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Sedona World Peace Dance Celebration
21 events and workshops spotlighting peace Feb. 3-7

Excitement continues to grow in the Verde Valley as the first Sedona World Peace Dance Celebration is set to take place the first week of February with 21 events in venues throughout the city, culminating with the Sedona World Peace Dance Performance and Concert on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

The week-long celebration begins Sunday, February 2 with peace activist and author John Dear giving the keynote address and book signing based on his new book, "The Nonviolent Life." This free event will be held at 1 p.m. at the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road.

A major component of the Sedona World Peace Dance Celebration is a week-long series of public gatherings for peace and workshops on a variety of issues involving and manifesting peace. These will be held from Feb. 3-7 at various Sedona locations and address personal, family, community and world peace. See the schedule on Page 11 for more workshop specifics. Most workshops are free with the exception of two where art materials are used. Donations at all workshops will be appreciated. For more information on workshop topics, dates, times, location and facilitators visit www.worldpeacedance.com. Registration can be made for one or more workshops by calling Barbara Litrell at 649-0135 or at blitrell@aol.com .

Public gatherings during the week include "Sounds of Peace" at the St. John Vianney Church Garden Peace Bell on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at noon at 180 St. John Vianney Place. Songs, readings and a Litany of Peacemakers will take place. The public is also invited to participate in a "Community Meditation Walk for Peace" on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Sedona's Amitabha Stupa on Pueblo Road in West Sedona. The Amitabha Stupa and the smaller Tara Stupa are sacred places for prayer, meditation, healing, and the experience of peace. These are free events with donations always appreciated.

Crowning the entire message of the week, the actual World Peace Dance Performance and Concert will take place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. According to Artistic Director and choreographer Elaine Hanson, this presentation will follow the event's theme, "To inspire, teach, and enable people to live in peace on earth by embodying daily expressions of love, forgiveness and compassion."

Friday's Dance Performance and Concert will open with an invocation and performance by drummer musician Three Trees. As the concert weaves its way into successive acts, the World Peace Dance Performance will begin with interpretations of Peace among the world's religions. It will feature a dance each in the Hindu, Judeo-Christian, and Muslim traditions. Conflict between the religious views will be resolved through dance.

Next, a solo by movement artist Sally Gebler will express the story of early oppression of women. She will then be joined by other dance troupe members, addressing the rise of the Divine Feminine and moving the theme on a healing journey from political war into peace.

After a brief intermission, a drum solo by Shibambo will begin Act Two as the World Peace Dance performance moves into exploring the theme of peace on a personal level. New to the Sedona scene, Hannah Farrell will dance a solo to the spiritual poetry of Michele Gabrielle, followed by a dance expressing the Victory of Light over Darkness and Unity over Separation. The Shadow Dance of discovering true identity will lead to the victorious Dance of Compassion, choreographed by Pash Galbavy. Jamie Spears' choreography will next express the spiritual journey through yoga/dance, movement arts and silk aerialists.

The evening will reach its conclusion as the exhilarating Yoga Dance celebrates freedom, peace and the fullness of life. As the performance comes to an end, the audience will be invited to stand and sing with the dancers, concluding the week-long, multi-faceted experience of this inaugural edition of the Sedona World Peace Dance Celebration Week.

For more information on this each aspect of this week-long event -- including workshop details and locations -- visit www.worldpeacedance.com. Admission to the Friday World Peace Dance Performance and Concert is $20 and $25 at the door, with children K-12 free. Tickets are available through the World Peace Dance website, at Crystal Magic in West Sedona, or by calling (928) 274-7919.

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