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Dance Elemental - ecstatic dance journey

DANCE ELEMENTAL

We dance and journey through the elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and back to our Center. Bring your heart-felt intention and dance it into being. You are welcome to bring a token to represent your intention if you so desire, and place it on the Community Altar as we journey together.

Basic structure: A large and beautiful sacred space for free-form dancing to amazing music. Spaces are set aside for meditation, energy work, and community. Healthy snacks, tea and water are provided.
All ages welcome! Young children should be supervised.

Feel free to bring yoga mats for stretching or lying down.

We invite volunteer Reiki healers and other energy workers to attend the healing area.
Other volunteer opportunities are available as well.
Please send us your volunteer inquiries in advance.


* More about the Dance *
If you have never attended before, please take a few minutes to read.

Dance Elemental is inspired by ecstatic dance culture and nature-centered spiritual paths. Though you may have attended other ecstatic dance events, Dance Elemental is a unique expression of this form. Music is selected to take you on a journey through the four elements that leads you back to your center (spirit). This is a container created for authentic self expression through dance, meditation in motion, deep play, spiritual centering and community.

Rediscover and liberate your heart of hearts together through dance!

We welcome all to the dance. Open your heart and free your mind of judgment and fear. Move your body and soul to a handpicked mix of world music, tribal, funk, electronica, trance, ethereal and much more. Short, guided meditations are spoken between sections to help transition us from element to element as we journey together through the experience. We are dedicated to providing this touchstone for individual wholeness, healing, growth, and community harmony.


* What to expect when you arrive *

- Arrive to soft music. Check in first and then quietly find a place for your things. Be welcomed with a cleansing / smudge. Relax, breathe and gently stretch as others arrive.

- We will be called together for a welcoming circle, speaking of our names, brief orientation, and grounding meditation. Then the dancing starts.


* Stations *
Not to be confused with the religious variety ;)

There are several "stations" around the edge of the dance area to help you with being present during the dance.

1. Drumming:
There are an assortment of drums/shakers available for you to play. You may borrow available instruments or bring your own. Please attend children. The goal is to support the dancers by adding to the energy of the music. Sensitivity and awareness is key to holding the energy in the room...
There is no dogma, just a few guidelines for everyone's enjoyment.

2. Tea Room:
Need a refresher? We have a lovely table with healthy snacks to help re-energize and 'ground' you. A great place to chat as well.

3. Chill out zone:
Need to be still for awhile? This is a cozy space set for meditation/stillness.

4. Healing:
Feeling tapped? Reiki Practitioners and experienced Energy Workers from within our community are often available to offer their care to re-energize and align the participants. There may even be a massage table or special chair set aside for this.

5. Community Altar:
This is a space for you to focus your energy and intention, or to draw inspiration from during the dance. You may bring something to place on or near the altar if you feel called to do so.

6. Community networking table:
This table is set up near the entrance so that we can get to know one another better. Bring your business cards and brochures, event flyers, freebies, etc.
Please take a look at the table during the evening and take anything of interest. Seek and ye shall find.


* Guidelines and Tips *

1. We kindly ask for no talking on the dance floor. This allows for people to go deeper into their dance and connect with their journey through the elements. (Chat and conversation is welcome in the tea room, outside, or very quietly just off the dance floor.)

2. Dance however you want. There is no right or wrong way. Listen to your body and move to the way it feels. Express who you are from the inside out.

3. Respect yourself as well as those around you. Pay attention to your boundaries and the boundaries of others. Communicate through eye contact and body language. Be compassionate and aware.

4. Bring water - mainly recommended for those who get very thirsty while exercising, or have a cold.

5. Wear clothes that make you feel good and are comfortable for dancing. Be expressive and colorful if you like, or just show up in your sweats. It's all good! Dancing barefoot or in socks is fine. Shoes are ok, but heavily treaded shoes or heals are not recommended. Most dance shoes or slippers are great.

6. Do not bring alcohol or drugs.

7. Do not bring cameras.

8. ALL AGES and genders are welcome.

9. Be yourself!


* The Elemental Journey *

- We begin with SPIRIT (Divine self, Center, Wholeness, Inspiration, Love, and Peace) This is a time for stillness (perhaps even lying down), gentle stretching, free-form yoga and other slow movement. Center yourself and be present, here now.

- We move into AIR: (Dawn / Spring, Breath, Your minds eye, Flights towards the new horizon, Clear seeing.)
Our imaginations are tickled by the airy sounds. Over the windswept hills and windy beaches, above the high mountain peaks, and high towers of mankind, flitting across the tree tops, and through the sky like a bird or an airplane. We attune ourselves to air and to breath. Let the sounds begin to carry us. We are flying, floating, moving around the space (inner and outer). We are filled with fresh insight, suspended in air. Feel the soft air across your skin. Sense your lightness of body, as we project and express our higher visions through movement and dance.

- We move into FIRE: (Midday / Summer, Passion, Hearts desire, Creative spark, Purification & Transformation, Where action meets intention.)
Things are heating up now. The room comes to life with eruptions of energy. Feel the spark of the quickening music as the drums are popping like crackling fire. Our bodies express our passion and excitement. Our spirits are purified in the energetic flames of transformation. Feel its warmth encompass your being. We are the sun, the flame, the power, the light!

- We move into WATER: (Dusk / Autumn, The flow, Ripple effect, Tides of change, Deep emotion, Surrender, Waters of healing, Ocean of bliss.)
We are refreshed by the cleansing sounds of music inspired by the waters of the oceans, rivers, waterfalls, and wells of emotion. We begin to flow together in the healing waves and we are reminded that the ocean refuses no river just as the dancer refuses no rhythm. All things are connected and each movement creates a ripple that circles out, infinitely changing all that it touches. A playful harmony calls to you. Heed the call and join in the rush of wonder. We are flowing with the tide, healing, soothing, and loving ourselves and each other in the beauty of each life giving moment.

- We move into EARTH: (Night / Winter, Hearth, Foundation, Heart Beat, Wisdom of the ages, Connection to humanity, tribe, family & our bodies.)
Feel the weight of our bodies, our solidity. We become receptive to the grounding rhythms and music. We stand upon the mountain in a great meadow surrounded by a forest of trees. The drumming and pulsing sounds bring us back into our nurturing bodies, and we feel our spirits within connect with our heartbeat, arms, legs, torso, neck and head. We are reminded of our personal growth, our innate beauty and strength. Feel the abundance, and wisdom all around and within us. Remember your roots, sinking into the deep caves, where the echoes of our ancestors whisper to us. Feel alive and grateful for our bodies and all they can do for us. Express this through our dance... we are the earth tribe - dancing in the garden together!

- We end once again with SPIRIT (center):
Find yourself at the hub of the wheel. Endings are but new beginnings. Return to center. Be present, here now.


* Closing *

Afterward, we usually end with a simple heart sharing, with a few words spoken by those who wish to speak about what they experienced, and any gratitudes, etc. There is also time allowed for community announcements before we part. Feel free to bring flyers for your events and put them on the community networking table.

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Dance Elemental - ecstatic dance journey March 4, 2012 5:39 PM Dakini
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