A Gift To Be Simple

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

If one thinks of religious dance in America, the Shakers always come to mind, for they were a religious sect for whom dance was an integral aspect of worship. Founded in England, they came to the East and Midwest in the late eighteenth century and created many songs and dances to express their delight in God.

"A Gift to Be Simple" is one of the best known examples of their dances and songs. This dance was taught to Carla DeSola by a person living in the vicinity of a Shaker village.



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