I made chai for Mojo, The Dance of Connection over the weekend. I have been chaistro for four different dances over the past month: Mojo, Dancing Freedom, Ecstatic Dance and Resonance Project. Here, in Melbourne Australia, we have a vibrant conscious dance scene which I love being part of. I hold that dance is one of the true forms of healing available on the planet. It has existed longer than language and takes us to states that words alone cannot.
Each dance is different: Mojo, to me, is the dance of healing where people get to be touched in a safe, loving manner during the forest and if they fulfil the request to dance with a different partner each track, they get to examine their relationship to connecting with others: How to contact Mojo. Dancing Freedom is more a personal shamanic transformational dance through the elements the earth is made from, you are a little bit different after each journey: How to contact Dancing Freedom. Ecstatic Dance each fortnight brings you diverse rhythms beats and melodies to attune your Body, Mind and Soul to: How to contact Ecstatic Dance. Resonance Project brings together an evening of 5Rhythms embodiment and sound medicine magic, a full sensory experience for you to journey deep and invite transformation of the highest frequency. It includes a guest musician as well: How to contact Resonance Project.
So there was dance before language, what have we said about it since we learned to speak, read and write, here are a few of my favourites:
1. The Hebrew Bible is not somewhere I would expect to find this quote praising dance.
2. Passion, turn to the left, hold on that’s: Fashion.
3. My Happy Place.
4. I just had to look up who Marilyn Ferguson was after reading this fantastic quote, A founding member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology, Ferguson published and edited the well-regarded science newsletter Brain/Mind Bulletin from 1975 to 1996. Her acquaintances included Bucky Fuller, Ram Dass and Al Gore: Let’s Dance
5. Considered one of the most innovative dancers of the last century, Isadora Duncan began teaching dance in her teens, unfortunately, she suffered one of the most bizarre causes of death when her scarf went around her cars axle.
6. Transcend the limitations of our self – what a beautiful description of ecstatic dance: Desert Dwellers at Burning Man.
7. All hail the teachers of dance that exist on the planet.
8. They have them, they are just made out of gossamer: Fly.
9. We dance for all the things!!!
10. And for me, it is always an honour: Waiting for Love.
11. How true is this in a dancers world, very in mine.
12. I feel so sorry for the deaf ones, they do not know what they are missing out on: My friend Suebee Fae.
13. In all its forms: folk, ballet, conscious, line, rock and roll, swing, etc. etc. etc.\
14. Even the cardiganed one has something to say about it: Dance Monkey.
15. Our final lesson on the dance comes from an extraordinary source: Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” MacLeod, better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed by firing squad in France.
So as you may have guessed dancing is one of my passions, I have fallen in love with my friends Marc and Angel Chernoff’s lists again: Here are some questions on passion to make you think.
1. What will you never give up on?
2. What activities make you lose track of time?
3. What’s something you would do for every day if you could?
4. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
5. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
6. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
7. What is something you would hate to go without for a day?
8. Would you rather have less work to do or more work you actually enjoy doing?
9. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
I have tried to include some more obscure tracks beside the classic tracks about dance in the playlist today. We begin with David Bowie twice, yes, one of them is that track. From The Desert Dwellers next is a sunrise set then we fly with Marshmello. Avicii lays down the next track and then my friend from Byron Shire, Suebee Fae features. We end with a track from Ireland by the Tones and I: Why Walk When You Can Dance!!!
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