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A fall update from Omega Dance Company!
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Dear friends of Omega,

What if dance was the thing that could warm your body and soul this winter? Omega has two events on December 7th that can do just that! Read on for details.

We also continue celebrating our 40th anniversary season in this newsletter with more Omega History 101, and a new feature called Meet Omega.

As we enter the holiday season, Omega has much to be grateful for, not the least of which is all of you. May you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends, and know that we are thinking of you!

Peace,
Becky, Katie, Martha, and Margaret

Upcoming Events

Performance of All That I Am
Omega co-director Becky Reuter will perform an uplifting solo entitled All That I Am set to David Haas's "Magnificat" during the Sunday morning service at the Church of the Village. Come witness how movement can illuminate Mary's classic, hope-filled prayer of praise. A perfect mediation for the Advent season!
 
Sunday, December 7th, 10:30am
The Church of the Village; 13th St and 7th Ave Map
For more information, visit Facebook.
Movin' With the Spirit workshop: Yoga Dance!
Yoga Dance is a unique movement form that refreshes and invigorates. Join certified instructor Steven Kerner in a yoga-based warm-up, dance activities that progress from calm to energetic, and a cool-down rooted in guided relaxation. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels!
 
Sunday, December 7th, 12:30-2pm
The Church of the Village; 13th St and 7th Ave Map
$10 suggested donation (cash or check) accepted at the door.
 
For more information, visit our website or Facebook. RSVP via Facebook is appreciated.
Omega History 101: A sacred space for sacred dance
In 1976, The Very Reverend James P. Morton invited Omega to make its home at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. A few years later, he granted Omega and several other artists-in-residence their own spaces in the church's crypt.

Together with her husband Arthur Eaton, Carla De Sola lovingly transformed the crypt space into a dance studio. The studio featured exposed brick, wooden flooring, a wall of mirrors, a small office, a changing area, and lofted storage. Two things it didn't have: heating or a bathroom! 
Here, Carla dances "Gloria" from the Missa Criolla in the studio in approximately 1980.

In 2008, the Cathedral made plans to re-purpose the crypt space. Omega said farewell to its 30-year home with a ceremony honoring the many dances and dancers who had grown within its walls, as well as the life of Arthur, who had passed away earlier that year. Pictured below are Carla and some dancers warming up for that event, and an altar in the studio with stonework from the crypt.
While the studio will always remain a special part of Omega's history, as former director Kara Miller wrote in a letter in 2003, "Omega is not great because of the studio; Omega is great because of the passion, wisdom, and belief in the power of transformation that everyone who has walked through these doors brings with them." We will always hold this sacred space dear, and more importantly, all the beautiful souls who graced it with their presence.
Meet Omega: Emily Regas
As part of our anniversary celebration, we'll be introducing you to some of our fabulous dancers throughout the year. First up is Emily Regas! Emily, originally from sunny San Diego, California, works in development at the Center for Reproductive Rights and has been dancing with Omega since 2001. We'll let Emily take it from here...
I first got involved with Omega by dancing in Nightwatch with the lovely Martha Chapman. She knew I was a dancer and that I was fairly new to NYC, so she invited me to perform/facilitate the beautiful labyrinth walk in St. John the Divine's Nightwatch (an overnight retreat program for middle and high school students). That next October, I danced in my first Blessing of the Animals service and I was hooked!
One of my favorite experiences working with Omega was the first time Carla De Sola set work on a few of us and then we performed that rep at a series of churches around the tri-state area. Her spirit and energy was electric and her workshop provided me with a more grounded sense as to the rich history of Omega. It was an honor to move with her and perform her choreography. I hope that her spirit and energy is translated through my body each and every time I perform with Omega.

When I'm not dancing, I enjoy being with my adorable kids and my amazing wife. I also love musical theater and try and see as much as I can. 

Something I'd love to share with friends of Omega is The Treehouse Shakers. I am on the board of this fabulous dance company that produces high quality work for kids of all ages. Come check out one of their performances or support us if you can!
In the Omega dance family
Martha Chapman in Dance Teacher Magazine!

Omega co-director Martha Chapman is featured in the December issue of Dance Teacher magazine! Pick up a copy at newsstands now, or read the article on their website starting December 1!

Congratulations, Martha!
 
The Womb of Advent
Friday, 12/5, 7pm
Trinity Wall Street Map

Trinity Church Wall Street Congregational Arts presents a multimedia evening based on Father Mark Bozzuti-Jones' book of meditations, The Womb of Advent. 

Admission is free. Light refreshments will follow the program. For more information, visit the Trinity website.
9th Annual Christmas Pageant
Sunday, 12/14, 10:30am
The Church of the Village Map

In her role as Dance Ministries Coordinator at the Church of the Village, Omega Co-director Martha Chapman brings dancers and non-dancers, children and adults together to tell the story of the nativity in song, dance, and drama!

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Magnificat photo sourceYoga photo courtesy of Ambro at freedigitalphotos.net. Studio photos courtesy of Carla De Sola and Martha Chapman.

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