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The use of movement in praise of the divine

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“The Use of Movement in Praise of the Divine,” an interactive and visually rich talk in the Sierra College Insights’ speaker series, will be presented by dance choreographer and instructor Jennie Pitts-Knipe in Truckee, CA from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Friday, April 11. Refreshments, sponsored by Starbucks, are offered at no cost from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

“Jennie’s depth of knowledge, exceptional ability to connect with an audience and passion for her craft promise to offer all attendees on April 11, a fascinating evening that explores the power of dance,” shares Dr. Kim Bateman, Executive Dean of Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee.

“We'll examine the many ways dance is used as a medium for connecting with the divine,” explains Pitts-Knipe. “From the lyrical movements of the hula to ecstatic trance dances, we'll look at samples of movement traditions from around the world to discover why and how people dance for god.” During the presentation, attendees will have a chance to exchange ideas on what they see, hear and experience. Video clips and stories will be both thought provoking and entertaining.

Pitts-Knipe is inspired by how humans relate to one another through movement and is constantly looking to cultivate joy and humor in both her art and in her teaching. She is a yoga and fitness instructor on the Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee campus. Pitts-Knipe is also the founder and artistic director of Four Rooms Dance Collective, a contemporary dance collaborative and is inspired by interconnections through movement. She earned her Masters in Fine Arts in dance from the University of Colorado.

The presentation take place on the Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee campus, a community college that offers general education courses as well as career and technical education and community programs, is located at 11001 College Trail in Truckee. The evening begins with for refreshments generously sponsored by Starbucks from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and the presentation will take place from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Visitors and residents, teens and seniors and all ages in between are encouraged to attend.

Space is limited and available by reservation. RSVP to (530) 550-2290. For the most up to date campus happenings, job opportunities and more, follow Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee on Facebook.