director of Resources for the past three years. She also answers the Q & A feature on the SDG website.



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