Ecstatic Dance is a free movement dance celebration that takes place without talking and with a live DJ. Think of a Rave, minus the drugs, minus limiting the music to only electronic music, mixed with all age groups and no structure and you have some basic idea of ecstatic dance, well not really, but at least you have an idea.
The point of ecstatic dance, at least how we see it, is to enjoy music and movement in a space where you can feel free to move and do what you like with your body and soul. Some amazing benefits of ecstatic dance are the ability to become comfortable in your own skin, and move in ways that you may have never moved, with others in a safe space with out talking and judgment.
Ecstatic dance is done sober, there is no alcohol nor drugs involved. You can show up when you like, leave when you like, and dress however you like. We ask that you dance barefoot, wear socks and or dancing shoes. We also have a community lunch following every ecstatic dance where dancers can meet one another and actually talk.
The first hour of ecstatic dance consists of a movement class that changes week over week, class examples are yoga, tai chi, acro dance, acro yoga etc. The next three hours consist of dancing. DJ's change week over week.
What if I can't dance?
Perfect! Then ecstatic dance is for you! There is no structure to ecstatic dance, you can roll on the ground the whole time if you like, you can dance with partners, dance by yourself, dance with your eyes closed or simply jump around. What you will find is that the more you do it, the more the music dances you and not the other way around.
What to expect:
-A safe place to express yourself through movement
-The most fun and incredible workout ever!
-A place to let loose all the tension of daily life
-An amazing place for community and growth
-A place you meet yourself and others
What NOT to expect:
-Do not expect a place to escape through the use of drugs and alcohol, everything has it's place, here is not that place
-It's not a place of criticism or dancing perfectionism