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The spirit moves them ; Sacred dance troupes transcend the traditional boundaries of worship
[Chicagoland Final Edition]
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
Subjects: Religion; Dance
Author: Sid Smith, Tribune arts critic
Date: Jan 6, 2002
Start Page: 1
Section: Arts & Entertainment
Abstract (Document Summary)

The phrase "sacred dance" includes a broad sweep of styles and purposes, ranging from highly ritualistic dance specifically associated with religious services to secular works that focus on faith as a theme: Alvin Ailey's "Revelations" and Gerald Arpino's "Touch Me" come to mind. The movement itself dates back for centuries, originating in tribal cultures. In modern America, a revival began in the period of ecumenical experimentation in U.S. churches during the late 1960s and dance boom years of the 1970s, fading for a while but clearly now enjoying a kind of comeback. Most of the proponents interviewed here are involved in what is called liturgical dance, which is sacred dance expressly associated with religious services in a church or other kind of house of worship.

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