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October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMagill David

There are so many benefits that we can get from dancing. This is why I love this hobby.

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October 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames Tuke

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...

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan H

Why i dance...because i like to speak without words...to connect with my soul...to fly!!! to heal!!! to love!!!

March 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Poch

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.

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJessi de Jong

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.

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLe'a

for me
dance is a meeting place
the meeting of what is inside and outside

i am there at that meeting experiencing
what is happening

sometimes it manifests directly as movement
sometimes as stillness
sometimes... as dance

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpaul michael

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...

May 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter~Valerie

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.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Sanctuary

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.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBleue

I do not dance... I ROCK...

December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAcidDaphne

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)

October 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYewsimi I. Ceyootu

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...

October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

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.

October 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrissyP

Man it's fun! Weeeeeeeee!
I don't have to be serious. I can be anything and anyone I want.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGuy

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!

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoey

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.

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSilke VeeBee

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.

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Mollner

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!

July 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkarenana

...to Celebrate !

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLove RahKen

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

June 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCas

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.

June 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

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.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOnyx

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!

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDevi Peri

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