© 2020 ECSTATIC DANCE
Dance Medicine Philly
Our first dance was back in November 2017 at the Ethical Society right in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. During the first year, we had one dance every month on Sunday evening, and averaged about 40-50 people. During our second year, we’ve started hosting ED on 2 Sundays every month, averaging about 60-70 people. Now, entering into our third year, we’re consistently selling out at this same space where we started. So we’re transitioning to 3 dances a month in 2020. We’re adding new locations, and the days of the week may vary as we enter into the Summer months. Expect some outdoor dances, as well as dances with 2 DJs in huge ballrooms. We’re also featuring an Elixir Bar and artisan crafts, as well as our traditional accompaniment of guided warm-up and sound healing. The warm-ups range from yoga to contact improv to navigating consent in a non-verbal space. For the sound healings, we invite in live musicians- from guitars to singing bowls to handpans and harps. And of course, we have a solid assortment of local Philly DJs, as well as a myriad of DJs from around the world traveling to the City of Brotherly Love to share their sounds with our community. Come as You Are – Move as You Please.
Ecstatic Dance – 3 Simple Guidelines
1. We Dance without shoes (or: We Dance Barefoot)
This allows us to connect more fully with the Ground (socks are OK)
If you have a physical condition that you need dance shoes, then OK
2. We Dance without words (or: We Dance with Body Language)
This makes it easier to be in a Meditative State
No Verbal Instruction from the Facilitators
No Talking from the Dancers
3. We Dance as We Are
No Drugs/Alcohol, No Phones, No Camera/Video, No Scents, No Expectations, No Judgements, No Shoulds, No Oughts… Just Be Yourself; With Respect for Ourselves, the Space, and One Another.