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, healing, prayer, activism and fun.
Online “Mini” Festival – February 19 – 21, 2021
Following the amazing Summer On Line Festival (see below), we will now share the light in the month of February with a global adventure! We’ll travel from Hong Kong to California and explore how we can weave webs of light around the planet!
We’ll kick off the weekend in Hong Kong with David Leung leading us on Friday (6:30 EST – but for David and those on that side of the globe it will already be Saturday morning!) on a deep dive 2.5 hour workshop into his belief that dance is the “mother who births the other arts” that brings us back into connection with our ancestors, before we knew any verbal or literal forms of expressions. For David dance is a powerful tool to connect his practice with participants from all walks of life to move with ease sparking joy and creativity. On Saturday morning (again EST!) we’ll open our screen doors and join a dancing dialogue as a panel of FIVE dancers each puts forward their unique perspectives on “Is this Sacred Dance?” Moving on to California on Saturday afternoon EST, Daria Halprin, daughter of SDG Honorary member Anna Halprin, and co-founder of the Tamalpa Institute, will take us on another moving adventure with her mastery of a life-long study of the body, movement and psychology. Daria – dancer, poet, teacher, and author – is one of the leading pioneers in the field of movement/dance and expressive arts education and therapy. Continuing the journey, on Saturday evening (EST) a live preview performance concert of “The Doors” by the expanded Trinity Movement Choir with dancers from two continents!
The workshops, panel and concert will be recorded and re-offered (with live hosts) to accommodate time zones other than EST!! Details and Registration will be available soon!
In honor of the Sacred Dance Guild’s 63rd “birthday” on February 10th, the registration fee will be $63.00 (with a discount for SDG members to $53.00!).
Online Festival – July 31st – August 3rd, 2020 (The FIRST!)
This was our first ONLINE Festival for the Sacred Dance Guild and we certainly were Dancing the Sacred and Moving the World!! Unlike in person events – this event was OPEN around the globe to all to join in one collective dance!
From the “Opening Celebration” on Friday July 31st to the “Concert and Closing Celebration” on August 2nd and continuing with a “post weekend” FILM FESTIVAL (followed by the SDG Annual General Gathering) happening on Monday, August 3rd, this was a journey of discovery through the world of the many ways we experience dance as an expression of the sacred. With 20+ faculty from seven countries there were Classes, Sharing Dance Time, Social Time, a “Not So Silent” auction, a Concert, Video showings with talkback and a Living Legacy Interview! Registrants were encouraged to come and go as they feel called with no need to register for individual classes or events! We were all surprised and overjoyed at the others we met (old and new!) as we opened the “Screen Door” for each session!
Registration for the full 3 day Festival was $80.00 for members ($120.00 for non-members).
The Sacred Dance Guild is committed to offering programs and opportunities to all. In these unprecedented times we know many are struggling so we were happy to be able to provide five scholarships to those who had to be there to dance with us but are financially challenged.
Past Festivals (Full and Mini)
Dancing on….. The Sacred Dance Guild’s 60th Anniversary Event
June 15-17, 2018
New London, Connecticut, USA
Celebrating 60 Years of Dancing the Sacred
SIXTY people – celebrating the Sacred Dance Guild’s 60 years – came together at a celebration at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut – the home of the 2005, 2008 (50th Anniversary) and 2010 weeklong Festivals as well as a number of “mini” Festivals. It is an historic dance venue and we were thrilled to have this space for our 60th anniversary time together.
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
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
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.