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St. John's Episcopal

Remember, you don't need dance training. Spiritus is open to all interested men, women and teens. Just join us for practice at 12:15 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays in the Main Church.  

Inside Liturgical Dance

The incentive for a dance may come from a request by the Rector or Organist/Choir Master. It may also come from an inspiration of the Director. 

The choreography itself comes from Mary Alice, often with input from the dancers. 

The work of preparing a dance involves the following steps: 

  • Selecting music with help from the Organist/Choir Master (Occasionally spoken scripture is used like music.)
  • Making a tape or CD of the music or spoken words
  • Deciding how many dancers are needed and finding out who is available to dance
  • Rehearsing the dances four or more times
  • Making costumes, often using items gathered over the years
  • Rehearsing the dance with organ, piano, choir (if it is singing the piece)
  • Presenting the dance on Sunday morning!