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Evelyn Beck

Evelyn (“Evi”) Torton Beck has been dancing all her life, but when she found Sacred Circle Dance three decades ago, she knew she had come home to her spiritual practice. Evi has studied dance with a wide variety of teachers, including the founders of sacred dance at Findhorn in Scotland. She has wide experience teaching this form of dance across the United States, Europe, and Mexico. For decades she has facilitated dance circles in the tri-state DC/ MD/ VA area and currently holds a weekly circle in Washington, DC. During the worst of the covid years she offered twice weekly zoom dancing to an international community including. To the dance, she brings all of her previous experience and the joy of working in community. Her experience has shown her that the practice of Sacred Circle Dance is not only healing, but transformational. (See Beck, “The Transformational Power of Sacred Circle Dance” in the Handbook of Phenomenology, 2023)

Evi is a university professor who holds two Ph.D.s –one in Comparative Literature, the other in Clinical Psychology, and as a result has had several different careers—including as a founder of interdisciplinary gender and women’s studies; as a psychotherapist; and in the past three decades as a teacher of sacred circle dance. She has published widely on subjects as diverse as: the healing power of art in the work of Franz Kafka and Frida Kahlo, and the healing power of dance using phenomenological and somatic lenses. Her work is multicultural and honors the diversity of our communities.

Events with Evelyn Beck

Sacred Circle Dance: Find Peace, Joy and Healing
June 14 - 16, 2024

Sacred Circle Dances are simple, gentle dances, embodying and integrating mind, body, and spirit. They have ancient roots in music and dance from cultures around the world. This weekend retreat will introduce you to dance as a way of connecting to spirit. The importance of the music cannot be overestimated; its power to move us deeply is central to the effectiveness of our practice. The “sacred” in this form of dance is not associated with any theology or religion, but describes an intention, an inclination of our hearts, a desire to dance mindfully, to create a meditative, liminal space, set…

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