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Yoga Garden Dancers

" When your body, mind and soul are healthy and harmonious, you will bring health and harmony to those around you and health and harmony to the world - not by withdrawing from the world but by being a healthy living organ of the body of humanity." -   B.K.S. Iyengar


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Who we are...

The Yoga Garden Dancers are a group of 10  dancers and 3-5 musicians who practice yoga and dance and create original choreography. We have been performing together since 1993. Our presentation is energetic, humorous and acrobatic while remaining true to the spirit of Yoga. Our dance/theater pieces are based on the ancient art of Hatha yoga and expose audiences to a creative and unique dance form that draws upon varying disciplines such as Tai Chi, and modern dance as well as yoga. The theatrical productions have received critical acclaim both for the focus and strength of the dancers, and the sculptural elegance and lighthearted humor of the choreography.

About our Founder & Artistic Director...

Gay White  has been making dances since 1975 and teaching yoga and an innovative blend of dance and yoga called Yoga Movement since 1989. Gay studied choreography at Naropa Institute in thr late 70's and later with Margaret Jenkins, Brenda Way, Douglas Dunn, and Wendy Rogers. She was a longtime member of the Wendy Rogers Dance Company and in collaboration with Leigh Evans and choreographed The Egg Dance, a 4 year project of 10 dances about the feminine mystique. 

Gay has produced low tech and high tech productions of her original works and the works of other artists in the Bay Area since 1983. She has worked with composers and musicians Miguel Frasconi, Erling Wold, Stephen Kent and Eda Maxym. Gay began practicing Hatha Yoga as a way of healing from a chronic dance injury. This lead to an interest in the Yoga Asanas (postures) and a gradual incorporating of these sacred shapes into the dance artist's vocabulary. The energies involved with this ancient method of internal  awareness can create a powerful theatrical presence and sense of focus for the performer and can  allow a clear expression. 

The Yoga Garden Dance Company was founded in 1992 and continues to explore these ideas in practice as well as conducting classes and workshops and performing to audiences who often don't know how to label what they see but love the playful and lively performances. She recently traveled to India where she studied Yoga with Geeta Iyengar.

Take a Look Around our Website

We invite you to explore our website. Our philosophy and background can be found in Photos & Philosophy or take a look at programs of Past Performances. The Yoga Garden Dancers are a non-profit dance company and depend upon your support to bring our art to the community. For more information, go to Donations & Support. Look for dates of our 2000 performances soon. Thank you for your interest and support.

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