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Beautiful Dance Quote for Inspiration

February 2, 2011

What an amazing quote about dance! Had to share.

Dancing weekend at the Studio Maui Tribal Spirit 2011

I praise the dance, for it frees people
from the heaviness of matter and binds the isolated to community.
I praise the dance, which demands everything:
health and a clear spirit and a buoyant soul.
Dance is a transformation of space, of time, of people,
who are in constant danger of becoming all brain, will, or feeling.
Dancing demands a whole person,
one who is firmly anchored in the center of his life,
who is not obsessed by lust for people and things
and the demon of isolation in his own ego.
Dancing demands a freed person,
one who vibrates with the equipoise of all his powers.
I praise the dance.
O man, learn to dance,
or else the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you.
~ Saint Augustine

The fact that it was apparently penned around 400 AD by St. Augustine, considered the founder of Western Christianity, makes it all the more incredible. I looked him up on Wikipedia: ” He was a Latin-speaking philosopher and theologian who lived in the Roman African Province ( part of Algeria) . His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity. He believed that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom, and he framed the concepts of original sin and just war.”

Wow…. so the same man who promoted the idea of “original sin” writes that people need to learn to dance otherwise the angels in heaven won’t know what to do with you?! Pretty crazy. I wonder what sort of dance he was exposed to in Algeria that touched him so soulfully, Sufis perhaps… “Original sin” and “just war” are philosophical concepts… truth? Well, it can be disputed. The truth of dance is not conceptual; it is a living , breathing expression of truth and presence. It is undeniable. Hallelujah!

 

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Conscious Dancer Magazine. Great resource for lovers of freestyle dance!

April 15, 2010

Yoga Journal step aside… there’s a new kid in town. Conscious Dancer magazine is now celebrating it’s third year of publication. It’s an amazing resource for anyone interested in exploring conscious dance forms… and there are many!

All great news. First, that a magazine exists to support this growing dance phenomenon. And that there is such a richness of offerings within the realm of “conscious dance” practices. The current  issue explores innovative paths that blend yoga and dance. It seems to be a current trend and there are many delicious variations on the theme. How fabulous! You can truly find a practice that sings to your heart and soul. The luxury of choice… truly we are so fortunate.

The existence of  this publication clearly indicates that ecstatic dance is no longer a fringe activity, something “hippies” do. That image is still persistant but thankfully changing through exposure like this magazine provides. There are weekly sessions and workshops world-wide, even in less obvious places like Serbia, South Africa and Kansas…. although Dorothy, we are no longer in Kansas when we step onto that floor….definitely Technicolor and on the yellow brick road into magic land. Off to see the wizard!

The online magazine has a great directory of dances world-wide. You can view back issues online and for a mere $18 a year, you can subscribe. Supporting this magazine helps the world dance community grow. I truly hold a vision of humanity dancing this planet back into balance, into connection and love. Getting the word out about the soul magic and healing that is happening on the dance floor is vital to that vision. Thank you to the courageous entrepreneurs at Conscious Dance Magazine for taking the risk to create this publication and see if there might be a readership out there. Absolutely! And growing daily. Amen!!!

www.consciousdancer.com