Ecstatic Dance in London
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Ecstatic Dance in London
Have you ever spent an hour dancing like a wild child in your kitchen — arms flailing, legs jiving and head thumping? It feels great, right? Where dancing in public may induce performance anxiety, dancing on your own and doing those weird yet amazing-feeling moves is something everyone can do. Whether you’re celebrating some good news or literally shaking off some bad ones, putting your music on loud and just going for it — and we mean really going for it — is transformative. And that’s the exact principle that underpins ecstatic dance.
Ecstatic dance practitioners believe that dancing freely is an act of courage. Far more than a great form of exercise, ecstatic dance frees the mind and body and allows you to reconnect with yourself, others and the world around you. Whether you’re a pro-dancer or a wallflower who always steers clear of the dance floor, ecstatic dance is a form of holistic therapy that empowers everyone to express themselves, let go and get their blood and creativity pumping.
Give yourself over to the rhythm and book yourself in for an ecstatic dance ceremony near you today.
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What Are the Benefits of Ecstatic Dance?
Dance as a form of meditation and self-reflection has been used by man since the times of our earliest ancestors and forms the basis of a range of sacred rituals in several different cultures and religions around the world. Ecstatic dance draws on this ritualistic, enlightening and empowering heritage of dance.
A pure form of expression, creativity and self-exploration, it’s unsurprising that ecstatic dance offers a range of incredible benefits.
Like all forms of dance, it’s a form of movement exercise that gets the blood pumping and the endorphins flowing. Much like running or exercising in the gym, the endorphins released through ecstatic dance will leave you buzzing, brimming with energy and free from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Many regular practitioners also praise the community spirit that the ceremony structure of ecstatic dance sessions offers. Free of judgement and pretence, many people make incredible and deep connections with their fellow dancers. If you’re prone to feelings of loneliness or lack a clear sense of community and belonging in your life, why not give it a go?
What to Expect from an Ecstatic Dance Session
When it comes to an ecstatic dance session, expect the unexpected. At the core of an ecstatic dance ceremony is freedom, creativity and expression — there are no rules, no routines and no limits. Embracing inclusivity, openness and positivity, there’s no one age group, gender or physical ability it suits. It truly is a mixed bag.
Ecstatic dance ceremonies are usually held in studios, halls or anywhere there's enough space. After all, ceremonies can involve as many as 50 people — you need the space to let your hair down!
The rest is down to the ceremony you opt for. The music may be electronic, jungle or a mix of funky, groovy tunes. The dance moves are completely improvised and everyone is encouraged to move in whatever way feels good to them. It’s all about being open and going with the flow!
Get creative and let your hair down with an ecstatic dance ceremony near you today — you won’t regret it!