Saint Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church

The Dancing Saints

The Dancing Saints icon is a monumental, surprising and powerful statement of faith for the ages, created by iconographer Mark Dukes with the people of Saint Gregory’s. Completed in 2009, it is a 3,000 square foot painting wrapping around the entire church rotunda, showing ninety larger-than life saints; four animals; stars, moons, suns and a twelve-foot dancing Christ.

The saints—ranging from traditional figures like King David, Teresa of Avila and Frances of Assisi to unorthodox and non-Christian people like Malcolm X, Anne Frank, and Margaret Mead—represent musicians, artists, mathematicians, martyrs, scholars, mystics, lovers, prophets and sinners from all times, from many faiths and backgrounds. View close up images of the 100 dancing saints, and read about their lives. Download a PDF of the Dancing Saints.

As the congregation dances around the altar, the saints dance above, proclaiming a sweeping, universal vision of God shining through human life. 

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image Icon of Sojourner Truth Copyright 2006 David Sanger

image Icon of Miriam, sister of Moses Copyright 2006 David Sanger