I just love Betsey’s music and dance. It’s a way of freeing the body with music and movement and getting closer to God. Thank you Betsey and colleagues — the videography was very well done.
Welcome to The Dancing Word
Do you have a sense that body and spirit are connected? Would you like to explore and celebrate this connection? Welcome to The Dancing Word. I offer resources, images, classes, prayer videos, and publications to foster connections between body and spirit, tradition and creativity, scripture, dance and life.
Each of us comes into the world by incarnating, taking on the flesh, blood, and bones of our own bodies. And yet we all know that being in a body can be one of the most challenging aspects of being human! When we embrace the mystery of humanity and Spirit folded together in us… we can open to the possibility of prayer and artistry inviting us to the joy of our embodiment.
Perhaps you’d like to see some videos and consider dancing along with them? Please scroll down to catch a glimpse of some wonderful video offerings where you can begin to tap your toes or lift your arms as you are called into the dance! Also, read more about my work with Abbey of the Arts to learn about our online global community of Dancing Monks.
Perhaps you’d like to see how dance can be part of church? I’ve been dancing in church settings for over 50 years, and so please explore how my own experience of dance ministry has unfolded and how the gift of storydances has come to birth.
Perhaps you’d like to explore some live classes, liturgies or retreats? Check out my calendar to see how we might find our ways to dance together. And click on Store to see what resources might support you in your own journey.
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May the Spirit that led you here continue to guide you on the dancing path!Calendar
Birthing the Holy Prayer Cycle Video Podcasts
I am delighted to announce the release of the Birthing the Holy Prayer Cycle video podcasts at AbbeyoftheArts.com! Each day you are invited to morning and evening prayer with the many names of Mary including: Queen of Angels, Virgin, Untier of Knots, Mustafia, Star of the Sea, Vessel of Grace, Our Lady of Silence, Our Lady of the Underworld, Mother of Sorrows, Greenest Branch, Theotokos, Mystical Rose, Madonna Protectress and Mirror of Justice. These prayers bring together the rich tradition of monastic prayer, the wisdom of ancient mystics, songs from our album compilations, embodied prayers to accompany each song, contemporary versions of the psalms, and poetry and blessings.
My friends, I am so honored to share this creation we completed in the last few weeks of 2022! What a journey of midwifing this piece to birth with my dear friend, Soyinka Rahim, and our new friends in Uganda at the Friends of Hope Cultural Centre — woohoo! The song and video were commissioned by Abbey of the Arts and produced by me as part of our new album and video series – Birthing the Holy: Singing with Mary and the Sacred Feminine. Get ready for some soul-inspiring beauty with the Black Madonna!
Shrines of Spain Pilgrimage
June 12 – 23, 2023
Visits to: Madrid, Avila, Salamanca, Burgos, Loyola, Pamplona, Xavier, Montserrat, Manresa, Barcelona
I am pleased to join Fr. Michael Sparough, Fr. James Strzok, SJ, and Erin Maiorca on a journey to sacred sites in Spain commemorating 500th Anniversary of the Conversion of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Fr. Michael, Fr. Jim and Erin from the Bellarmine staff will lead us in exploring the wisdom of St. Ignatius. I will enhance our prayer through the gifts of dance and storytelling.
The Dancing Word Videos
In collaboration with Abbey of the Arts we’ve created a series of DVDs to inspire your dancing.
“During the workshop, Betsey told the story of the Creation using her whole body. When she got to the part about God blowing the breath of life into humanity, she used her whole body to blow the ‘breath of life’ into us. A radically new awareness broke through for me in that moment: I began …