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Ecstatic Dance Connection Lab

April 19, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


This is a space where solo dance, partner dance and group dance meet. The playground is what you might expect from an ecstatic dance, dance floor. A wave of music that ranges from slow and flowing to fast and chaotic and everywhere in between.

This will not only be a place to dance, but this will also be a lab. Meaning there will be skills and tools that we will be learning and experimenting with. We will alternate between exercises, and space to dance to put what you have learned into practice. We will pause to check in, ask questions, share our insights, and get personalized support around our learning edges. This is a space to come as we are and learn and grow together.

You may be coming from one of two directions entering this space:

  1. You have done ecstatic dance or 5 rhythms or some kind of mindful embodied dance practice. You feel comfortable dancing on your own and moving however your body wants to move. You’re interested in learning how to connect and engage with others on the dance floor, but don’t quite know how or where to start. Or you do know how and want a place where others are wanting to connect too, so you can practice your skills more.
  2. You have done partner dances and social dances, where there is a lead follow dynamic. You know how to follow a dance style and play your role but have a hard time finding the freedom of your own expression and moving without a structure telling you how to move. Dancing on your own feels harder than dancing with a partner.

Whichever direction you are coming from this space will be an opportunity to lean into some new territory.

Imagine a space where there are moments of everyone dancing on their own and finding the freedom in their personal expression, moments of connection are woven in an out, in the course of one song you might connect with and dance with multiple people, each one in creative and unique ways, at times it feels like the whole room is dancing together, we are all deeply rooted in ourselves and open to connect in ways that feel safe and consensual, you weave in and out of connection to yourself and connection with others.

This will be the laboratory to learn the skills to create that space.

We will be breaking down some of the basics of how to interact and engage in ecstatic dance, as well as explore options for how to find more connection on the dance floor.

We will be exploring different ways to connect, Contact improv, lead follow partner dance, engaging without touching, dancing with multiple people at once, weaving around each other etc ….

We will also be learning about attunement and consent. How to meet someone where they are at, how to make invitations, and how to respect someone who is not available.

We will explore our energetic defense patterns, how that shows up in our dance and also how it applies to our life and connection with others.


Space will be limited to 20 dancers so we can create an intimate setting and get personalized attention.

Come play with us!


April 19, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Danny Morris
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Living Water Community Center
1000 Westover Hills Blvd
Richmond, VA 23225 United States
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