ECSTATIC DANCE NORTHAMPTON
"Ecstatic Dance is
what you make of it..
a freeform movement space where:
creativity breaks out
ritual is reinvented
The beat deepens
as an electronic tapestry
of world rhythms
weave us together
within a greater family.''
Nowadays, dance is seen mostly as a technique or a form or art, which one needs to learn or have a talent for. However, in the history of mankind, dance used to play an important role for cultures all around the world – it assisted people in solving conflicts, celebrating important events, honoring natural cycles, and it was an important part of religious rituals but mainly, it strengthened people’s feeling of belonging and helped them to move energy improve health and become closer to each other.
A free, formless dance is extremely liberating. It has a power to free our minds, while it can also be a great alternative to a heavy cardio training, thanks to which endorphins are being released to our body, making us feel joyful, happy and light.
Ecstatic Dance has been around since humans started gathering together... as soon as we can move we dance! As an organization, free-form dance gatherings in our region started in Boston with “Dance Freedom” in Boston as early as the late sixties! As an international community through EcstaticDance.org it originated in Hawaii, from where it spread to San Francisco Bay Area, California and further to the whole world.
Ecstatic Dance offers a possibility to step out of our daily routines for couple of hours, to feel our bodies fully, and to connect to our inner selves.
HOW - A combination of factors allows Ecstatic Dance to offer such a safe space, where all honor and respect each other, people relax and become fully present: - We dance to the music of different genres, tempos and emotions. The music forms a journey, which invites us and helps us to fully express ourselves in dance. This journey is carefully crated by ecstatic dance DJs who are proficient in providing a musical space for full expression.
We dance in a beautiful warm dance hall with clean wooden floor and a pleasant atmosphere.
We open and close our dance journey together in a circle and have a short warm-up before the start.
We dance barefoot, without talking and for our own joy. Together we create a safe atmosphere, without staring at each other. Each person’s dance helps to make the others feel safe, relaxed and tuned in.
We dance on our own or with a partner but at all times we are aware of each other's desire to dance as they wish, together or alone and respectful of this through offering invitation and inviting truthful gentle response.
We dance without the influence of drugs or alcohol.
We do not take pictures or videos at the dance floor.
FOR WHOM - We hope that by now it's clear that Ecstatic Dance is really for everyone: professionals, students, servers, parents, technicians, old, young, hipsters and hippies, nerds or cosmonauts. Ecstatic Dance is not about the steps, technique or looks – it's about letting your body move as it wants to... getting excursive and uplifting your emotional state.
WHAT TO BRING - Bring comfortable clothes for dancing, yoga attire is great! We dance barefoot. (cloth soled dance shoes acceptable) Water bottle and maybe a light snack for energy! Sliding Scale $15-$20 for Adults, $10 for Students (work exchange available.. see bellow)
CONNECT - Follow us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/GlowDanceNorthampton/ Join our Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/EcstaticNortheastCommunity/
*** ALWAYS looking for ideas, artists, promotors, helpers, musicians, and more!!! ***
~ SAFETY and RESPECT ~ We all want to have a good time!
When attending // Ecstatic Northeast // events, I agree to respect this code of ethics. I am aware that if I don’t, I may be warned or even asked to leave. For questions or concerns during the event, I will seek out a Space Holder, identified by a wrist band and listed at the Entrance.
RESPECT & DIVERSITY I will respect myself: I am a valuable member of the dance community, no matter my level of experience, age, sex, gender expression, sexual preferences, body size, ethnicity, or religious beliefs. I will respect others: I recognize that people have different values and viewpoints than I do, and that they are still valuable members of the community.
PERSONAL BOUNDARIES I will strictly respect the physical and personal boundaries of my fellow attendees on and off the dance floor. I can let anyone I dance with know that I wish to dance as close together or as far apart as I want, for any reason I want and I can leave a dance at any time, without explanation.
INVITATIONS TO DANCE I will ask someone to dance with respect, and choose to accept or reject requests with respect.
I am free to accept and decline dances for whatever reasons I wish and leave a dance at any time, without explanation. If someone says no, or leaves a dance with me, I will accept their answer knowing that I am still a valuable member of the community, and move on to have just as much fun dancing alone or with someone else. As an experienced dancer, I will be sure to thoroughly check in with new dancers before attempting to dance with them, even verbally, in order to completely understand and honor their desire to dance with me or not
SAFETY ON THE DANCE FLOOR I can inform my dance partner if something they do makes me uncomfortable or physically hurts me. Additionally, I will respect my dance partner’s request that I stop doing something that makes them uncomfortable or physically hurts them… continually tuning in for cues. I will do my best be aware of dancers around me and try not to step on, bump, or trip other dancers; I will be gracious if I accidentally do, and still gracious if someone does it to me. I will care for my own safety. I am responsible for determining what I can and cannot accomplish.
SEXUAL CONTACT I understand that dancing with someone isn’t an invitation for sexual contact; it’s about sharing the love of dance. I know that as a responsible adult, if I am uncomfortable with my partner’s actions I am free to be clear with my verbal communication and ask them to change their behavior or leave the dance at any time. I will speak with a Space Holder if for some reason I am unable to communicate with my partner, the behavior is severe, or it is repeated.
Feedback, Questions or Concerns email (Inspired by Motley Hue’s Code of Ethics with much gratitude.)