Ecstatic Dancing

Hey Insiders! Welcome to the Well.

 

I love dancing – it’s so fun. It’s a great work out and form of expression/exploration. I heard about ecstatic dancing a few years ago, and I have wanted to go to an ecstatic dance party soooo bad ever since. I’ve not had the opportunity YET (I don’t think there’s a big scene for it in NJ), so I’m just going to write about it in the meantime.

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Here are some of the basic rules of ecstatic dance as written on ecstaticdance.org:

 

  1.  Move however you wish

2.  No talking on the dance floor

3.  Respect yourself and one another  

 

Ecstatic Dance is a Drug & Alcohol Free Space

     Please also refrain from photos, video, and shoes & scents. 

Many people dance in their own space, and others share their space with another.


To engage in a dance with someone, use sensitivity:  Are they open to sharing their space with me?  Mirror movements, offer a hand, brush by, make eye contact, and see & feel how they respond… 

If you’d rather not dance with someone, or are ending a dance with someone,

simply thank them by placing your hands in prayer at your heart.

Namaste… Thank You. 

“My Spirit Recognizes Yours”

 

Here’s a video to give you an idea of what ecstatic dance might look like:

 

So it’s basically an opportunity to move in whatever ways feel good to you, so long as you are respectful of others. It seems like a great way to get in touch with your creativity, connect with others, and melt into the energy of the space. I can imagine you might transcend your usual state of mind, so it would likely be very meditative.

Have you ever participated in ecstatic dance? I would love to hear about it in the comments. Thanks for stopping by the Well!

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