From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song, and story have brought people together – at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part of everyday life and life passages, and in daily renewal and meditation. The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition of Sacred Dance. They are a joyous, multicultural way to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others, using sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many traditions of the earth to promote peace and integration within individuals and groups. There are no performers or audience: new arrivals and old hands form the circle together. Join Christine Manz, certified dance leader and mentor with the Dances of Universal Peace, for this opportunity of interactive singing and body prayers.
The Dances of Universal Peace happen in a supportive, safe environment where we may be who we really are, and where we may share our dancing hearts with others. Almost all dances begin holding hands in the circle. Some dances involve partnering and “progressing,” partner-to-partner, throughout the dance. Some dances include more intimate gestures, such as hugging, or energetic movements, like raising hands high in the air and spinning! Usually, a brief period of silence follows each dance.
While the leader suggests movements for all dancers to move together in unison, there are no “rules” that must be followed; in all cases, dancers are encouraged to move and interact in ways that are comfortable for them. Similarly, while all are encouraged to participate throughout the meeting, one may “sit out” as needed for comfort.