Ecstatic Dance Community
is Inspired by the Ecstatic Dance Big Island
(at Kalani Honua) pictured below...
Ecstatic Dance Big Island began on the Dance Floors of Kalani,
Puna, Big Island
In the year 2000, Bodhitara (inspired by Vin Marti's Soul Motion) was dancing religiously on Sunday Mornings, making fresh mix tapes each and every week...
As music technology advanced, and new sounds continued to evolve,
it was Max Fathom,
who brought dance to the next level at Kalani. He was already familiar with Gabrielle Roth's wonderfully complete 5 Rhythms, through Body Choir in Austin, Texas...
But on his way to Hawaii,
he fell in love with new electronic music blossoming in the west coast festival scene. The music induced states of being experienced at Burning Man made a lasting impression...
He blended the two worlds
of Conscious Dance & DJ Culture
And The Big Island of Hawaii at Kalani was the perfect place for this Community to take Root. Dancers went to all new Heights of Embodied Expression.
Max, E-lizabeth & Community nurtured Ecstatic Dance there for thousands of Dancers until 2009, when they returned to the mainland. Kalani Resort and its Volunteers continue to host the weekly Sunday Morning Ecsatic Dance there.
Two Bay Area AcroYoga Instructors
Donna Carroll and Tyler Blank,
both experienced Magic, Evolution, and Community
during their dancing journeys at Ecstatic Dance Big Island.
Desiring a taste of this expansive transformational energy and
community dance in the San Francisco Bay Area...
...they found the Historic Sweet's Ballroom in Uptown Oakland,
with it's 1924 original, 8,000 square foot dancefloor, huge windows, overlooking mezzanine, and luckily, it was nearly vacant.
What Kalani's Blue Moon Room, and EMAX was to EDance Big Island, with it's open air tent and hardwood dance floor by the Ocean...
...Sweet's Ballroom is to the Ecstatic Dance Oakland.
and So it Began in the Bay...
Both Big Island Ecstatic Dance and Ecstatic Dance SF Bay have since inspired communities around the world to start their own Conscious Dances.