Guidelines for dancing at DYB
Take care of your own body. Pace yourself.
Don’t do stuff that hurts.
Stay connected to the music.
There is no right way to do this.
Dance as if no one is watching.
Keep moving. Even if it is tiny, even if you are lying down.
Keep your eyes open for safety.
Be aware of others in the space.
Connect with them as it naturally happens, then let it go.
Dance in bare feet or soft-soled shoes. Socks are slippery!
Give yourself permission to experiment.
Be ugly, be different, be wild or angry or childlike;
in other words, surprise yourself and others.
Be curious. Both in yourself and in others.
Witness, do not judge.
Try to accept different ways of moving and being in the space,
both your own and others.
Respect and celebrate each other regardless of age,
ability, style, or difference of any kind.
Emotions are welcome. Just keep moving.
Things will shift. Go for it.
Physical contact is okay, with respect, and without grabbing.
However, in ecstatic dance, we generally connect with our eyes,
our energy, our intention to see and be seen.
Copy cat is okay! In fact, it’s good!
It’s a way of honouring each others’ dance.
Don’t like the music?
Do your “I hate this music” dance. Try it!!!