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What is Ecstatic Dance Beach?

Ecstatic Dance in the Silent Dance way… We have for you a HQ headset, its in the price! Use this wisely, it can’t swim! Enjoy the dance at the beach.

What kind of music do I hear?

Ecstatic dance is build up from all different kind of music styles. From urban, to the best beat ever. Shamanistic and classical

 

Who is the DJ/ CL

In the ticketshop you can see who is preparing the set. We always ask if the DJ will come and dance with us. But this is due the COVID situation not always possible.

Ecstatic Dance Workout

Inspired by and with the kind permission of Ecstatic Dance San Francisco www.ecstaticdance.org
Ecstatic Dance is happening worldwide;
Hawaii, San Francisco, Berlin, New York, Seattle, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona
We’d love to see you on our outside dance floor

Welcome at Ecstatic Dance Beach

It happend Almost a year ago.. our first dance at the beach.

It was fun, scary and awasome! The sun the beach one big adventure.

people from whole the country come to our beach to dance and for finding community.

This must be on your bucketlist!

We bring inside outside

♡ Ecstatic Dance Guidelines
1. No talking
2. No drugs/alcohol (bring your own water and tea)
3. Barefoot
4. Respect yourself and one another

5.Keep 1,5 meter distance, until we can leave this rule

 

The Basics
  • No shoes. When we dance in bare feet with full access to all the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons in our feet we are able to feel the ground beneath us and connect to it. We are able to literally get grounded. This protects the body. It also protects other dancers’ feet from being stepped on. Not to mention protecting the dance floor.

 

  • No booze. Dancing in many cultures is associated with the drinking of alcohol. Where I grew up it was often referred to as “liquid courage”. The idea being that we need to ingest something external to remove the inhibitions we have about dancing. Conscious dance is bold in that it asks us to come as we are, not without those inhibitions but with them and a willingness to dance alongside them.

 

  • No chit-chat. Conscious dance being non verbal is part of its magic. To bypass speaking with mouths and instead speak with bodies gives us a rare opportunity to engage non-verbally. I want to make it clear that verbal communication is really important, I have nothing whatsoever against talking! It is however very rare to find places which are not verbal, a place to be decidedly “right brained”, to forgo words and gain more access to present moment awareness. Often conversation is used to cover awkward silences. These moments are awkward because we are used to presenting our personality to others via words. Without those words how do we express who we are? With our bodies of course! It is a vulnerable, authentic and courageous act, to show up exactly as we are and not talk.

Bernice Rabbis founder of Dance The Medicine. www.Dancethemedicine.com

Awareness - Inner and Outer

If you go back and read the quotes I discover while researching “What is conscious dance?” you will find the word “aware” or “awareness” in nearly every definition. Consciousness does not exist without awareness.

When dancing we need to cultivate full spectrum awareness. Awareness of our inner landscape happens  on physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual levels (called the 4 Dimensions of Embodiment in the Open Floor movement practice). An example might be to be aware of the anger which you feel about having a sore back which is not allowing you to drop out of thinking and creating a feeling of disconnection.

  • Physical= Sore back
  • Emotional= Anger
  • Intellectual= Active thinking mind
  • Spiritual= Disconnected

While this example may not be comfortable or fun it does contain a lot of inner awareness! Which is a very good start. However, because we are sharing space while moving, and because being in community is at the heart of conscious dance, inner awareness is not enough, we must also be aware of the outer.

The need for outer awareness of our physical space is obvious, we need to stay safe and not bump into one another. As we make use of the whole venue, going for the empty spaces on the dance floor, we need open eyes to do so safely. But there are other important reasons (and huge benefits) to cultivating outer awarness as well. Because we are in a non verbal space the issue of consent becomes nuanced. How do we know that “no means no” when we can’t use our mouth to say it or our ears to hear it? I believe that one of the finest lessons learned on a dance floor is the ability to get conscious about other humans. It is said that 80% of what we communicate is done so non verbally. If we aren’t fluent with the language of the body we are missing a good deal of what people are telling us. What does it mean when you dance near someone and they turn and make brief eye contact, which leads to a smile, a chest that comes forward as hands open? Chances are they are welcoming you into a shared dance. Should we then throw ourselves on them in a full body contact dance? NO! We take a step forward, perhaps mirror the body posture and see if their body continues to stay open. We can learn so much through the dance to become fluent in body language, a skill which carries over to absolutely every other interaction we will have in our lives. This alone may be reason enough to dedicate yourself to the dance for eternity

Bernice Rabbis founder of Dance The Medicine. www.Dancethemedicine.com

 

Scope for the Full Spectrum of Human Emotion

Fun and comfort are fantastic but not necessarily the goal of conscious dancing. The example of the dancer with the sore back shows us that consciousness does not necessarily lead to breakthroughs, answer or ecstasy. I have to admit that I wish that the name “Ecstatic Dance” hadn’t caught on to become the sensation that it is today. Why? I find the name misleading. For many the word “Ecstatic” means something akin to feeling or expressing overwhelming happiness or joyful excitement or that it involves an experience of mystic self-transcendence. I found a definition of the word ecstatic which explains it as “a state of being overpowered by emotion, as by joy, grief, or passion” This is getting closer as it allows less comfortable emotions into the equation. However the truth is that there are times we come to dance full of grief yet unable to access it, we come numb. Sometimes we show up at dance when we don’t want to, when we are not feeling inspired. Perhaps there are times we do feel overwhelming happiness when we arrive and something happens, we bump into an ex lover or get injured,  the resulting feeling is far from transcendent. Does this mean we are doing it wrong? I would argue that this is actually doing it right! Conscious dance is a place where we can ride a full spectrum of emotion. A place where all of us is welcome, whether it be in a state of wild abandon, numbness or somewhere in between. I have often heard teachers of Open Floor murmur the words “come as you are” during warm up sessions. This simple statement explains it perfectly. Conscious dance is a place you may come just as you are.

 

A note in defence of Ecstatic Dance. Most of the ED events I have attended (which is quite a few given I am an Ecstatic DJ) are absolutely conscious dances. A place  where the full spectrum of emotion is welcome and held by the facilitator, the DJ and the community as a whole. I encourage all to stop being pedantic in this regard. I have too often heard Ecstatic Dance dismissed in conscious dance circles based solely on the name, or worse on rumours. I encourage us to let go of territorialism and ego around what is or isn’t conscious dance and instead just build and attend the best friggin’ dances we possibly can.

Bernice Rabbis founder of Dance The Medicine. www.Dancethemedicine.com

 

A Willingness to Engage Curiosity

Curiosity is crucial to learning, not only does it prepare the brain to learn but it makes subsequent learning more rewarding.

Research found that once a person’s curiosity has been piqued that they became better at learning and remembering. Even when the information is totally unrelated to the topic that piqued their interest in the first place. What does this have to do with dancing? Basically if you engage your curiosity during the dance you become a superhero! Just by engaging curiosity you become primed to get better at all the other things you are engaging in; your dance moves, your ability to sense others in the room, your ability to predict the phrasing of the music, and so on. No matter what you are doing it becomes easier to learn and you become more adept at it so long as you are curious about something… anything. How amazing is that?

Dr. Matthias Gruber, an expert on the intersection between motivation and memory, explains that “curiosity puts the brain in a state that allows it to learn and retain any kind of information, like a vortex that sucks in what you are motivated to learn, and also everything around it.” There is not only increased activity in the region of the brain involved in the creation of memories, but also in the brain circuitry related to reward and pleasure.

You might be wondering what to get curious about on the dance floor. The answers are literally limitless. It is one of the main responsibilities of the facilitator or ceremony leader, to deliver potential points of curiosity. In a class I recently taught with the theme of partnering in the times of social distancing, I had them get curious about their partnership with the floor. Noticing its temperature, where it made contact with their body, if it felt similar or different to other other points of contact. This was a starting point for the chain reaction of curiosity, an inquiry into the dance experience. One student told me later that she had an epiphany about how she acts in the partnership she has with her daughter. We began with the metaphor of “partnership” to deal with a real life obstacle, social distancing. We spent the class dancing in a curious way and BOOM the next thing you know relationships are being healed.

So what if you miss the opening facilitation, or there wasn’t any to begin with, what do you use to trigger your curiosity? Some examples:

  • Curiosity about your own body
    • I usually turn on the same foot in the same direction, what if I try the other foot, what do I notice?
  • Curiosity about the space between dancers
    • I like to dance in front of the speakers a lot, I notice others do too and sometimes I feel territorial as if it is my spot. What is that about?
  • Curiosity about other dancers
    • That way of bending at the knees to this beat is fascinating. I’m going to try it on, make that move my own.
  • Curiosity about group field
    • I see lots of eyes looking furtive. I notice it makes me anxious. What changes in the field if I too begin to use my eyes furtively as well?

Curiosity, in this context, can sometimes be confused with the active intelligence which happens primarily in the thinking mind. I want to be very clear that the description above is of a type of curiosity which happens as an interplay between mind, body, spirit. A sort of curiosity where an answer or explanation is not the desired end result. It is the journey with curiosity itself that makes it golden

Bernice Rabbis founder of Dance The Medicine. www.Dancethemedicine.com

 

Towards health

Exercise is a fully legitimate reason to go to a conscious dance. To be physically health conscious is still conscious! While physical exercise has never been my personal motivator I adore the fact that my practice brings health on levels other than what I intended. There are some who may come to dance simply because it is the only place they can find refuge from a troubled home situation. Coming to the dance for 2 hours of respite is a choice towards health. I know many who use dance as a somatic based psycho-spiritual exploration in which they take what arises in the dance as a metaphor to unravel their own existence. They are using dance towards the betterment of their mental health. And of course there are many who come to dance just to be wordlessly in their body communing with whatever greater power they consider holy . Whatever the level, be it physical, spiritual, emotional or intellectual, conscious dance has the capacity to move us towards health.

Bernice Rabbis founder of Dance The Medicine. www.Dancethemedicine.com

 

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