Event Details

Sacred Sundays - Celebrating Black History Month - "Dancing the Spirituals.... An Amazing Grace" - with Sylvia Buck Bryantl
Date: February 20, 2022-
Location: On line from Washington, DC - 7:30 pm EST

The Sacred Dance Guild continues to offer our Sacred Sunday program.  Each Sunday we host an on line gathering to be  “Socially Present” while “Physically Distant“!   These live from our living room sessions are free, informal, intimate and interactive sharings and are open to a participants who want to connect in this way.

To register email pres@sacreddanceguild.org with SACRED SUNDAY with Sylvia Bryant in the Subject line  

We are so fortunate this week to have Sylvia Buck Bryant leading a session where we will all participate in one of the amazing pieces – Go Down Moses – from her book “Dancing the Spirituals”   Sylvia will take us on a journey of discovery with music, movement and mystery!  And if that’s not enough – we are very excited to have Marque Smith (from London, Canada) who will join us and gift us with a live rendition of the piece.

Sylvia will provide a brief history of the spirituals and why she created this wonderful resource.  We’ll then warm up our instruments and move on for an interactive session exploration of “Go Down Moses”.  Marque will provide some historical context, we’ll learn  Sylvia’s choreograph  to  the  chorus and 1st verse,  we’ll  explore  through  improvisation  and our  own  creative  expression  and  will have  time  in  small  breakout  groups  to  exchange  and  move  together! about-sylvia-Vert-opt3

Sylvia Buck Bryant is an accomplished dancer, teacher, and choreographer specializing in Sacred and Contemporary dance.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University and a master of science degree from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.  Bryant attended the American Dance Festival at the Connecticut College of Dance in New London, Connecticut where she was introduced to and studied with Martha Graham, Rod Rogers, Jose Limon, and Charles Weidman, all pioneers of contemporary dance. She also attended the American Dance Festival which is now located at Duke University in Durham, NC. Bryant also studied with the Alvin Ailey American Theater, George Faison and Margaret Fisk Taylor-Doane, who put sacred dance on the map. In addition to choreographing, teaching and performing liturgical dance in churches ministered by her husband, the late Reverend Fletcher Juan Bryant, for over 30 years, Mrs. Bryant directed the dance programs at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.  She has performed in numerous professional venues in New York, Baltimore, and London.  One of the highlights of her dance career was being invited to dance at Wesley Chapel in London, England.   Her first published book of sacred dance, Dancing Through The Christian Calendar (Cokesbury, 1996) established her position as a pre-eminent liturgical choreographer.  In 2013 she was invited to participate in a community piece choreographed by Ronald K. Brown, of EVIDENCE, A Dance Company, at BRIC House in Brooklyn.  That same year, she traveled to Nairobi, Kenya where she was a guest artist in a tribute performance for Dr. Maya Angelou at the Paa Ya Paa Arts Center, founded by Phillida and Elimo Njau. Another Highlight Dance Experience: In March 2017 Bryant was invited by the Sacred Dance Guild,  Dancing on Waves of Grace with other dancers from the USA.  We were honored to have been invited to England to share our love of dance in teaching a masterclass and participating in a concert of Sacred Dance…..what a wonderful sharing of experiences through dance.


For more information and to find out about Sylvia’s latest book “Dancing the Spirituals…  An Amazing Grace” visit her website at Sylvia B. Bryant – Dancing the Spirituals… An Amazing Grace


The Sacred Dance Guild is blessed to have Sylvia gifting her presence with us leading this Sacred Sunday session.  During this time when our lives have changed in ways we couldn’t have imagined, continuing our personal, collective and global mind/body/spirit connection is so important.  We are grateful for those who lead us on these journeys of discovery as we dance on waves of grace together.  We will be using ZOOM for Sunday’s sessions.  It is a simple and accessible program with no cost to participants. It can be used on a desktop, laptop, tablet or even cell phone. If you have not used ZOOM before join in a few minutes before 7:30 pm for a quick download prior to accessing the session. Using ZOOM you can hear/see the facilitators and choose whether others can SEE and HEAR you by turning OFF and ON your audio and video.