Ecstatic Dance Sanctuary is: A sacred + silly space with DJ beats to express and celebrate the inner, outer and inbetweener, interstellar and even awkward free movement medicine making. Intention, connection, community and kinetic expression.
This is a collective free form dance to nourish mind, body, soul and to honor and foster community. There is no talking on the dance floor, as is the custom of ecstatic dance around the world, to allow us to find other ways to communicate with others and ourselves. This is in no way a rule to be quiet though as all sorts of sounds are surely welcome!
Contact improv is definitely a common sighting/experience at the dances and is available to any who wish to consensually engage. Regarding consent: We ask that you enter into every facet of the dance with consciousness/awareness within about what is most true for you…. What we mean is this is YOUR dance…. So what do you want it to look like? What do you consent to and how can you support what you consent to? It is fully reasonable to not want to dance with anyone or to dance with everyone, or to not dance with someone you normally dance with, etc. Finding what is most honest for yourself in any given moment is your right, and we are all here to support one another finding their truths on and off the dance floor. Because there is no talking, you may put your hands together in prayer to let someone know you’re not interested in dancing with them.
We also ask that each of you is present to the culmination of energies…. So if you are dancing with someone and you notice them moving away, take their lead and also move away as well. There is such a beautiful interconnectedness that is present on the dance floor, whether actually dancing together or not, and we encourage people to come as they are, unaltered by drugs or alcohol.
Before the Dancing starts, Neko Three-Sixty will be offering an amazing sound healing session using two large gongs, and Tibetan and crystal singing bowls.
She will be offering both of these experiences as the culminating event for the Benevolent Cosmos Celebration. These soundscapes allow one to go on a journey into their heart, into the shadow, the light and everywhere in between.