Raleigh Ecstatic Dance is a judgement-free space where people of all races, ages, genders, and socio-economic classes are openly welcome to unite in the experience of an authentic moment. It is a physical and mental rehabilitation that strips down the interactions between the individual self, music, and others.
Ecstatic dance is a form of abandonment, meaning, there are no steps to follow. The rhythm of the music will become your only guidance and is intended to lead the individual freely enough to expose the purest form of ecstasy: life.
There is no wrong way to dance. All forms of activity are encouraged and often range from sitting peacefully against the wall to thrashing one’s limb’s around like a wild monkey.
This space promotes raw forms of expression without the use of alcohol, talking, nor shoes.
The dance is guided through a wave of music woven upon the theory of Five Rhythms: beginning with flow, moving to staccato, chaos, playfulness, and settling into stillness. The music sets last about 90 minutes with an opening and closing circle at the beginning and end of the dance.