Iris J. Stewart has taught dance and lectured on women's subjects for over 20 years. She is the founder of WomanDance, a troupe which performs interpretive dances that explore women's spirituality. To research this book, Stewart visited archaeological sites throughout Europe, the Middle East, and South America. She lives in northern California.
There was a time when dance was practiced as communion with the divine. It was most valued in goddess-worshipping cultures where women served as priestesses. This book investigates how dance came to be excluded from worship and how it is once again being integrated into spiritual practice, allowing women to integrate the movements of faith, healing, and power into their daily life.
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