Introduction To Dance

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Rhythm Sanctuary is an inter-generational weekly free form ecstatic dance ritual for creating community. We provide an open space for self exploration, personal and collective healing, and celebration. We gather with family, friends and and new folks of all ages, and from all walks of life. We honor what has been used as community medicine by indigenous cultures around the world since ancient times. We meet weekly to foster connection and to build our community in a spiritual environment that is non dogmatic and respects all wisdom traditions. Our sanctuary inspires caring for self and others, playfulness, and creativity. Many new friendship are made at Rhythm Sanctuary which extend into our ordinary worlds.

Our environment is co~created by members of our community coming together each week prior to the dance to create “sacred space” as they are inspired. We consider “creating the space” to be as meaningful and as much an act of devotional practice as the dance itself.
We infuse our love of the dance offering into every aspect of creating the experience and at any given time you can see this reflected on the dance floor. It is not uncommon to witness participants meditating, making prayers, intentions, or reading cards at the altars. No special dance background is necessary, there are trained dancers as well as those who have never danced before. You may see participants in complete stillness, practicing yoga, drumming or rattling, leaping and playing, moving on the floor in contact improvisation, or sounding and clapping in spontaneous response to one another or the music.

The dance ritual itself is held in non-verbal reverence. We offer this to invite the deeper parts of our being to rise to consciousness, as well as practicing a new way of expressing that is different from our ordinary day to day communications. Here we may meet each other eye to eye, hand to hand, heart to heart or simply notice one another in passing. There are no expectations and we encourage authenticity, trust, exploration, and the freedom to emotionally express oneself.

Participating children welcome. Dress to move. Dance and be danced!