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Drumming with "Ecstatic Dance Silicon Valley"

This meetup event will be something completely different! If successful, it will repeat monthly on the third Wednesday of each month. There will be two parts to the event.

Part 1 - at 6:45, free form drum circle to warm up, practice, and welcome dancers as they arrive, but I will have some instructions that will be important for part 2.

Part 2 - at 7:30, drum with music (electronic, tribal, trance, world) as a group about 20 dancers move around the room in creative expression, known as freeform conscious dance, including contact improv. Using the music, the DJ takes the dancers on a journey through climbing and falling energy levels. Our drumming and creative use of other percussion instruments will add to the soundscape that motivates the dancers. We will be expected to follow along with some of the songs, and at times may be drumming without music. There will be some songs and times when we are asked to do nothing and we would be free join the dance or quietly take a break.

Dancers can dance any way they want as long as it is safe and respectful of others. They dance alone, in pairs, or in groups; standing, sitting, or lying on the floor; with body contact or without. There are no other rules except that shoes, talking, and alcohol are not allowed. Some dancers may choose to drum with us for part of the time, and drummers are welcome to dance. More information about Ecstatic Dance SV can be found at http://ecstaticdance.org.

As participating guests of the dance facilitator, the drummers are not required to pay the entrance charge, but do need to respect the sanctity of the space and the spirituality and creative expression of the dancers. The drumming will finish at about 9pm and the dance ends at 9:30pm. A heart circle follows the dance.

For this event, it would be best to have drummers who are not first-timers, who can commit to being there (as if it were a performance), and who can arrive on time. If the first few events go well, the limitation on first timers would probably be lifted.

Please RSVP as soon as possible if you would like to participate. Bringing extra instruments for sharing is encouraged. Chairs and drinking water will be available. If you have a question, you can post it below or send me an email.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Bummer. I missed it.

    October 20, 2012

  • Herb R.

    Lots of fun

    October 19, 2012

  • Sandi

    I think this was a successful blend of music and drumming. Drummers who also danced might have benefited the most. It was a good lesson for drummers to focus and listen to the music so as to compliment it and not overpower it. Sometimes it was difficult to hear the music due to the number of drummers. I was surprised at the amount of "non-percussive" music that was used by the DJ. I think the proposed 20 drummers would have been too many. Next time I would aim for an even smaller group and continue to encourage a variety of softer/lighter percussion instruments.

    October 18, 2012

  • Kathryn L.

    This was fascinating! Drove home the importance of paying attention to everything around us, while trying to find and keep a constantly changing groove. I LOVED it!

    October 18, 2012

  • DjembeJohn

    It really was completely different...... and fun. The dancers seemed to like having us there, and the drummers seemed to like the music that we drummed with. Some drummers danced, and some dancers drummed. I think we had about 15 drummers but I didn't get an accurate count and I didn't take roll (couldn't find my pen). I'll be talking with Wendy after she talks with some of the dancers, and we will come to a decision about doing this collaboration again. Stay tuned.

    October 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ugh I drove from Dublin and was five miles away when my truck decided to die, had to wait for tow truck back to Dublin...hope there will be another..

    October 17, 2012

    • DjembeJohn

      Sorry to hear about that. Probably will be another one like this.

      1 · October 17, 2012

  • JenK

    Absolutely fabulous - the drumming and the dancing! Definitely brought out the boogie in the bootie!

    October 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there anybody from San Jose Winchester area who is attending

    October 17, 2012

  • DjembeJohn

    Answering Sandi's questions: You can always assume that if not cancelled, an event is on. So we are ON. There is a small parking lot next to the building, but most people will find nearby free street parking. It's mostly residential.

    October 15, 2012

  • Sandi

    I've drummed in this type of situation before and it is a lot of fun and very different than a typical drum circle. The music the DJ is playing has to be supported and not overpowered. I'll bring some other rhythm instruments along so that we don't get too many drums/djembes playing...it is also fun to explore different instruments. I'll also probably dance for part of it and am looking forward to this very much!

    September 21, 2012

    • DjembeJohn

      It will be good to have your experience there. Drumming to music requires the drummer to listen and be able to find something to do on the drum that sounds good with the music.

      September 21, 2012

    • Sandi

      Are we still on for Wednesday Oct 17? What is the parking situation there?

      October 15, 2012

  • DjembeJohn

    Part 1 will be in the lobby of the building.
    Part 2 is in the main room (a rather large hall) which is large enough for the dancers and drummers, with space left over.

    September 20, 2012

  • Cy H.

    Wow, this sounds gorgeous - I'm putting it on my calendar! I'm an '8-month-old' drummer, can maintain a simple beat and know a few congolese rhythms.

    September 10, 2012

    • DjembeJohn

      Don't forget to add your RSVP if you will attend.

      September 20, 2012

  • joan

    sounds awesome!! but i'd be a 1st timer.. so i'll have to wait and see how it goes!

    September 8, 2012

    • DjembeJohn

      Joan.... "first timer" means never drummed before. If you have been to other drum circles, or if you attend one of our meetups before this one.... then you would not be a first-timer.

      September 16, 2012

    • joan

      1st timer i would be then! :~)

      September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, man...I'd love to attend this one, but unfortunately, my work schedule will not permit. :(
    Have fun!

    September 9, 2012

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