Mary of Nazareth and the Song of the Rebellion

It's been customary for me to write something for International Women's Day for the past few years, so much so that I even decided to make an appropriate "International Women's Day" category so you can easily search for them. I thought this year would be different as I had no thoughts cross my mind, that … Continue reading Mary of Nazareth and the Song of the Rebellion

Revealing the Hidden Herstory of Dancing Women

Today we are celebrating International Women's Day, and I can't help but think about this passage I recently read in a book that I am currently reading, Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance: Awakening Spirituality Through Movement and Ritual by Iris J. Stewart. In it, the passage asked, "Was Mary a Dancing Priestess?". Can you say MIND-BLOWING?! … Continue reading Revealing the Hidden Herstory of Dancing Women

WYD Kraków 2016 | Day 9: Sacred Spaces

Our very last day included side trips to two sacred yet very different spaces. The first was Wadowice, birthplace of St. John Paul II. We visited his home right off the town square. It was magnificently transformed into a museum that highlighted his entire life. From entering the room where he was born to recreating … Continue reading WYD Kraków 2016 | Day 9: Sacred Spaces

WYD Kraków 2016 | Day 5: Why I Love to Dance/Back to Basics

The days seemed to blur one into the other. The next day was another day where I packed and prepared for another performance, this time a dance I have been dancing for years. Despite the longevity and familiarity with the piece, I was nervous. There was something missing, and I knew that whatever was missing … Continue reading WYD Kraków 2016 | Day 5: Why I Love to Dance/Back to Basics

WYD Kraków 2016 | Day 2: What Would You Pray For

Our second (technically our first full day in Poland) brought us to Częstochowa. After a 7 hour flight and about 2.5 hours on line for customs, add another few hours of bus travel and waiting a few minutes on line at McDonald's, we made our first stop of our pilgrimage- gazing at the beautiful Our … Continue reading WYD Kraków 2016 | Day 2: What Would You Pray For

A Match Made in Heaven: What It’s Really Like to Be Paired with a Sacred Dance Pioneer as Your Mentor

If you have ever taken a workshop with me (if you haven't yet, check-out UPCOMING WORKSHOPS) then you may have heard me say this: All dance is sacred as long as the intent is sacred. This phrase was taken from a workshop that I took nearly three years ago with sacred dance pioneer Carla De … Continue reading A Match Made in Heaven: What It’s Really Like to Be Paired with a Sacred Dance Pioneer as Your Mentor

Failure/Success through the Eyes of a Dancer Who Gave Up

This post was originally featured in the Dance/NYC Junior Committee blog. For the past nine months, the Junior Committee has organized several events from The Bessies After Party, our professional development series, and most recently, the Dance/NYC Symposium After Party. Even after a string of success, it is interesting that our next major topic of … Continue reading Failure/Success through the Eyes of a Dancer Who Gave Up

“When You Call My Dancing ‘Beautiful'” from a Dancing Woman in Worship

As a woman who dances sacred and liturgical dance, I often hear my dancing called "beautiful." I have no problems with my dancing being called "beautiful," except for this one time. I was speaking with a man who taught Theology of the Body about the work I do, when I was interrupted with "That's such … Continue reading “When You Call My Dancing ‘Beautiful'” from a Dancing Woman in Worship

2016 Resolutions – Ponder Less, Do More

I saved an extra month for resolutions. Call it procrastination or call it "heavy contemplation." The truth is I was overthinking this. I have lots of ideas and dreams for The Moving Prayer in the new year that I simply could not choose one. Instead, I'm choosing a simple mantra- ponder less, do more. All … Continue reading 2016 Resolutions – Ponder Less, Do More