What is Medicine Dance?
Medicine Dance simultaneously quiets the cognitive portion of the brain and lights up the portion of the brain that elicits a sense of connection (to self, other(s) and all). It is a way to access who you really are: your essential self and supports the expression of the best, most powerful, most effective, most honest, most intuitive, most connected, most present, most alive, most confident parts of yourself.
We explore a process of: pausing, sensing into our bodies and allowing response, using present moment thought, feeling and sensation, invitational words and music; silence, stillness and sound; spontaneous ceremony, awareness of the ground and conscious breath. Medicine Dance is a physical meditative discipline. It is a body-based inquiry into what is, an examination of the space between spirit and sensuality, and a way of moving responsively to the stimulus of thought, feeling and sensation amplified, at times, by verbal suggestion and/or music – in a movement session or studio, as well as the world at large.
The practice allows repair, restores natural, sustainable vitality, softens self-judgement, and promotes a sense of whole self, well-being and knowing. It ignites creativity and keen awareness of possibility.
Medicine Dance is largely influenced by the basic common denominators found universally in the dances of indigenous peoples, Isadora Duncan, Baghwan Rashneesh (Osho)’s Dynamic Meditation, Parmahansa Yogananda’s Energization Exercises, Gabrielle Roth’s 5-Rhythms, Emily Conrad’s Continuum, Mariane Karou’s Dance Alive, and close observation of 2 and 3 year old children..
In a Medicine Dance class or workshop, we dance from the inside, out. There is a lot of attention on self, time with partners, and time with smaller and larger groups. Our partner work consists of more and less structured processes that include mindful touch, physical contact and witnessing. Never required. Concept is: each one of us has one most significant partner: our selves.