Guide to Dancing
   Live music, devotional song & movement, no experience necessary!

The Dances of Universal Peace are a joyous, multi-cultural way to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others. The Dances use sacred phrases, chants, music, and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the world to promote peace and create an integrated experience of body, mind, and spirit. There are no performers or audience: new arrivals and old hands form the dance circle together. All are welcome. Dances are easy to learn and are taught to the whole group each time.

  • The Focus of the Dances is open-heartedness, sincerity, meditation and prayer...more than about doing things exactly "right." To help you more fully enjoy your time at the Dances, the following list of customs and suggestions should help you flow easily with the dance community experience.
  • Attunement - Usually the Dance meeting begins with a guided walking meditation. This may serve as a transition from the bustle of the day, to being present within one’s own body.
  • All dances are taught - words, melody, movements, meaning. It’s ok to ask questions, and…if you don’t get all the words, it’s OK to hum or mumble the words.
  • Take care of your body- Only do the motions that feel comfortable; adapt any that aren’t. For instance, dancers can stand still instead of turning, or hold waists instead of shoulders. Please do keep moving in the line of direction, to support the Circle as a whole.
  • Holding hands in the Circle - Usually hands are linked with thumbs to the left (left palm up, right palm down...again, adapt this hold, if needed for your physical comfort). This aids in synchronicity of movement, allowing the circle to move as a whole. It also allows the flow of energy from the heart to hand to heart around the circle of dancers.
  • We share a moment of silence - at the end of each dance. This is useful to become aware of the effect of the Dance on one’s internal state.
  • On the Breath - Sometimes the dance leader will call out “On the Breath.” During this time we are not singing, but rather breathing the sacred phrase. This open space allows us to go deeper into the prayer, and deeper into ourselves. If you wish to hum, please do so quietly so that others may continue to bathe in the silence.
  • Partner Dances - People come and go occasionally during a dance. However, you can only join a partner dance (which has already started) by bringing a partner in with you. Similarly, if you want to drop out of a partner dance, you need to take your partner with you or things can get confusing! If, during a partner Dance, you find yourself without a partner, step toward the center of the circle and you will likely find a partner there.
  • A $5-10 donation (to cover rent and incidental expenses) is requested, but your presence is valued whether or not you contribute economically.
  • Side Conversations - During Dances and instruction periods, please refrain from side conversations. Hopefully our social break times and the period following closure of the meeting will allow the interpersonal connections to take root. Sign up sheets for the community email list are also available (next to the donation jar) to help support this.
  • 10pm - We do need to clear the building by 10pm sharp, so the caretaker (who lives in the building) can lock up and get some sleep! Please take your conversations outside well before 10pm.
  • Personal boundaries vary - If gazing directly into others’ eyes is uncomfortable, consider focusing on a point mid-forehead (third eye). Hugging is a widely enjoyed form of greeting in the circle, but it, too, is a personal choice. Again… adjust contact (during and after the Dance) to support your own boundaries and please do your best to respect others’ spatial needs.

  • We welcome your written comments or suggestions which may be left in the donation jar or the guest book provided
There are Dances in Seattle every Wednesday, 7:30-9:30pm, at the Keystone Church (5019 Keystone Place North)
and monthly on the Eastside, Whidbey Island, Mt Vernon and Bellingham

NOTE: Some of our Dancers are highly sensitive to fragrances (soaps, natural essences,
perfumes, colognes, hair spray). Please do not wear these to Dance events if possible

 
The Invocation Of Pir Hazrat Inayat Khan
   Toward the one
   The perfection of love, harmony and beauty
   The only being
   United with all the illuminated souls
   Who form the embodiment of the master
   The spirit of guidance


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NOTE: Some of our Dancers are highly sensitive to fragrances (soaps, natural essences,
perfumes, colognes, hair spray). Please do not wear these to Dance events if possible