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Movement Medicine

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Jun 12, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
Brooklin Community Centre

Welcome to Ecstatic Dance Durham

Ecstatic dance involves uninhibited movement to the rhythm of music, allowing dancers to freely express themselves without adhering to specific steps. By many, it is considered a spiritual experience. For some, it is a form of meditation, and for others it is simply a fun way to exercise and move their body.  Whatever your reason or call to ecstatic dance, it is an immersive experience that can lead to a profound sense of euphoria cultivating a deeper understanding of one's own emotions.  

 

As a form of movement medicine, ecstatic dance fosters a connection with the world through direct experience and embodiment. By blending physical, artistic, spiritual, shamanic, and therapeutic techniques, this practice aims to inspire human creativity, promote healing and transformation, and nurture the relationship with ourselves, others, the earth, and the spirit of life. 

Ecstatic dance is for all bodies. 

It is a practice for self-exploration and self-expression.

Absolutely no prior dance training is required.

It is a shoe-free, phone-free, talk-free dance floor. 

It is a substance-free and judgement-free space. 

THE PRACTICE
THE MEDICINE

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THE MEDICINE

Ecstatic dance is a cyclical and musical journey, typically lasting from 1.5 to 2 hours. The music is diverse and varies from every set and DJ. It’s typically comprised of house, tribal, ambient, chill and bass styles, however, the genre itself is not as important as the music's ability to evoke emotions and affect mood. 

 

The cycle starts in a flow state, with graceful, upbeat sounds to awaken your senses. This helps you to slowly warm up and feel safe to move your body naturally. 

 

The music gradually builds into a faster, more high energy rhythm.  As it continues to rise and reach the peak of intensity, a shared energy between all dancers is usually felt as everyone feels more comfortable and confident to move freely and wildly. 

 

The music then transitions into a lighter and lyrical tempo, giving us time to slow our pulse while still moving playfully. 

 

The final phase brings us into rest and reflection.  The music becomes more ambient and the melodic tones allows us to wind down, integrate and simply just be with the body. 

 

Remember, every ecstatic dance journey is deeply unique and personal.  Allow yourself the openness to receive whatever arises from the experience.  Give yourself grace and compassion if you did not move the way you wanted to, or feel moved the way you hoped to.

alchemy through dance

Music and dance have been long studied for its cognitive and somatic benefits. Neuroscientist, John Krakauer describes the two together as a ‘pleasure double play.’ (Edwards, 2015).  While music stimulates the brain’s reward centre, lowers stress hormones and increases dopamine, dance activates regions of the brain that supports executive function, increases serotonin and long-term memory, and helps develop new neural pathways. This is why we call it medicine!

 

Dancing and shaking is a well known form of somatic therapy.  During ecstatic dance our focus is on the body and the senses, away from talking, processing and thinking. By actively feeling and connecting to our emotions through intuitive-led movement, we are strengthening and teaching our body how to regulate.  

 

The best part is, you don’t have to know what  you're doing.  You don't need to be coordinated or be on beat! 

Any which way you move, sway, shake, or spin you are supporting your mental and physical well-being. 

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“Shame dies when stories are shared in safe spaces” ~ Ann Voskamp 

 

Ecstatic dancing is a form of story telling through movement.  Our offering is to create a safe space for you to fully express your most authentic self. We know that only you get to define what safety means to you, and our purpose is to cultivate an environment where you feel appreciated and supported in your sovereignty and your choices. 

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