What is Dance
Journey and its history?
Journey is a spiritual
practice with an unbroken history from our earliest ancestors
cultures today. Our original relationship to dancing was for the
purpose of admiration, respect, insight and healing.
those ancient times our ancestors
viewed nature and all of its elements as an expression of God. To
duplicate or ‘mimic' nature through movement and sounds was their first
and highest way to connect with the spirits of nature, and was the
origin of dance.
purpose in dancing was to
‘enter the consciousness' or ‘become the spirit' of the elements or
various animal and plant life. Through these dance rituals they
experienced how the spirits of nature would empower them with
abilities such as courage and strength, as well as reveal insights into
healing and their future.
was synonymous with what we
would call worship - a demonstration of reverence, admiration and
respect - and to dance
regularly promoted spiritual and physical health and vitality.
The same holds true today.
of these practices, rituals and
ceremonies took place at night around a fire with darkness surrounding
them. Our ancestors danced to organic rhythms provided by bows,
drums, sticks, rattles, shakers, flutes, and didgeridoos.
healings and guidance received
in the dance were trusted and put into practice - for their healing and
in their daily life.
is evidence that if we look far enough back into time, nearly every
culture had in its history some form of Dance Journey - of
dancing into a trance state or ecstatic dance. It is still being
practiced by the Sufi whirling dervishes, the Garifuno people of
Belize, the indigenous tribes and nations of North and South America
Aborigines of Australia among others.
update the elements of this spiritual practice to produce an experience
we feel is as powerful as ever. We work with four elements for
the dance journey: dancing with intention, trust, going into the
darkness, and breath.
join us for an experience that will move you. There are no steps
All you need is a willingness to explore and to experience who you
really are – spirit embodied.