Pacific School of Religion Names Carla DeSola to the 2010 Distinguished Alumni/ae

DeSola is a Longtime SDG Member and Frequent Presenter
November 24, 2009

SDG Member Carla DeSola was named to the Pacific School of Religion's 2010 list of Distinguished Alumni/ae. The announcement was made November 24 by PSR, which has presented the award annually since 1995.

The Distinguished Alumni/ae Award goes to graduates who have provided outstanding service in their ministry or profession and shown distinguished leadership in faith communities on a local, regional, or national level. Winners for 2010 will be honored on campus January 27.

carla de solaCarla DeSola, MA 1993, a pioneer in liturgical dance in the United States, studied dance at the Juilliard School of Music and founded the Omega Liturgical Dance Company at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City in 1975.

She is the founder and director of Omega West Dance Company in the Bay Area, and since 1989 has taught classes in sacred dance at the GTU, sponsored by PSR and the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education.

As an author, educator, and choreographer, she has inspired countless students, and her work/choreography has been reflected in many worship services, including those at PSR. Among her writings are two books, The Spirit Moves: A Handbook of Dance and Prayer and PeaceRites: Dance and the Art of Making Peace.

DeSola has been a frequent workshop presenter and performer at SDG events and was named one of the Living Legacies, members who have provided invaluable contributions, at the SDG Golden Anniversary Festival held in 2008 at Connecticut College.