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Ecstatic Dance in its most basic definition is free-form movement /dance inspired by music, allowing our bodies to move freely without judgment or concern for the "grace" or beauty of the dance. This is the dance you dance when nobody is watching! This dance is an inner/outer journey of moving meditation. It develops a direct body-spirit connection, letting your body and inner guide be your teachers. It's about being present with your own energy and discovering your own dance within using this movement and energetic experience to release stuck patterns in your body, emotions, mind and spirit.
No dance experience or partner is necessary. It's a perfect outlet for those who think they "can't dance" and for experienced dancers alike. It is free-form, not a structured dance. It is also not a social dance. It is an environment without observers or conversation, where you can feel safe to try new things and really push your envelope. It is lightly facilitated with invitations to explore movement with specific areas of the body and to explore larger themes as a whole through your movement. Much of the time it is an open dance floor for you to explore different rhythms, patterns of movement and your inner journey.
One of my gifts is an ability to create a musical wave that truly helps facilitate that journey. After developing a theme, I find and choose music that speaks to that theme on a variety of levels: lyrically, rhythmically, and emotionally, and then mix it together to take us more fully into the experience. There is a "Surrender" mix, "Miracle" mix, "Fear into Love" mix, "Return of the Sun", and many many more. I'm always taking inspiration and cues from life for the dances to create new journeys with music to help us move. While I can't sell my mixes, I will offer these play-lists here on my site.
Creating musical waves that truly facilitate your journey
The experiences are an hour and a half, starting with an opening circle where we introduce ourselves to each other and connect the energy of the group. I then briefly discuss the theme and music. Starting with a gentle warm-up, we begin the dance. The music wave lasts about 45 minutes. As the music slows I guide everyone onto their backs to lie still and quiet. After a silent period we come back together for a closing circle. At that point participants are free to share wisdom they may have gained, their experience or just to sit in the beautiful energy of the group. We close giving thanks.