Let the Alleluias Ascend
Presenters: Josephine Nicholson and Sharon Werth of the Erika Thimey Dance Company

This workshop is a call for dancers of all levels to soar with the delicate layers of Erika Thimey's choreography to Pachelbel's celebrated Canon in D, in this version, sung in "Alleluia". We are pleased to share this dance to celebrate the centennial of Erika’s birth. As a special tribute to Erika, this dance will be performed during the Festival on a day and time to be announced. (Participation in the performance is not mandatory when taking this workshop.)

Those wishing to perform should bring a blue or green skirt/pants and top. There will be some available to use at the workshop, but bringing your own is suggested. This workshop will be led by Josephine Nicholson and Sharon Werth, co-directors of The Erika Thimey Dance Company.

The Erika Thimey Dance Co. (founded in 1991) presents the works of Erika Thimey and other creative artists. Ms. Thimey (1910-2006) was a pioneer in Sacred Dance in the 30s. She is credited, along with Ruth St. Denis, as a founder of liturgical dance as part of worship services. Ms. Thimey's repertoire has been a part of services in over 90 churches, from Chicago , to Massachusetts , to Florida . We are honored to share her choreography in honor of the cenntenial of her birth.

Josephine M. Nicholson earned her degrees in dance from George Washington University, Washington, DC and Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA. She has taught dance to children at studios in Washington DC since 1988, including the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Children’s Studio School, and Joy of Motion. She also teaches in schools through the Kennedy Center's Artist in Residency Program. Her choreography has been presented at various venues, including Inaugural Capital Fringe Festival, the Jack Guidone Theater, and for Adams Morgan Day. She is currently co-director of the Erika Thimey Dance & Theater Company.

Sharon Werth has been dancing since her youth. She studied dance at California State University at Long Beach and later danced with The Erika Thimey Dance Theater from 1975 until 1978, when Erika retired. Her introduction to sacred dance from Erika (a pioneer in this dance form since the 30s) has continued to influence her career as a teacher and performer. She is now co-director of the revived Erika Thimey Dance & Theater Company. She also directs a dance liturgy group at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church and teaches many forms of dance throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area.



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