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Ecstatic Dance

Ecstatic Dance is a type of sacred and conscious dance that has been practiced throughout history, from antiquity to the present day. Examples are the Ménades, or the nymphs followers of the Greek god Dionysus, in Hinduism, the Sufi movement in Arab countries, the Candomblé in Brazil, the tradition of Shamanism, and many other traditions. Basically, dance and percussive rhythms, among others, are used to bring the consciousness to states of ecstasy.
We can say that the Ecstatic Dance, nowadays, was taken up by Gabrielle Roth in the 70’s of the 20th century and started in her well-known practice of the five 5Rhythms. Meanwhile, this movement was spread all over the western world, existing countless variants of it.

Ecstatic Dance is an opportunity to abandon oneself freely to the rhythm of music, accessing an internal space that resembles a feeling of ecstasy. It is a free, unstructured dance space where participants come together to dance without the need to follow the instructions of a leader. Above all, it is a space of freedom without judgment, analysis, and critical spirit. There are only a few criteria that are followed, such as no cell phones, no use of any psychotropic substance or even alcohol, and it is also a wordless space, where verbal communication does not exist, only the possible interaction of the participants.

The Ecstatic Dance is an inner and outer journey, identical to a meditation in movement creating a direct connection between body, mind and spirit.

In this way, it is possible to discover, release, and enhance the inner and individual potential, contributing to a fuller and more meaningful life.