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I got into dance after 30 years modeling for art classes. I spend so much time simulating stillness (and I say simulating because a living, breathing body can never be completely still) that I wanted to explore free movement. When I model, my body is in its pure, uncovered, sacred state, and I want to dance in that same naked state. My first conscious dance experience was a Dancing Freedom workshop, and I initially encountered some resistance to dancing my dance. But once I found acceptance in that workshop's second session, I was able to let go, to be one with the elements, free and naked and vulnerable and blissful and pure. It was awesome! It didn't matter who was around; and it didn't matter that I was the only person in the group who chose not to wrap my body in textiles. Society has ingrained us into this belief that parts of our body are "private" or "nasty," and I am thankful that 30 years of nude modeling have erased this belief in myself.
I don't have any "clothing optional" Ecstatic Dances in my area, but I have to ask if, in a discipline that espouses that one free one's mind and body, is clothing truly mandatory? Does an Ecstatic Dance session have to present itself as "clothing optional" for me to feel free to "move however you wish" (which for me is in my body's pure and naked state)? I hope to experience that freedom I felt in that Dancing Freedom workshop in future Ecstatic Dance sessions...
Why i dance...because i like to speak without words...to connect with my soul...to fly!!! to heal!!! to love!!!
I've been dancing since I was three. It was a natural feeling and movement for me. For the past three and a half years I have consistently had knee injuries because they are just this bad. This year, it was different because it was during our competition season. Being injured had never heart me this much, inside and out.I don't think I'd realized until now how much dance truly means to me. It's something I always have and always will have that feels so emotional and physical at the same time. But now, it's taken away from me?I feel like someone's old pointe shoe, that no longer has any use.Dance moved my soul in a way that nothing else even comes close to.
EDance is therapy for me, and allows me to be a therapist and healer for others. The Hawai'i altar is a direct portal to the Goddess, and many of us return to honor her with our sacred gyrations and personal temple dances week after week, year after year, lifetime after lifetime. This is a dynamo of participatory rejuvenation. This is the simultaneous experience of being both self & One. EDance is an amazing container for having "out of mind" experiences, shedding the visceral programming that language does to us, getting a good dance on with YOURSELF first of all & exploring the dance with partners only when it's in your flow. Saves my life every time. Gratitude.
for medance is a meeting placethe meeting of what is inside and outside
i am there at that meeting experiencing what is happening
sometimes it manifests directly as movementsometimes as stillnesssometimessometimes... as dance
I dance because I must. I dance in order to remember who I am. I dance in order to set myself free, to get back to my depths, to connect to everything, to heal, to feed my joy, to fuel my fire...
I dance to release my inhibitions. I dance to release tensions. I dance to loosen kinks of consciousness in my physical, emotional and mental bodies. I dance to heal and to allow love to flow more freely.
At first, when I arrive, I often find I need time to land at home in my body, in my own rhythm. Otherwise, the experience is self-conscious, and other-driven.
So I wear earplugs initially. And I move, at my pace, with my eyes closed and attune to my own beat, locate my own private tempo.
Once I have truly landed, I am home; In my body; Free; Yet grounded. And I can open my eyes and take out my earplugs and dance with the world.
And this is true wonder: To be one with myself, my breath, my heart, my ground, and one with the world all at once. Such joy and wholeness in this.
I do not dance... I ROCK...
The body is an amazing instrument. Give it sound and it reacts accordingly.The mind is an amazing instrument. Give it a rhythm, tempo, emotion and imagination and it causes the body to be an amazing instrument of expression. I am relatively shy, but when I dance, the physical expression feels like LIFE at FULL-THROTTLE. ahhh! BALANCE! Dance even when you're not! (GF)
I just discovered ecstatic dance. A good friend of mine had been doing it for about 6 weeks, and spoke very highly of it, so I decided to try it out today. It ROCKS. It's a beautiful way to be in your body in a meaningful and joyful way. I need to figure out how to make time to do more of it...
I dance in tribute to and celebration of the music.... my body is my instrument, dance is my medicine. I've always danced, on my own, with fierce joy. I've only recently found ecstatic dance, finally finding home. It is freeing, it is exercise, it is union, and beautiful solitude. I am more in my body when I have danced, more joyful, content, complete. I have more to give when I have danced.
Man it's fun! Weeeeeeeee!I don't have to be serious. I can be anything and anyone I want.
I feel like I'm standing on the edge of myself, and if I jump off that cliff I find myself in a space of flow. Dancing encourages me to face myself. A lot of it is indescribable. Sometimes it comes out as a whimpering giggle------- Definitely a mystery involved with how dancing affects me, but I know for sure it's not a detrimental practice/activity, quite the contrary. I feel empowered as a human on this planet when I dance. Then top it off with some moody funk, and I'm ready to roll!
The desire to dance feels like an ancient current in my body, a deep knowing that this is my way to connect with the divine. The dance floor is like a playground for our energies, "movement meditation" feels like the perfect description. No matter what mood I bring to the dance, it is a place where I can move through stuff if I dare to open myself. And I love watching how other people connect within this realm, to witness how the feminine and the masculine powers are able to soar.
I believe in the power of Dance. It transforms us. It makes us healthier, happier, and more connected. We learn to trust our instincts, reflexes, and intuitions.
how i celebrate the mystery, explore my boundaries, exceed my limitations, embrace my woundedness, feel and heal, touch the root of what makes us one, and ofcourse, it's fun!
...to Celebrate !
It's my art, my prayer, my sanity. Being human can be a masquerade of sorts... dance reminds me that I am an animal... And as a pack, a pride, a tribe, we have access to so much wisdom through our dancing bodies
Because I never learned how to articulate music with any other instrument than my body. Dance has been my best friend, my healer, my parent, and my guide. It's empowered and connected the chapters of my lifetime, and been my impetus to make major changes in my lifestyle. Because the sprites and the angels and the spirits visit me when I dance. Because I do most of my healing and praying while dancing. Because I learn how to loathe my body less, each time I dance. Because I sometimes don't notice my body unless I dance. My dance is where I escaped to and emerged into this world from. And it's so outrageously nourishing, it always feels like my reward. Plus, it's super fun to carve lines in the Cosmos and burn holes in floors with my feet.
When I'm in flow, it's as if I disappear and become just a puppet that the Music is using to dance. There is nothing there but music yet it is so beautifully silent.
When i dance i'm in my body, which is where i want to spend more time. While dancing I experience the joy of being alive, many insights and lots of playful and creative expression. I love the way i can connect with so many people through dance, in such an open, free, sensual or playful way. I feel loved and in love with all the other dancers. I also can sometimes feel Gaia, our extended earth body- our connection to the entire web of Life- through experiencing the elements in the bodily senses. And of course dancing is a great physical workout, releases stress, works out kinks, and it's just what i almost always want to be doing!
I DANCE to CELEBRATE this EXISTENCE ALIVE!!!
... To join in the DANCE Of the UNIVERSE... To be in union with the ECSTATIC ENERGY of Planets, galaxies and every single twinkle star!!
... To CELEBRATE the unknown forces and mysteries of things that have no name!
I dance to connect with my Self. To connect with the Divine. To embrace my power. To feel softness. To go a little mad. To play. To be a child again. To love myself and others. To live. To die.
I love you guys and miss my SF Bay family a lot. Blessings from NYC.
Because I have to.
Plus, feelings, intuitions and expressions come up beyond what I could ever say, describe or explain. A level of truth and a facet of being seem to come up which transcends reason -- but that feels more deeply true than any reasoned truth. Is it love? Shakti? Reverie? Suchness? Sheldrake’s morphic resonance? (Does it even have to have a name so long as if you feel it?)
Thanks everyone for sharing these experiences! (Donna, Tyler, Sol Rising, Alia, Lachlan, Sharu, Rhythmystic, Samantha, Dragonfly, and all other DJ’s, teachers, musicians, door peeps, food peeps, bodyworkers, setup peeps, website peeps, fellow dancers, what-box thinkers … : )