“In a society that worships love, freedom and beauty, Dance is sacred.
It is a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past
and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present”
- Atwater Rhodes
Bernard Wosien (1908 - 1986) was a German Ballet Master and choreographer and the father of Sacred Dance. After travelling to Greece and Yugoslavia where he came in contact with the old round dances which were still being kept alive, he understood their importance and healing power and that as such were an ideal medium to integrate spirit and body. In 1976 he was invited to Findhorn where he felt his dances could be used as a tool to enhance community and that they would flourish there. Anna Barton was our first teacher here in Ireland and she thankfully took notes of the steps on Bernard Wosien’s first visit to the Findhorn community. And as they say, the rest is history…the dance community has spread worldwide as has the dance repertoire.
Since my first encounter with Sacred dance, it was as if I had “come home” and my wish was to share that special feeling with others. In Solas Bhríde our dances are used in many celebrations during the year (eg. Earth Day, Celtic Festivals, Solstices, Easter) and are used as a form of spiritual practice. At each dance event, Brigid’s light is brought to our sacred space and acts as a focal point for the celebration. Dances are selected for the event or theme that we are celebrating and Brigid’s story and values are interwoven through dance movement. It is a joy to be part of that creativity, part of the building of relationships and to see people so enjoy the time we spend together.
Sacred dance helps bring about harmony between body, mind and spirit and creates a real sense of belonging and a feeling of togetherness. Dancing in a circle to beautiful music helps to develop a sense of community and offers moments of stillness, peace and healing for ourselves, our families and our planet. It is inclusive, enjoyable and FUN.
“To the universe belongs the dancer who dances not, knows not what is coming to pass” -
Hymn of Christ, Acts of St John
Come dance with us!
Terry & Betty