©2023 ECSTATIC DANCE
Ecstatic Dance Seacoast
We dance our joy. We find our healing in wordless movement, on the exhale, on the yell that escapes from our throat, in the moments in stillness on the floor, feeling the pound of others’ feet.
So often, our healing, our empowerment, our JOY— we don’t find it through words. Words just can’t quite touch the thing that lives deep in our bones— but dance can. Music can. Breath can.
This is not choreography — there are no steps to learn, and there is definitely no way to do it wrong. This dance is the free expression of everything swirling within you, and Ecstatic Dance is the dance floor to set it all free.
We dance our joy, our freedom, our longing, our wildness.
We dance our sadness, our frustration, our anger, our pain.
In Ecstatic Dance, community is built. Rituals are discovered. Self-judgements are released. Creativity is birthed. The body moves and breathes and sweats and stomps and twirls and pulses.
And it is all welcome.
The flow of the night:
6:30: Opening Circle & Cacao Ceremony
7:15: DJ set by Ankati, free dance
9:00: Soundscape and Ceremony Closing
9:15: Closing Circle
There are four guidelines.
Consent is the law of the land. Every dancer is welcome to their space; if you want to dance with, hug, or otherwise share contact with someone, get permission first.
No talking on the dance floor; please speak in quiet voices in the Chill Space only, and let the music and movement guide the dance!
No phones on the dance floor, including videos or photos of the dancers. Take this time to engage directly with the world and set your screen aside!
This is a safe, substance-free dance space, and we hold a high value on clarity of presence: please do not arrive intoxicated or partake in substances during the dance. We get naturally ecstatic on the movement, not on alcohol or drugs.
Register at www.ankatiday.com/ecstatic-dance
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.