If You can Walk, You Can Dance…
There are no prerequisites for you to attend this other than having a body. (In fact you don’t really even need legs, if you are in a wheelchair!) This event is not a performance, but rather more like a rhythmically guided meditation. Wake-Up Dancing is a freestyle, dynamic mode of interacting with the field of intelligence within which everything exists. We employ a fusion of the best global world beat music to assist dancers to achieve a state of mental, emotional and physical release from habitual patterns of behaviour. Using modern technology, we recreate the most ancient of human rituals – dancing consciously into the source of oneness and universal love, which is our primary human right.
Why Do We Dance?
There are infinite reasons, as many as dancers and moments in the lifestream.
- We Dance for our personal healing and soul-integration
- We Dance to release our toxic trauma-drama and ancient useless judgments
- We Dance to gain the strength to forgive ourselves and others for the crime of being human
- We Dance to celebrate the miracle of life and the miracle of what it is to be a conscious human
- We Dance to restore power and vibrancy to our bodies and minds
- We Dance to express the joy, sorrow, anguish and ecstasy of life.
- We Dance to receive updates from the Soul-Server
- We Dance to Awaken from the false media-matrix of the moneyed elite
- We Dance to Heal Our Planet
- We Dance to Live as Free beings in conscious unity
- We Dance because we can, and because it’s fun!
We want you to have a wonderful and positive experience while dancing, so here are some some tips and insights.
Staying in tune with your body’s needs during the dance is crucial. If you feel like you may be reaching your limits, go take a break, drink some water and relax in the chillout room. Before the dance begins, take some time to stretch and warm up. Pace yourself throughout the dance. The UU Fellowship venue has two restrooms and a water fountain, with a separate room for relaxing, talking or changing clothing.
Please bring a personal container for water. Also, a some electrolytes like Emergen-C or Gatorade might not be a bad idea.
What should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable to dance in – just be prepared to sweat! Loose, yoga-style clothing is good, but feel free to come dressed as you like, belly-dance gear, tie-dyes, and colors, feather boas, sarongs, glow tubes, etc, are all great as long as you can keep them from being in the way of yourself and your fellow dancers. A small hand towel and some layers to stay warm after the dance on your way home is also nice.
Watch out for loose, dangling jewelry, however, if it might snag or pull on something. We all want to look our best, but it’s not about trying to impress. Safety is a higher virtue.
Please remove your shoes and socks before entering the dance floor. It’s just better, so shoe-clad folks don’t accidentally stomp the barefooters, and socks can be slippery on a wood floor. Personal discretion is advised.
Also, please be mindful of wearing perfumes or strongly scented body-care products, as these may cause a reaction in some chemically-sensitive people. Natural essential oils are preferred if necessary. (But really – unless you are unwell, you probably smell just fine as you are, especially if you shower before you come. I think the scent thing is a bit overdone anyhow, but that’s just my opinion 😉
No Drugs or Alcohol? What’s up with that?
Short Answer: You won’t need them. The dance is sufficient unto itself.
Longer Answer: We are intending a high-vibration, safe, conscious, respectful, peaceful and legal dance. Please understand that we do not consider drugs to be bad or morally wrong; there are proper contexts in which certain substances may be used in a conscientious fashion to benefit the individual and even the larger community. Among other things, Wake-Up Dancing is about awakening to your own innate capacity to shift states of consciousness at will, and to free yourself from the perceived need to rely on substances to cope or enjoy life. To develop this kind of self-mastery requires you to have clear and distinct baseline state to start from. From this perspective, the use of drugs or alcohol would diminish your personal capacity to learn and grow from the pure dance experience. Also, the presence of altered individuals on the dancefloor does impact the quality of the dance experience for everybody else. We ask that you trust and honor this purpose by coming to the dance as chemically unaltered as possible.
The dance is a celebration of life, and our power to embrace personal and collective challenges and transform them. If you are simply looking for a way to deaden and escape the pain and confusion of your life, this is probably not an appropriate event for you. However, if you are interested and willing to explore the possibility of genuinely freeing yourself from fabricated distractions and self-delusion, through the ancient modality of ecstatic dance, you will really appreciate the space we’ve created.
What is the format for the evening?
The facilitators will define the space so that you will know you are entering into a safe and consciously aware environment. Please come as early as 6:45pm if you wish, to warm up.
At about 7:15pm, there will be a brief ceremony (with some sage and gongs) and meditation to set our collective intention for universal peace, along with a brief orientation to the event.
After this, nearly 90 minutes of dedicated journey music will facilitate your exploration of movement and energy rhythm. Prepare to let go and get wild!
At about 9pm, the dance will wind down, and in our own time, we can gather together in circle once again to close and complete the intention.
There will be a first aid kit available with additional alternatives like arnica & rescue remedy.
What are the 5Rhythms®
The 5Rhythms is a simple, powerful moving meditation developed by Gabrielle Roth, that anyone – of any age, size, or physical ability – can practice. There are no steps to follow, no choreography to learn, no way to do it wrong. The only requirement is a body that is still breathing, a heart that is still beating, and mind that is still curious!
Just like light, sound or ocean waves, a dancing body when moving freely passes through 5 distinct rhythmic patterns. These patterns continuously repeat themselves in a wave of motion.
The 5Rhythms are:
- FLOWING – the fluid, continuous, grounded glide of our own movements. Earth element. Feminine aspect of our soul an awesome beauty and potent power. Teaches us to be in a body, and how to receive.
- STACCATO – the percussive, pulsing beat that shapes us a thousand different ways. Fire element. Teaches us to communicate our feelings, bare our soul, speak our minds and follow our heart.
- CHAOS – the rhythm of letting go, releasing into the catalytic wildness of our dance that can never be planned or repeated. Water element. Gateway to our intuition. Empty the mind to experience the power of knowing.
- LYRICAL – the rhythm of trance, where the weight of self-consciousness dissolves, where we lighten up and disappear into our own uniqueness. Air element. Mindful state,simultaneously being and witnessing, the gateway to trance. Awaken the soul to experience power of seeing.
- STILLNESS – the quiet emptiness, where gentle movements rise and fall, start and end, in a field of silence. In Stillness we dance with the divine. The teachings are wisdom compassion and inspiration. Embody the untamed spirit to experience the power of healing.
Also, please read Gabrielle Roth’s definitive book on the practice, Sweat Your Prayers. It’s a fun book to read.
Can children come?
The quality of the dance is many-layered: part dance celebration, part neo-shamanic journeying. While we believe it possible that kids as young as 12 (or younger) may comprehend and feel fine on the dancefloor, with all the chaos and intensity they may not. Please use your discretion in inviting young people.
Do we really have to dance for 2 hours?
Timespace and Energy being relative, Dancers have reported the dance felt like either a reallyreally long 2 hours or a veryvery short 2 hours, and often two dancers will be talking about the same Dance! You can dance for as long or as short as you like. Commit yourself to the journey by surrendering to the sacred space and honoring your own needs. The facilitators will be on the dancefloor to assist in any way if you may require. Feel free to have a break or a rest in our cushioned chillout area if you wish to recuperate.