Embody Freedom Dance is a free-form dance practice to ENLIGHTEN, EMPOWER and EXPAND our moment to moment experience of being alive. Each dancer moves in their own unique and authentic way while a space-holder (“dance instigator”) lightly guides the collective experience via intention, occasional verbal invitations and a few loose structures to offer targeted exploration. Music ranges from meditative to intense, playful to soulful, raw to sublime– all rhythms, eras and genres are fair game.
Absolutely no dance experience required. All are welcome though this is an adult focussed event. (If you identify as a parent or guardian, see the NOTE ON KIDS. If you identify as a guy, there is a NOTE FOR YOU below as well.)
Rebecca Foster presently serves as “dance instigator” for all Embody Freedom Dances.
Sunday, December 23, 2018 10am-11:45am with Special Guest DJ & Percussionist “Nataraj” from Ithaca, NY.
By donation. 12 Sefton Dr., Cranston RI (Note: this is a private residence. Please be attentive and respectful of neighbors & driveways.)
Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Embody Freedom Dance e-list. Communication averages once or twice a month. Email addresses are never shared.
Bring water and dress in layers. ***BAREFEET OR NON-STREET SHOES ONLY.*** Embody Freedom is always an alcohol-free, drug-free, gadget-free dance.
Typical EFD Schedule:
- Doors open (music begins; please use this time to arrive, move, stretch, breathe, meditate and/or dance so that we can open our circle together already landed in our bodies)
- Opening circle (review guidelines & boundaries, connect as a group, set our intention)
- Dance! (move as you wish, taking exquisite care of your heart / mind / body. Feel free to dance or crawl or fly or sit/lay still. Feel free to explore, ignore, adapt or deepen any invitations from the dance instigator as well as from fellow dancers. Please note that this is a participatory event, meaning if you are in the room (even if curled up in a ball by the door), you are part of the experience & an essential part of the whole.)
- Closing circle (connect as a group, share appreciation, prepare for transition back to our everyday lives with an expanded view, renewed aliveness and deeper confidence in our own unique / collective journey)
“It doesn’t matter whether this is your first dance or your worst dance, your presence is necessary.” –Michael Molin Skelton
*NOTE ON KIDS: If you have kids, give yourself a juicy break by getting a babysitter and then bring your kids to a local family dance. That said, ALL dancing humans are welcome so If you do have a kid who actively wants to come dance with you/us, that’s lovely. You know your kids best– what they can handle, what’s appropriate for them, what might be distracting for other dancers, etc. As always, the dance and music varies a lot and can be intense and/or provocative and/or prayerful at times so please come knowing that you may need to support, process and/or navigate what’s happening in the room for your child (and take space out of the room if and when needed). Feel free to contact Rebecca at email@example.com ahead of time if you have any additional questions.
**NOTE TO ALL GUYS: Please know that your presence is not only wanted, but essential. When the dance floor is our teacher, it is SO helpful for us to engage with the full spectrum of masculine as well as feminine (and non-binary) expressions. While we can each dance this spectrum within ourselves, it is a gift and a privilege (even if at times a challenging one) to dance in a community that reflects how we show up and connect with others out in the world. When we allow for the dance of our own vulnerability, awkwardness, grace and authentic power to emerge, the dance floor gets really juicy, sometimes a little messy yet blessedly alive with creative and transformative potential.