Planetary Dance / Earth Run

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 11:36AM

April 22, 2013 at 4 p.m. on the Kresge Chapel Lawn

4 p.m., April 22, 2013
Kresge Chapel Lawn

The Planetary Dance/ Earth Run has made its way around the world for 33 years now, but this is the first time it will be seeded at Claremont.

AJRCA rabbinic student and expressive arts therapist, Mindie Jo Snyder, and drummer-educator John Lacques, will be facilitating the program.

Mindie Snyder Snyder was part of the first group that creator, Anna Halprin (then age 90), certified to plant her choreography in communities as yet unfamiliar with this powerful intentional dance of peace and healing. At the conclusion of the training, facilitators made a promise to Ms. Halprin that the sacred quality of the dance space be upheld.

Ms. Halprin is a renown grandmother of American Modern Dance and well known for the creation of “Authentic Movement.” She popularized the idea that the human body in motion has unique ways of moving itself and should be allowed to do so.

John Lacques In celebration of Claremont’s participation in the White House Interfaith Service Initiative, its “Get Outa Your Box!” campaign and in preparation for the 2014 Interfaith Conference funded by the Jewish Community Foundation’s Cutting Edge Grant, The Planetary Dance/ Earth Run will unite students, faculty, staff and the community of all Claremont Lincoln affiliates in this historic event.

Following a few brief rehearsals, the community will be officially called into the dance at 5:00 P.M. on Monday, April 22, which is also Earth Day. Each participant will be running/dancing for something or someone other than themselves. Attire will vary because of the cultural diversity of the participants, although traditional dress for this dance is all black and/or all white. All participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and include apparel that is spiritually important for them.

Prior to the dance and following it, there will be musical performances from Claremont talent, exhibit tables from the schools and other community service organizations, as well as refreshments presented by Catherine Dickerson Catering.

Funding for this program comes from the Claremont Office of Community Life and the Academy for Jewish Religion/ CA.

Registration for all participants is strongly encouraged ASAP so that groups for the processional can be formed and adequate refreshments can be made available. If you can sit, stand, walk and/ or run, you can participate!

For more information and to register, please contact: Nancy Sample at or (909) 447-2582.

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