What's Dance Church, you ask? Well...it's fun, exciting, freeing, spiritual, uninhibited, carefree, a tribe, a community, a place for self improvement and introspection, a chance to dance and let yourself go. It's held at Flow Yoga every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 5:45 p.m. Jill and Michael Jeppesen started Dance Church SLC after having experienced it in other states like Washington and California. They are friends and clients of mine and asked me to photograph one of their Dance Church sessions so they could convey the joy and energy of Dance Church to others. I have attended Dance Church several times and it is a wonderful, fun, expressive event. Michael is the DJ and Jill coordinates and speaks at each meaning, providing the group of dancers a wonderful reading and intention before each dance session. She does this at the beginning and end of each Dance Church, with everyone sitting in a communal circle. It's lovely. I think these photos explain what Dance Church is better than I ever can. Click on the arrow below to start the slideshow.
Music: "Yeke Yeke" Hardfloor Remix by Mory Kante
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Check out the Dance Church SLC Blog for more info on times and locations.
From the Dance Church SLC blog:
Dance the way your body wants to, without choreography or judgment! Get out of your head and into your body, discovering the innate body wisdom you possess. Ecstatic Dance is an authentic, spontaneous, expressive, meditative movement practice inspired by various people, cultures and practices (Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms™ http://www.gabrielleroth.com, Osho’s moving meditations, Rumi, Vibrational Medicine, Shaking Medicine http://www.shakingmedicine.com, Vinn Marti’s Soul Motion™ http://www.soulmotion.com and, of course, many indigenous cultures).
Go beyond the limits of your habitual movement patterns and explore your unique inner dance. No experience needed, just a willingness to move and be moved! It's about putting your soul in motion and giving yourself permission to dance without holding back. If you love to dance, this is for you!
We dance barefoot (or with appropriate soft-soled shoes) at our own pace for a little more than an hour. There is no choreography or instruction, but a "focus" and other suggestions may be offered by the facilitator/DJ to help deepen your experience. You're free to dance by yourself, with another, or join a spontaneous group expression. The music gradually builds to a high energy level and then winds back down to a meditative, relaxing finish. Be prepared to sweat. We become a community or "tribe" that looks forward to dancing together each month. And we look forward to welcoming you into the group!