SDG Traveling Workshop Roster

Ruth Douthwright: Independent Dance Artist
Ruth is a certified teacher of the Axis Syllabus and '97 graduate of Les Ateliers de Danse Moderne de Montreal. As a contemporary dancer, Ruth has studied and performed in many different countries, which has given her an understanding and appreciation for dance culture from around the world. Her keen interest in world dance and music led her to further her studies in traditional dance, specifically West & South African, Afro Latin, Japanese and Eastern European Folk Dance. She spent two years in Japan studying Noh at the Kyoto Arts Center, Taiko drumming with Takatora Daiko and Butoh at The Body Weather Farm. Ruth studied in the UK at The Laban Center and co-founded the ALL DANCE PROJECT performing and teaching dance in diverse venues in the UK, France, Belgium and Canada. From 2003, Ruth focused her study on the Axis Syllabus, under Frey Faust and became a member of the contemporary dance company, Ardent Body Communications Dance Collective, led by Frey Faust. Performances included: Living River, Home in the Sky & Blind Faith: Tanzhaus (Dusseldorf), Moissac, 418 (Santa Cruz CA), Los Talleres (Mexico City), Tipping Point (Marseille), Since 2005 Ruth joined L'Inattendue Compagnie (Bruxelles) dance and voice company, performing in Belgium and France. Ruth's own choreographic projects have been presented in various venues. Credits include: Aichi Bunka Kaikan & Kyoto Arts Center (Japan), The Canada House (London UK), Meeting Point (Bruxelles), Aeolin Hall (London, ON)
Workshop Possibilities: I am interested in facilitating workshops for any age and level of participants. I offer a wide range of themes and topics and enjoy specifically designing workshops geared to the interest of individuals and groups. Pulse - Rhythms and dance from around the world, Axis Syllabus, Dance and Voice


Grete Gryzwana
Grete Gryzwana (MA, Worship, Theology and the Arts. Fuller Seminary) is an accomplished dance performer, teacher and choreographer. She explores concepts and ideals from art, literature, beauty and theology and applies them to her teaching and choreography. Grete began her dance training in Los Angeles and subsequently studied, performed and taught in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Nashville. In 1996 Grete established the renowned Epiphany Dance Company in Nashville, Tennessee, where she served as its artistic director until 2003. As principal choreographer for Epiphany, Grete developed a number of innovative, new works for the company. These works were conceived as body-in-motion “discoveries” that astound and inspire audiences. During Epiphany's development, she also served as faculty member and program director at the School of Nashville Ballet and taught dance at Vanderbilt University. Grete has also choreographed for the California Contemporary Ballet Company, Brehm Center Production's "Man of La Mancha", Innovo Physical Theater, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, Nashville Symphony, Mockingbird Public Theater and other professional and civic arts organizations. In spring 2011 Grete taught master classes at Belmont University, where she presented "Worshipping God With Our Bodies" as part of the Spiritual Direction Series. For this series Epiphany Dance Company performed "Dancing Visions and Dreams" Grete's new dance work commissioned by Christ Church Cathedral. While completing her Masters Degree in Theology and Art at Fuller Seminary, Grete traveled to Orvieto, Italy to study medieval theology, art, literature and theater. In 2006 and 2008 Grete served as teaching assistant and program director for Fuller Seminary's summer programs in Orvieto. Grete lives in Los Angeles, teaching dance and Pilates and working as a freelance choreographer. Additionally, Grete is the Research Director for a Luce Foundation funded study on Sacred Imagery and Faith. This study examines ways that visual imagery influences the faith of Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Muslims.
Workshop Possibilities: Intertwining Dance with Visio Divina, partnering dance, reflection and beauty, Nurturing the Creative Choreographic Process - Sharpen your tools and unleash creativity to turn your ideas and inspiration into inspirational dances, Ballet, Modern and Pilates - discover and build a movement language, improve your skills as a dancer, teacher and dance leader


Cherie Hill: Cherie Hill is a creative artist, dancer, performer, teacher, and scholar, whose art explores human expression and how it is conveyed through the body in collaboration with nature, music and visual imagery. Ms. Hill’s somatic technique, Movement, Meditation, Mindpower (MMM) blends studies of Hatha yoga, Alexander Technique, Movement Ritual, and Dance is Life Process developed by Anna Halprin. A certified Planetary Dance facilitator, Cherie’s research on dance and somatic practices have been presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2010), and the International Association of Black Dance Conference (2009). An active scholar, Ms. Hill has published in the Sacred Dance Journal and Ujamaa. Cherie’s choreography, which includes fusing Western contemporary and African Diaspora dance forms with black feminist standpoint theory and somatic principles, has been shown at the Black Choreographer’s Festival and African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco, CA as well as the Anschultz Theater and Bao Bao Festival in Denver, CO. Ms. Hill holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in Dance and Performance Studies/African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Cherie has recently had the pleasure to perform in the works of Adjei Abankwah, David Dorfman, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Onye Ozuzu, and Helander Dance Theater.

Workshop Possibilities: Modern dance, African dance, movement, meditation, mindpower, dance in nature, yoga


Sandra Kammann: Sandra Kammann is an educator, choreographer, theatre director, and anthropologist interested in the powers of human expression and visionary performance. Creating multi-art performance projects since 1978, she is founding director of we the temple, a non-profit organization dedicated to offering transformative events and high caliber education for adults, youth, and children. Sandra holds an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology: Performance & Transformational Theatre from The George Washington University, graduating with honors. She danced professionally in NYC, and trained at Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, completing the three year Professional Training Program under renowned Founding Artistic Director Joy Zinoman. Sandra is Sacred Dance Program Director for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (VA), where she has been awarded three grants through the Pamela Endacott Fund, and an Outreach Grant from the National UU. For more information, click here to download her full biography.
Workshop Possibilities: we the temple: Dancing From the Sacred Center.


Mary Kamp: A dedicated dance educator known for spotting talent, motivating students and helping them unlock their emotions through dance. While attending the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music, she studied under Oleg Sabline, and James Truitte. Always seeking to learn more about dance, Mary has taught and performed across the USA and abroad, currently she is a Lead Teacher at de la Arts Place, a non-profit performing arts center. Ms. Kamp leads Liturgical Dance workshops, directs the Liturgical Dance Ministry at Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church is a member of the Worship Ministry and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. She also serves as Co-Director of Programs on the Executive Board of Sacred Dance Guild and in the summer of 2012 was Co-Director of the Sacred Dance Festival, Dance A World of Hope, held at Hope College in Holland, MI. An advocate for the all performing arts, Ms. Kamp is an adjudicator for the Overture Awards, has served on the Arts Allocation and Public Art Commissions for the City of Cincinnati and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center Artist-in-Residence selection committee.
Workshop Possibilities: Establishing a Dance Ministry at Your Church, the how to's. Beginning Choreography in a Worship Setting. Intermediate/Advanced Choreography. Costuming for a Worship Setting. Email Mary at


JoyBeth Lufty: Rev. Dr. JoyBeth Lufty is an author, dancer, teacher, and interfaith minister. She has four published books and has taught internationally "Holistic Spirituality". She has served on SDG's Board of Director's for many years.
Workshop Possibilities: JoyBeth specializes in teaching Body Prayers from many traditions, including how to create your own. She also teaches "Dancing From Your Soul or Soul Dancing" as a spiritual practice. For more offerings check out her website at


Lisa Michaels: Natural Rhythms President, SDG VP
Workshop Possibilities: Dance The Body Divine, Power of Sacred Dance Facilitator trainings and plenty of others.


Melissa Michaels, Ed.D.,founder and director of Surfing the Creative(R) International Rites of Passage Programs, Golden Bride and Wild Life Productions is a social artist, dancing and dedicated to our collective renewal through the liberation of the creative spirit. She creates dance-based educational opportunities, inviting consciousness and embodiment for people in all of life’s cycles. Mapping the journey from trauma to dynamic well being, her work utilizes the expressive arts to establish body and heart as resources for living. Her movement-based programs serve individuals and communities around the world navigating their way through major life
Workshop Possibilities:
Embodying Life's Rhythms, The Dance of Birth, Surfing The Creative(R), Dancing on Sacred Soils of Body and Heart


Kathryn Mihelick: Founder/Director of Leaven Dance Company, was Assistant Professor and Director of the Dance Division at Kent State University, where she received her M.A. in Theatre and Dance. She was an adjunct faculty member at John Carroll University and served as a curriculum writing panelist for the Ohio Deartment of Education. She performed professionally with Orchesis Ensemble, the Heidt Touring Company, as solo dancer with Indianapoilis Starlight Musicals, and was resident choreographer for Porthouse Theatre at the Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Music Center. Among her choreograqphy credits are the dance sections presented with comoser Alexander Peloquin's performace of his "Lyric Liturgy" with the Canton Civic Opera for the anniversary celebration of Walsh University; John Rutter's "Requiem/Pie Jesu" for the Presbyterian Church in New York; and "Touch of the Spirit," commissioned by the Akron Area Association of Churches for the Northern Ohio Ecumenical Pentecost Celebration. A scholar of sacred and liturgical dance, she has lectured, performed and presented sacred dance workshops and retreats throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, and Hong Kong, where she was one of five dancers chosen to introduce sacred dance at the 1991 International Dance Research Conference. She developed a video series on "Sacred and Ritual Dance History" for the Seminary of the Air telecasts sponsored by the Akron Area Association of Churches. Most recently Kathryn has spearheaded an advocacy effort to get the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to officially affirm dance as a valid form for worship. The bishops have placed her research documents on their agenda. In 2003 the OhioDance organization named her the recipient of their Award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of the Dance Art Form: and in 2005 she received the Akron Area Arts Alliance's "Outstanding Artist in Dance" award. She has served on the Executive Boards of OhioDance, the Sacred Dance Guild, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the KSU School of Theater and Dance. In 2008 she was awarded the Guild's "Living Legacy" citation. Leaven Dance comopany's work has been recognized and supported by grants from the Ohio Arts Council, Asian Arts Council, as well as several regional Foundations.

Workshop Possibilities: Workshops are designed to use movement and the dance art form to address and explore spirituality, body/mind/spirit connection, self-discovery, health and healing, relationship, and issues of peace and understanding. Movement improvisation, principles of choreography, and dance for liturgy are also incorporated into all sessions, and may be adapted to all age groups, elementary school children through adults. You may select from more than 20 different workshop themes. Some sample titles are: Gift of the Body; Soul to Sole; Exploring God's Creation; Making Dance Divine; Movement As a Language of Prayer; Moving the Scriptures; Building Community; Pathways to Peace; Movement Meditation; Movement to Recovery (Who am I? What am I? Where am I? How am I?)


Laura Padgett
I received an MA from Regis University, in Denver in 2009. The MA is in storytelling through creative movement with an emphasis in sacred dance. I have led workshops on dance as healing, prayer, praise and inclusion of community at retreats and in various congregations and church camps. I teach preschools creative movement at South Table Mountain Preschool in Golden, CO. My dance background is in competitive and preforming Irish Dance, African Healing Dance and Messianic Dance. I minister at various churches through storytelling and dance in the Denver/Golden area. My MA work led me to create a book called, "Moving into the Holy," - an academic project with the objective of teaching dance as a form of prayer and spiritual exploration in conjunction with lectio divina style meditation.
Workshop Possibilities: Dance as Healing - Forgiveness and letting go of old hurts. Dancing Scripture as our stories. Messianic Dance as praise and community involvement. Small group collaborative projects around such prayers as the Lord's Prayer and the 23rd Psalm. Dance as acceptance of our bodies as the temples created by the Holy.


Ann Pomeroy: Leadership and choreographer for the Agape Dancers since 1967. President of NY/SW Connecticut SDG for 12 years. Currently studying ballet at Nevada Ballet Theater and continuing leadership in the Agape Dancers.

Workshop Possibilities: Starting a new group; Attire; Piece choices; Basioc dances and choreographing brainstorming; Neede technique.


David Taylor
David Taylor has been professionally involved in the Colorado dance community for the past forty- one years. He began choreographing in 1976 during the course of a twelve-year dance career, and since then has created over one hundred original works. In 1979, he founded the David Taylor Dance Theatre, one of the Rocky Mountain Region's most acclaimed, well known and respected dance organizations, and Denver’s original contemporary ballet company which developed a reputation of presenting outstanding innovative works. As the principal choreographer for 27 years, Mr. Taylor's unique creative focal point became a fascination with the ritual of ancient cultures, metaphysical concepts, and multi-media collaborations which served to provide DTDT with a stunning and thought-provoking identity within the world of professional dance. He received the City and County of Denver's first Individual Artist Fellowship Award for Dance for his critically acclaimed collaborative work, "Anasazi Dream" in 1987, the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1997, and The Carson-Brierly Dance Library's "Living Legends of Dance" Award in 2006. A recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants, his critically acclaimed productions of "The Nutcracker" and "Rainforest" have been presented throughout the United States and he has also been commissioned to stage ballets for the Dayton Ballet in Ohio, the Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo, Texas, the Canyon Concert Ballet in Fort Collins, Colorado and for the Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet.

Mr. Taylor currently serves as a faculty member at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, teaching dance history, and as a guest faculty member teaching intermediate and advanced ballet technique, pointe, pas de deux, men's class and variations for numerous ballet schools and companies along the Front Range and continues to be in demand as a Summer Intensive guest teacher for ballet programs throughout Colorado. He also conducts workshops on sacred dance for various statewide organizations, and has appeared twice as a major presenter at the Sacred Dance Guild’s national Festival. Besides still serving as the Artistic Director Emeritus for the David Taylor Dance Theatre, Mr. Taylor recently founded a new company, the Zikr Dance Ensemble, in the summer of 2009. The Zikr Dance Ensemble offers a spectrum of works that are based on transcendent dance rituals from many different ancient world cultures throughout history along with original and contemporary dance/theatre realizations. The company’s roster includes some of the finest ballet-trained dancers from various companies along the Front Range and Zikr has already presented successful performances in Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder, Aspen, Carbondale, Grand Junction, St. Paul, Minnesota and Long Beach, California to critical acclaim.
Workshop Possibilities: Possibilities include lecture/power point presentations on transcendent dance rituals from around the world with video/dvd components along with movement workshops on Gurdjieff sacred movements and the Sufi Whirling Dervishes.


Cynthia Thomas-Rustin: Certified Fitness/Nutrition and Dance Instructor
Cynthia Thomas-Rustin is a certified fitness/nutrition and dance instructor with over 20 years of experience in modern jazz, cultural, and spiritual dance. Cynthia is the owner and founder of International Fit Dance Inc., Spiritual Movement Dance Ministry and she is the television host of Gospel Dance at it’s Best. She currently teaches and personal train dancers from local and abroad. She serves as a global missionary, ministering and conducting workshops and seminars. Quote:Dancing is calling and a gift.
Workshop Possibilities: Fit Dance and conditioning classes for dancers that want to re-kindle the passion of dance inside use Pilates and Martha Graham technique. Train novice dancers and experienced dancers how to be creative and taking a choregraphed dance to the next level. Power movement session designed for trained and untrained dancers of all ages. It will prepare your temple for action by using dynamic stretches, dance combinations and floor drills and patterns. Impartation Dance Class-Learning the richness of being free in choreography for enjoyment and healing.


Carla Walter
Award winning author and scholar, Carla Walter, PhD exposes pathways to healing and wholeness for people who believe they are trapped in dysfunction. Her dance meditations are "life changing" and provide inspiration to those seeking spiritual support for the most difficult circumstances. With three decades of experience behind her, she helps millions of people incorporate cultural dance forms into their daily meditation practice.
Workshop Possibilities: Dance in the Spirit of Recovery



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Ruth Douthwright:

Grete Gryzwana:

Cherie Hill:

Sandra Kammann:

Mary Kamp:

JoyBeth Lufty:

Lisa Michaels:

Melissa Michaels:

Kathryn Mihelick:

Laura Padgett:

Ann Pomeroy:


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