Daughters of Rhea Mission Statement
Melina/Melinda Marsh Heywood.
Melina & Daughters of Rhea Dancers Sara, Panayiota & Troupe
Dance with Wild Abandon at Karoun
I was prompted
to craft a Mission Statement for Daughters of Rhea when I
read Elaine Scarry's treatise "On Beauty and Being Just."
Her elegant discussion of Beauty and her citation of Simone Weil ("The
truly precious things are those forming ladders reaching toward the beauty of
the world, openings onto it") inspired me to think a little more deeply
about what my mother Rhea, my sister Piper and myself want to bring into the
world with our dancing and teaching of dance. We see Oriental Dance as one way to
reach toward and perpetuate the beauty of the world. These are some
of our goals:
...To encourage women’s
unique expression of their wild, most ecstatic selves through the ancient art of
To celebrate life,
creativity & community.
To couple technique and
precision with enthusiasm and passion. To
be industrious in practice so we can be Dionysian in performance.
To be in our bodies with
pride, awareness and open hearts. To
recognize and respect the power of feet, breath, knees, hips, bones, sinews,
right & left brain, yin & yang, sky & earth, flesh & divinity.
To be, in just measure:
relevant and irreverent, playful and profound.
To be thoughtful and wise
in our self-presentation, dance choices & performance contexts.
To celebrate somatic
diversity and salute individual strengths.
To flaunt convention
& fearlessly innovate. To
subvert stereotypes and transcend pre/mis-conceptions.
To be open to
transformation and revelation at every stage of our dance career.
To be spontaneous,
authentic, energetic, encouraging, limber, sexy, smart, precise, serious,
trancelike, sinewy, professional, ecstatic, trembling, fully present,
intelligently daring, proud, creative, brave.
To leave a trace, cause a
ripple… to rip open new spaces to beauty.
Daughters of Rhea: an
international, multi-generational, life of dance experiment.