Dance for a purpose

Apr 16, 2013 No Comments by

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Earth Day 2013 celebrations at Dominican University of California will include a special performance activity featuring internationally renowned  modern dancer and performance artist Anna Halprin.  The event, sponsored by the school of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences will take place Friday April 19 from 3-5 p.m. on the Forest Meadows Field. Halprin will  lead volunteers from the Dominican community and public in a ritual called “The Planetary Dance.”

According to The Planetary Dance’s website, it is an annual ritual of healing and community renewal. This dance invites people from all ages and places to “dance for peace in their own communities and peace with the earth.” This isn’t a theatrical performance but a dance everyone can participate in by running, walking or standing in a series of circles.

“It’s going to take the willing commitment of enough people to say we will heal this earth,” says Halprin in her book “Moving Toward Life: Five Decades of Transformational Dance.” “Every step is a prayer, and we must pray together for the healing of the earth.”

The Dominican Earth Day event also is a tribute to Humanities professor Arthur Scott, who is retiring from full-time teaching. During his time at Dominican, Scott worked to increase and strengthen the study of environmental issues and Native American cultures.

The event is free to the public, all ages are welcome. Before the event, two half-hour workshops for participants will take place at 2 p.m. for drummers and musicians and at 2:30 p.m. for dancers/walkers.

“It’s [The Planetary Dance] a fun way to participate in the work of a legendary artist and to express our love for the earth together as a community,” says Nicola Pitchford, dean of the School of AHSS.

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Amanda Aguilar is a senior communications and media studies major at Dominican University of California. After graduating, she hopes to attend grad school for journalism and then acquire a job as a news anchor. She has been with the print version of The Habit for 2 years, taking the roles of Campus Life Editor and then Managing Editor. Amanda has been apart of the Dominican University Cheer Team and has been captain since 2011. If she isn’t at school or at cheer practice, she’s most likely eating or sleeping.
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