©2024 ECSTATIC DANCE
Sunday Ecstatic Dance
DROP IN TO THE MEDICINE OF DANCE, music, community, and embodied mindfulness!
Each Sunday for ~70 minutes, we move our bodies how our bodies want to move. Some people dance and sweat their prayers. Others connect deeply with themselves or dance with others. We’ve seen people do yoga, take naps, meditate, stretch. We hold space for authenticity and freedom of movement.
Each playlist is an eclectic set of music arranged in a wave of various rhythms from slow to HOUSe to stillness, inspired by Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms practice (flow, staccato, chaos, lyrical, stillness).
INTRO + GUIDED WARM-UP 10am
If you’re new or just want dig some prompted warm-up, arrive at 10am for welcome & a guided warm-up! Doors unlock again from 10:30-11, otherwise wave until someone lets you in.
OPENING CIRCLE 10:30
ECSTATIC DANCE ~ 10:45
CLOSING CIRCLE at 12:15
Des Moines Ballroom – 1925 High St. (new location as of 11/5/23)
It’s located just behind Gateway Market. You can actually get to their parking lot through Gateway’s parking lot.
PLEASE ENTER THRU THE UPSTAIRS STUDIO
The studio that you can enter from High St. is being used for private lessons and we don’t know if they will stop to open the door. Besides, we don’t want to disturb their sessions.
DSM Ballroom has 3 parking spaces on High St. and a parking lot up and around the back of the building. Just drive up the alley next to the building and around until you see the parking lot for 1925 High St. others will be towed. This parking lot is a great place to park for ecstatic dance as we dance in the studio that is right there.
First time is free.
Children (17 + under) are free w/adult.
We have 3 simple guidelines.
1. We Dance without shoes.
Being barefoot allows us to connect more fully with the ground. Socks are OK. If you have a physical condition and need shoes, then please take care of yourself.
2. We Dance without words
We communicate with body language. Being nonverbal makes it easier to be in a meditative and embodied state. We have no instruction or talking from the facilitators or dancers once the dance begins. And, we are all free to speak up when we need to say stop, no, help, or ____. Making an X with one’s arms in front can also communicate no.
3. We Dance as we are.
This is a substance free event. We dance as we are – letting go of expectations, judgments, shoulds, oughts, or dancing with them. We get to be with respect for ourselves, the space and one another. To help create a safe container, we invite you to stash away your phone and camera while in the space.