No reservations required. Simply drop-in and pay at the door, cash or credit card only. Arrive anytime during the session. Dress in comfortable clothing.Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Ecstatic Dance is a barefoot practice. If you need to wear shoes due to health reasons, please note dance-specific shoes are allowed, but only shoes that have never been worn on the street.
Join us and enjoy a safe space to dance without talking, drinking and the nightclub vibe. This is about getting great exercise, freeing your mind and body, and connecting with yourself and others in a safe and healthy space. Ecstatic Dance empowers people of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds to freely express themselves; the liberating atmosphere creates a melting pot of acceptance and the fearlessness with which others move gives permission and courage to dance without inhibition. All are welcomed, including People of Color, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex & Same-Gender Loving People.
As a volunteer, you will be requested to help for an hour in exchange for admission to dance. You will be asked to do things to beautify the space and prepare it for the dance or clean up from the dance, such as: sweeping or mopping the floor, putting out the mats, cleaning, creating/putting away the altar, among other tasks. We rely on the help of volunteers and treat them with respect and immense gratitude for their invaluable service.
On Sunday morning, you have 2 options:
1. Arrive by 9am and let the door person know you’re there to help. Proceed up to the ballroom, and someone will let you know how to help. Anyone who arrives by 9am will be able to volunteer in exchange for admission.
2. Ask at the front door when you arrive if the clean-up slots have been filled. There are 2 clean-up slots for Sunday mornings. If there is one available, you will be asked to give your name to the door person at that time. Prepare to meet at the altar immediately after dance is over for more detailed instruction on how to help.
At Ecstatic Dance, we join together to create a sacred space for dancing. No talking on the dance floor allows us to move out of our heads and into our bodies, hearts, and spirits. We leave behind the words and worries of the day, and connect with spirit and each other in new ways.
The dance teaches us to cultivate body-centered awareness and is for everyone. Everyone can find a way to feel the music in their bodies and move it through, regardless of individual needs and abilities. We do our best to accommodate special needs.
Ecstatic Dance is about getting out of the head and into the body. It’s not about the way the movement looks, it’s about how it feels. At Ecstatic Dance, you will see a great variety of dances in any given moment – from flowing Tai Chi-esque moves to hopping up and down to break dancing to simply walking or sitting in meditation. Move however you wish.
On Sundays, we suggest you come to the post dance picnic! When the weather is nice, many dancers go to Adams Park after dance to enjoy conversation, food, and sunshine. Adams Park is located at the corner of Harrison St. & Grand Ave., a few blocks from the ballroom. Pick up food or bring a picnic before going to the park and join in!