The Planetary Dance
is an annual all-day ritual of healing and community renewal. It
brings people of all ages and abilities together in a beautiful setting
to dance for a purpose. The Planetary Dance Community invites people
all over the world to join in a dance for peace in their own
communities and peace with the Earth.
In June of 2020, we will hold the Planetary Dance in Cherry Valley, NY. Contact Angelica Dzeli Palmer for more information and to help make it happen.
“It’s going to
take the willing commitment of enough people to say we will heal this
earth. Every step is a prayer, and we must pray together for the
healing of the earth… The circle is an act of unity, and the four
directions give it stability. It’s the squared circle which is the
archetypal mandala of harmony.”
– Anna Halprin, Moving Toward Life: Five Decades of Transformational Dance, p. 200, 1995, Wesleyan University Press
Through creative arts and practical projects, stories and sharing
circles, we teach young women to listen to and trust their intuition as
well as how to strengthen their relationships to nature and each other.
They learn how to take care of their bodies and their hearts during
puberty, menstruation and beyond. Throughout the program, we will
listen to our body’s wisdom, shown through our senses and the range of
We come together as a circle to feel the trust, focus, contentedness
and positive energy that happens when women and girls meet
intentionally. All of this cultivates self-esteem, self-confidence and a
feeling of being rooted in Mother Earth and lovingly held by something
larger than yourself.
This program is inspired by the Journey of Young Women training program, which all the facilitators of WillowGrove have completed.
When: Our meetings will be Saturdays from 9am –
noon on the following dates: October 12th, 19th and 26th, November 9th,
16th, and 23rd. A Mom’s circle will be held on September 28th.
Where: This program will be at the home of Normandy Alden at 15 Hill Street in Cooperstown, NY.
How:We will hold informational meetings on
Thursday, September 12th at 6:30pm and Monday, September 16th at 6pm at
15 Hill St, Cooperstown.
Cost: The cost of this program is $225 per student plus a $50 materials fee. Scholarships may be available.
Normandy Alden, Facilitator, is a mother, potter, and co-owner of Cairncrest Farm in West Winfield. She has an MFA in ceramics and teaches part time at Hartwick College. In 2006, 7, and 9 she worked as a crew leader for The Student Conservation Association and led groups of high school students doing trail work in National Parks in Virginia, Maine and Alaska. Among her many hobbies are gardening, sewing, hiking and playing music on her ukulele.
Angelica Palmer, Facilitator, is an artist, accountant and mother living in Cherry Valley. She has performed, taught, led workshops and hosted events interweaving community, activism and performance for many years. She teaches contact improv dance, leads women’s and girl’s circles and teaches Nourish workshops on consent, communication and touch. Angelica has an MA in Experimental Performance and Social Activism from the New College of California and a BS in Statistics and International Development from Cornell U. Her websites are dzeli.com and greencircleny.com.
Maria Llanos Kaltenbach, Parent Liaison for Autumn 2019, mother of 2, has been a community activist and volunteer for over 18 years. Her adventures include going abroad to El Salvador on a medical and dental mission, helping in Honduras with a water purification system for a village of 42 families, and traveling to Texas to help refugees seeking asylum. In her community of Cooperstown, she volunteers with the League of Women Voters, the Glimmerglass Festival Guild, the SSPCA, and the Cooperstown PTA among others. Her goal in life is to raise strong women.
How do I extract myself from the normal and navigate back to the sensuous? Back to where the wind caressing my back takes my breath away, where the soft earth kisses my feet, gently massaging my soles and drinking my tension, where the soft voluptuous clouds whisper their intent.
First I stop speaking and slowly make my way outside. My shoes come off and I feel the soft cool moistness of the earth. My gaze softens as I take in the sway of the leaves and grass in the wind. A deep sigh of release and contentment. Layers come off and I sink to the ground, letting the breeze kiss my skin. I tickle the tips of the grass and close my eyes.