Diving into the Dances

Dancing in a circle can be a spiritual practice, meeting and getting to know people before and after the Dances can be community. What to do to deepen your involvement with the Dances when you’re not at a gathering? Here are some ideas!

Helping Behind the Scenes
If you help organize an ongoing Dance circle or special events, you can find some helpful tips and templates on our Dance Organizer Toolkit page and a place to list your circle and/or events on the Find Dances pages.

Connecting with Community
If you want more contact with the Dance community, consider sitting in on the Regional Telecons that DUPNA sponsors on a variety of topics. Past Telecons are archived there for you to listen to and/or read notes from.

DancingPeace is a YahooGroup set up for the Dance community where you can post questions, comments, event invitations, and the like, that will be read by several hundred people around the world. You can find it at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dancingpeace/

You can also follow us on Facebook - search for us under “Dances of Universal Peace North America” and Twitter: @DUPNAorg.

Safely Sharing your Love
Lots of Dance enthusiasts like to post photos, videos, audio recordings, and Dance Write-ups. To protect you legally, you need to know that some Dances may have copyright limitations.

Some of the chants we use in the Dances employ traditional melodies, like original gospel songs from the 1800s or traditional Hindu bhajans; others are the creative inspiration of the Dance originator. These are not affected by copyright laws.

A few Dances use melodies or words by a composer who is not the Dance originator, for example lines from Coleman Barks’ translations of Rumi’s poetry or any Taize chants. If a Dance contains copyrighted material, neither we (DUPNA) nor you, a Dance lover, are legally able to “publish” those Dances without obtaining permission from the copyright holder. This includes on outlets like YouTube, a personal blog, or an audio file website. It’s so tempting to share these Dances with the world, but we also need to be respectful of copyrights, where they are applicable.

11 Keys to Dancing
Something to meditate on at home. You can find details of these 11 Keys

at http://wahiduddin.net/dance/keys.htm

1. LISTEN
2. FEEL
3. CONCENTRATE ON THE SACRED PHRASE
4. DON'T BE AFRAID TO STOP THE DANCE (for dance leaders)
5. SIMPLE RHYTHMIC MUSIC
6. MOVE TOGETHER
7. WATCH YOUR BREATH
8. ECSTASY
9. DEVOTION
10. AMIN (ah-meen)
11. SILENCE

 

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