MSJC's Menifee Theatre Arts and Dance Departments Present: Earth Dance

April 23, 2014
Mt. San Jacinto College’s Menifee Theatre Arts and Dance Departments Present
EARTH DANCE: Family-Friendly Earth Celebration, to celebrate Earth Day and National Dance Week
sponsored in cooperation with Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California and Arts Council Menifee
EarthDance.jpegSaturday, April 26th
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Menifee Valley Campus Soccer Field
28237 La Piedra Rd. Menifee, CA 92584
Earth Dance is a free communal experience, celebrating Earth, community and family through a mandala (circle) of dance. Live Afro-Brazilian drum music will be provided by World to Dance/Tropicaleiza (Riverside, CA). Participants will walk, run, clap, dance and fly to the heartbeat of the Earth. Many cultures have long held the healing benefits of an Earth connection; Earth Dance brings that opportunity to Southern California, providing a unique experience to gather together in an open environment to align and connect. Participants need not have any dance experience, only the willingness to get up and move, in whatever way is comfortable for you! This is a non-competitive, entertaining, and moving experience, appropriate and open to everyone. Children and families are especially encouraged to attend.
A Shaman, Iah Ka Onge-Ja, will begin the Earth Dance event with an energetic cleansing, aligning the intention of the event with the healing of the Earth. According to Iah Ka Onge-Ja, “As we hear and move to the beat of a drum, we become grounded and sense the oneness through the heartbeat of the earth. Brazilian drumming has a strong upbeat rhythm and holds a strong history of honoring the rhythms of nature. Rhythms represent the very fabric of life and gives one another a sense of belonging, a time to connect with each other and to be part of the collective rhythm of life.”
“Earth Dance is an opportunity to dance community together,” according to Earth Dance coordinator Lori Craig Torok, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts & Dance at MSJC and President of Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California. Torok continues, “People who come together for the common intention of joy, connection, and healing can make a difference to the planet. Our actions resonate beyond ourselves, to our community, and the world. Let’s Dance!”
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