Annalise Hume, Artist-in-Residence

2021-2022 Artist Residency

The Worship & Arts Committee is pleased to welcome back Annalise Hume to Nassau Church, this time as our artist-in-residence in dance.  As part of her residency, you are invited to participate in one of two groups who will explore the interrelationship of movement and faith.

Find out more and sign up online:

Movement & Faith

Dance Bio

As a young child, Annalise was in perpetual motion, practically dancing before she even walked. Thankfully, her parents decided to channel that energy by placing her in dance classes in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. In high school, Annalise juggled her classroom studies while dancing with the professional contemporary ballet company, Idaho Dance Theater.  Annalise went on to earn her BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota. She performed work by Jawole Will Jo Zollar, Makeda Thomas, Colleen Thomas, and more.  The dance program at the U of M focused on dance in a cross-cultural context, so Annalise was mentored by choreographers from Africa, India, and Latin America. This fact, combined with her love of learning and travel, fueled a decision to live in South Africa and work with the performing arts non-profit, 13thFLOOR. Upon moving back to the States, she taught jazz dance performance at Boise State University and performed with Off Center Dance and Project Flux in Boise.

While eventually leaving the stage to pursue full-time ministry, Annalise still sees her role as inviting others to dance with the Divine. She has an M.Div and M.A. in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary. She spends her time teaching, facilitating movement workshops, and offering Spiritual Direction to others with the hope of helping individuals and groups take steps towards wholeness and flourishing. Her passion is to help others embrace their embodied existence and live out their incarnated faith.

Artist Statement

Much of my experience growing up in the American Church, as well as my pursuit of theological education, left me feeling disembodied. The body and flesh were things to be overcome rather than celebrated as integral to our experience of faith. However, as Christians, we confess faith in an Incarnated Christ, the Word made Flesh—as such, our embodied experience must matter!

Weaving together resources from Dance Movement Therapy, neuroscience, theology, and transformative learning theories, I invite people into more holistic and embodied spiritual practices. Come, dance with the Divine.

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