Who We Are
“Dance Like No One is Watching.” -- a Zimbabwean proverb
We are a thirty-five year old community comprised of everyday people from all walks of life and several generations who come together three times a week to breathe, to feel, and to dance. On our dance floors, ordinary citizens are encouraged to bring their authentic bodies out into the open and simply move.
In our communal arena, there is no one right way to dance. Rather, there are as many ways to travel through space and time as there are people. There is no presiding ideology. There is only this moment, now, and the ever present choice to relate -- to others, to the self, to the studio, to the ground below one’s feet, to the life sustaining air around us, to the rhythmic vibrations, to the catatonic beat, and to the reverberating stillness.
As an observer, you are welcome to call it what you will – be that, the Foxtrot, Samba, Tango, cartwheel, contact, improvisation, or the dance of life -- but it isn’t about the form, the structure, or the idiom. It is about coming together and sustaining something bigger than the self. It is about nourishing community and repeatedly showing up -- to the encounter, to the conversation, to the dance. It is about our history and how we make it our present. It is about the here and now -- this one spiraling moment and how it flows into the next -- and, it is about our future.
It is about sustaining our humanity as we approach and enter an epoch that seeks to strip us from our own bodily being, from each other, from our senses, and from our sense of location and place. It is about staying human in a technocratic and information culture that encourages passivity and distraction, overworking and over thinking. “It is about tactility, and touch, of things vulnerable, fleshy, sexual, sensual, and earthy.” It is about shifting our perception and heightening our consciousness. It is about survival, and it is about hope.
A hope that we can achieve a harmonious balance -- even from within this calculative, informational construct that dominates around us and stresses that we are as we consume. It is a hope that we can access and listen to our own intuitive and emotional intelligences -- as to how these can guide us without a need to force our will upon some thing, or others. And, it is a hope that we can create the holistic and integrated world that we all dream of. It is a hope for our children, for their children, and for their children’s children, so that they may inherit a planet and a people not in peril, nor bound for catastrophe, but rather, majestically open to the magical realm of joy, imagination, reinvention, and mystery.
This is who we are, and we sincerely hope that you will join us.