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Ms. Carla DeSola

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  • MA , Theology and the Arts
    Pacific School of Religion
  • MA , Theology and the Arts
    Juilliard School of Music ( Dance )
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Liturgical dances will be led by ..., 20 April 2011 [cached]
Liturgical dances will be led by Carola DeSola, a dance choreographer and teacher at Pacific School of Religion and the Center for the Arts, Religion & Education.
Carla ..., 2 July 2008 [cached]
Carla DeSola
DeSola is the Director of the Omega West Dance Company, currently in residence at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.Additionally, she teaches dance at the Pacific School of Religion.She is the author of Learning Through Dance, and The Spirit Moves: A Handbook of Dance and Prayer.She is considered one of the pioneers of liturgical dance in America.
Archived Press Clippings - Pacific School of Religion, 1 Jan 2001 [cached]
Dance Magazine's December issue shines a spotlight on those who move where dance and spirituality meet, including PSR adjunct faculty member Carla DeSola, whose photo also appears on the cover. (This article is no longer available online.)
Mythology's MYTHING LINKS / COMMON THEMES: Sacred Theatre & Dance, 1 Nov 1998 [cached]
Liturgical Dancer, Carla De Sola (From The Spirit Moves, published by The Liturgical Conference, 1977) November 1998, Author's Note, continuing....... I was fortunate enough to have Carla among my friends on the Lower East Side of New York City during the 1960's and 1970's. The first time I saw her, she was dancing the "Magnificat" during a crowded Mass at St. Brigit's Church. Tears ran down my face as I watched -- and I never again saw dance in the same way. Carla, simply, opened the gates. As a recent Catholic convert, she knew that reincarnation was considered heresy, yet she told me once that when she was dancing at a Eucharistic Conference in Philadelphia one year in the 1970's, she was swept into ecstasy and knew in every fiber of her being that she had been dancing like that for thousands of years. If you've ever seen her dance, you'll know what she meant. She totally manifested the joy of dance. [July 2001 addendum: in 1974 Carla founded the Omega Liturgical Dance Company , which was given a home at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine {click on "Arts"} in New York City. She currently teaches dance and Omega Peace Arts at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, where she founded another dance company, Omega West .]
The opening quote from Carla De Sola is striking, as is a rich, lengthy, well researched 1997 paper by Merlla McLaughlin, "Sensing the Sacred by Dancing the Divine," that you can click on -- if you have the time, I highly recommend reading this one.
The Sacred Dance Guild Festival 2008, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Carla DeSola
Carla DeSola - San Francisco, CA
Carla will be teaching the dance, and also offering a taste of material garnered from years of dance classes and liturgies. She will include warm-up, dance meditation to Taize chant, some peace material and improvisation to sacred texts as well as liturgical dance forms, as time permits.
Carla DeSola, graduate of the Julliard School in New York City, and the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, is known internationally as a liturgical dancer pioneer. She founded Omega Liturgical Dance Company at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, and now directs the Omega West Dance Company located in Berkeley. She and the company conduct workshops and master classes, perform concerts, and choreograph for and perform in liturgies and religious services for churches, synagogues, schools, and retreat centers, with emphasis on the history of liturgical dance and the theology of dance, and how dance may be incorporated into today's church or synagogue worship service. Omega West has been described as "a voice in the sacred dance movement, invoking and serving a vision of peace, community, spirituality, healing and enjoyment through the medium of dance. Now on the faculty of PSR, Carla is the author of "The Spirit Moves," among other books, and has made a number of videotapes on liturgical dance, including "Dance Prayer" and "Movement Meditations from Taize. As a beloved major presenter for the Sacred Dance Guild, Carla has influenced and inspired legions of dancers.
This workshop is rooted in the teachings of Sacred Dance Guild legends Doug Adams, Carla DeSola, and the InterPlay founders, Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter.
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