In January, members of Empire Temple were invited to perform at the NY/NJ Heroes and Villains Fan Fest. Due to Hoth-like conditions, which swept the tri-state area and caused states of emergency, the organizers of HVFF announced a 2.0 re-do of Heroes and Villains in July for fans unable to make the original event.

As a non-profit group, Empire Temple usually raises money for local charity St.Mary’s Children’s Healthcare System for Children – but when Stephen Amell and the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest team announced that they would be donating all proceeds from Fan Fest Orlando to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s One Orlando Fund, Empire Temple decided to pitch in and raise money for the victims’ families and survivors of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy as well.

During the Heroes and Villains weekend, our members trooped, took pictures with fans, but more importantly raised money through a tricky-tray like raffle which included:


  • A Combat-Ready Lightsaber similar to the ones we use in our shows
  • Replica wands from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Orlando), donated from a friend of Saber Guild in honor of HVFF2 Raffle PrizesPulse Victim Luis Velma
  • Various Lightside and Darkside Star Wars collectibles from our friends at Hasbro, Inc.
  • An autographed show still from the CW’s The Flash, donated by our friend Carlos Valdes

Over #HVFF weekend we proudly raised $2,000 for the One Orlando fund. We’d like to once again thank our sponsors for their donations, the generous Heroes & Villains Fan Fest attendees and our members for their big-hearted spirits and diligence. We couldn’t have done it without you.

HVFF2 Winners

Upcoming Events

Westchester - Lightsaber Class

Westchester - Lightsaber Class

Dec 22, 7:45pm - Dec 22, 9:00pm

Breaking Ground Dance Center
101 Castleton St
Pleasantville, NY  10570 Map

Join us at Saber Guild: Empire Temple's Naboo Outpost located in Westchester County, NY for our FINAL CLASS OF 2017!

Each class will begin with some simple warm-ups, followed by technique refinement and then open choreography with time to share your fights with the rest of the group.

While attendance is free, we ask that all participants make a donation of $5 to help pay for the rehearsal space.

More Questions? Contact US:
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How old do I have to be to attend class?
Becasue this is a combat based class attendees must be 18 years or older to attend on their own. Anyone between the ages of 13-17 may participate in class but MUST have a parent or guardian present throughout the time of rehearsal. Children under he age of 13 may attend as spectators but must remain outside of the practice space with their parent or guardian at all times.

I Have Never Done This Before–Is That OK?
It does not matter if you are new to lightsabers or have been rehearsing for years. Come to a class, have a great time and work up a sweat.

What Do I Need to Bring?
You need to bring the most important thing–YOU! It’s also a good idea to bring workout clothes (sweatpants and a T-shirt are just perfect) and comfortable shoes. You don’t need a lightsaber to start off–there are always extra to go around. However, if you plan on coming frequently we can help you find one that is just right for you. IMPORTANT: No toy lightsabers - combat sabers only. These things are cool and look great but they will break once you get going.


Saber Guild: Empire Temple is the New York City temple of Saber Guild: a Lucasfilm Ltd. recognized international Star Wars lightsaber performance and costuming organization. We are a not-for-profit fan group who performs at fan conventions, charity events, sporting events and official Star Wars events focusing specifically in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx, Yonkers, and Westchester - and larger events around the world such as Star Wars Celebration.

We are choreographers, dancers, actors, artists, costumers, filmmakers and photographers who volunteer our time to share our love of Star Wars with the community. Our focus is on lightsaber performance for stage and film.

We always welcome new members to train in the ways of the Force. We hold weekly rehearsals and master sessions with guest instructors in stage combat, performance, martial arts and acting.
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Posted by Saber Guild: Empire Temple on Monday, August 10, 2015

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