In a dark-paneled room illuminated by the dim light of hanging candelabra, a group of women ranging in age from 20-60 years-old gathered to raise awareness and show compassion for the scores of women around the world who are victims of violence.
The event last Saturday night, held in the Music Room at All Saints Parish Episcopal Church, 1773 Beacon Street, was one in a series of Sacred Circle Dances held once a month at the church. The event included women who were new to the circle, having heard about it through the One Billion Rising movement, sponsored by V-Day, an organization founded by playwright Eve Ensler.
V-Day is a global movement and series of consciousness-raising events to end violence against girls and women through public performances, education, networking, and more.
Organizer Karen Mcintosh demonstrated the basic dance steps set to a soundtrack that included the ethereal music of Loreena McKennitt, Rohn Bailey, and Denean. The Circle revolved around a centerpiece of candles arranged on the hardwood floor. In many of the dances the women held hands in the traditional "V-hold," in which you join hands with your neighbor, with hands held down at your side. For some of the participants, the repetition of the steps became a meditation on our shared humanity.
"The dances touch into something very human. We're universally connected to the women who have suffered," said Iris Alpert, one of the Circle's newcomers.
Another newcomer, Pam Toomey, called the dance circle peaceful and said she would come back for future Sacred Circle Dances.
"As you practice the dance, the steps meld into non-thinking until you're just moving," Ms. Toomey said. She had come to the event to "tap into the energy with other people who know things have to change."
A $10 donation was suggested at the event, with all money going to support One Billion Rising and V-Day.
For more information about V-Day, visit http://www.vday.org/home. You can find out more about Sacred Circle Dance at All Saints Parish on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CircleDanceAllSaints/
By Jennifer Campaniolo