Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the flimsiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. (William James, 1902)
Your body is the ground metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence. So many of us are not in our bodies, really at home and vibrantly present there. Nor are we in touch with the basic rhythms that constitute our bodily life. We live outside ourselves - in our heads, our memories, our longings - absentee landlords of our own estate. My way back into life was ecstatic dance. I reentered my body by learning to move myself, to dance my own dance from the inside out, not the outside in. (Gabrielle Roth)
Luckily, more and more people discover Conscious Dance. Conscious Dance is a contemporary expression of a shared ancient heritage. This revival comes at a time when the earth is in great need for practices that connect us to living fabric that we are all part of. My hope is that the work I do together with many colleagues can contribute to this.
What is Conscious Dance?
No definition can fully frame Conscious Dance. No formula, trick, or sequence will get us there with guarantee. We can move with mindfulness, dance with presence, and still something might elude us. We may find we are moving, but we are not being moved. The Dance - and I mean the Dionysian kind that lifts you of your feet and shakes you to the core - cannot be tamed. Experienced Conscious Dancers therefore learn to cultivate a beginner's mind.
In the practice of Conscious Dance, for example, we learn to attend to the shy, reluctant parts of ourselves and welcome them to the dance however awkward that may feel. Sometimes this opens the door out of our ordinary consciousness. We might give space to our resistance, move that for a while, when suddenly 'it' is there. We notice an effortless flow in our body and find that we easily sync with our surroundings. The more we get out of 'its' way, the more we disappear in the dance.
Conscious Dance refers to the practice of losing one self in the dance. We practice embodiment and presence, moving with attention and intention. We learn how we can do that alone, with a partner, and with the whole room. We also learn how to journey in dance; how to build our energy, and how to surrender. Conscious Dance also refers to the moment that we are being moved. We learn to find the eye of the storm when we enter ecstasy or trance; and how to find our feet, and enter the dance deeper and deeper. Conscious Dance, finally, also concerns the journey back to daily life where we can become dancers of life by creating spirited communities and by finding the cracks in our consensus reality through which the dance can move.
Conscious Dance is not a single practice or school but stands for a family of movement practices all working with dance and consciousness. Under the programs and calendar you can read more about my work with Conscious Dance.