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Festivals

The Sacred Dance Guild organizes sacred dance festivals that include master classes, workshops, performances and other experiences of dance as a sacred art. Representing many dance styles as well as different spiritual and cultural backgrounds, festival faculty and workshop leaders are among the finest teachers and performers in sacred dance and mind/body practices.

Festivals are open to dancers of all levels, ages, abilities and backgrounds – all are welcome to experience movement as meditation, worship, healing, prayer, activism and fun.

Past Festivals

Dancing on Waves of Grace
July 24 to 29, 2015
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Faculty included Ronya-Lee Anderson, Deborah Mauldin, Stella Matsuda, Kim Vetter and Barbara Supovitz.
Photo Album | Poster | Program (17 MB) | Concert Poster | Concert Program | Webpage | Synopsis

Stella Matsuda waving a joyous flag at SDG's 50th anniversary festival in 2008.
Stella Matsuda waving a joyous flag at SDG’s 50th anniversary festival in 2008.
Dance a World of Hope
July 24 to 29, 2012
Holland, Michigan, USA
Faculty included Jason Warley, Shahrzad Khorsandi, Denise Damon Wade, Dianne Eno, Kathryn Mihelick and Andrea Shearer.
Photo Album | Poster

Simply Soaring
July 26 to 31, 2010
New London, Connecticut, USA
Faculty included Kathy Harty-Gray, David Taylor, Kathryn Sparks and Jane Wellford.
Video | Photo Album | Poster

Moving Mysteries
Celebrating 50 years of the SDG
July 20 to 25, 2008
New London, Connecticut, USA
Faculty included Wesley Yarber, Judith Rock, Leah Mann, Ruth Douthwright, Carla DeSola, Katharine Harts, Carlynn Reed, Mary Jane Wolbers, Karen Josephson, Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter.
Video | Photo Album | Poster

Many Faiths, Many Forms… Dancing the Sacred Together
July 17 to 22, 2007
Berkeley, California, USA
Faculty included Mahea Uchiyama, Albirda Rose Eberhardt and AXIS Dance Company.

Dancing Our Roots… Stretching New Branches
July 21 to 26, 2005
New London, Connecticut, USA
Faculty included Mary Anthony, Ernestine Stodelle, Maxine Steinman, Judith Rose, Jeanne Bresciani, Alesh DuCarmo, Mary Christine O’Connor and Chen-Yu Exuei.

Paths of Radiance
July 17 to 22, 2003
Claremont, California, USA
Faculty included Carla DeSola, Cynthia Winton-Henry, John Pennington, Prajwal, and John West.

Tell It on the Mountain
July 12 to 17, 2002
Rindge, New Hampshire, USA
Faculty included Kathryn Mihelick and Andrea Shearer, Doug Victor, Daphne Lowell, Dianne Eno, Gloria Castono and Sylvia Bryant.

Dancing Pacific Winds
July 22 to 29, 2001
Kamuela, Hawai’i, USA
Faculty included Katharine Harts, Kara Esposito, Pekelo Day, Cheryl Flaherty and Leila Beh.

Weaving Webs of Light
August 6 to 11, 2000
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Faculty included Margie Gillis, Anjali, Alexandra Caverly-Lowery, Zab Maboungou and Antonio Francesco.

… and many others stretching back to the first festivals, held at Jacob’s Pillow — the world-renowned dance center, school and performance space — from 1958 to 1961, with modern dance pioneers Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, Jess Meeker, Mary Anthony and Margaret Fisk Taylor, among others.