EDE Description and Guidelines

Welcome to Sunday Dance! We appreciate you taking the time to read our description and guidelines to be in alignment with our community goals to create a safe and fun space for everyone to enjoy.

 

KICK OFF YOUR SHOES

Welcome home! Relax and unwind from the week. Dancing barefoot grounds us and helps us feel free to move and stretch our bodies in natural and authentic ways!

 

BREATHE

Take time to enter your dance mindfully. How does your body feel today? Breathe into your body and sense your contact the earth. Notice where you are in space. Feel the music and let it pull you into movement.

 

MOVE INTO THE DANCE

We love to dance like no-one is watching (and they’re likely not) to a wide variety of deliciously danceable music. There is no teacher here and no steps to learn. You are free to move and groove as your intuitive (or wise) body guides you. Feel free to explore improvisational creativity like never before with other like-minded movers. Be prepared to see people dancing alone, with a partner, in a group, in contact with one or more others, or witnessing in stillness to take it all in. The environment is non-verbal so your dance won’t be interrupted by chit chat. We enjoy a safe and sacred space to express our true selves and have fun. As with any Dance class – respect, mindfulness, and kindness rule here.

 

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC

EDE DJ curators play artistic, soul-stirring, fresh music of all genres and tempos. Our DJs take great care in creating unique musical journeys aligned with the abiding intent of Ecstatic Dance – transformation! The variety of sounds are designed to nourish our human need for physical, mental, energetic, emotional, and spiritual expression.

 

MOVE YOUR BODY

EDE is a mix of improvisational and multicultural forms of Dance and Non-Dance including: freeform, fusion, contact improvisation, meditation, yoga, blues, ballroom, ballet, butoh, bachata, belly dance, swing, salsa, chi gong, freestyle, merengue, jazz, contemporary, tai chi, zeibekiko, etc. Basically, any move that moves you in the moment is welcome.

 

BE YOURSELF

Feel Alive! Express your creativity! Find freedom in your body! Get a fun workout! Boost your joy, energy, and vitality! Be outrageously authentic, blissful, and feel good now!

 

EVENT FORMAT

~Class:10-10:30 am

~Warm Up: 10:30–10:55 am

~Opening Circle: 10:55–11:05 am

~Main Dance: 11:05-12:30 pm

~Closing Circle: 12:30-1 pm

 

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OUR CONSCIOUS DANCE

Each event welcomes all experience levels, newcomers, and is multicultural, multigender, intergenerational, and family friendly. We intend this Dance to be fun, welcoming, and liberating for all people, so there are guidelines we follow to keep it safe.

 

PLEASE USE THESE GUIDELINES as our IMPROV SCORE:

*Alcohol-free, drug-free, smoke-free, and substance-free – to practice healthy connection and natural highs.

*Nonverbal space – to increase inner focus and sensory awareness.

*Barefoot, sockfoot or soft soles – for balance, grounding, and exploration.

*Drop judgments and expectations of self and others – to enhance creativity and self-expression.

*Give permission to self and others to be authentic, sincere, playful, wild, and free.

 

 

There are experienced and new dancers at each event with different comfort levels. We encourage you to respect your own comfort levels and do your best to respect others.

 

 

***You may dance solo, in partnership, or in a group.

***Use body language, eye contact, or prayer hands to request or leave a dance.

***Develop new dance partnerships by approaching with care from the front.

***If you are NOT getting the “YES” body language for a dance, consider it a “NO” and move away without taking it personally – everyone is in their own process.

***You may leave a dance at any time without need to justify – follow your wise body’s promptings.

***Contact Improvisation is welcome – please know your limits and learn more at 10am class.

***By entering this dance, know that you may experience touch and are empowered to enjoy it, or, make your comfort levels and boundaries kindly known to any dancer – without need to justify.

 

#GIVELOVE!   #LIVELOVE!   #BELOVE!

 

***RADICAL SELF RESPONSIBILITY – take care of yourself and ask for assistance from a Facilitator or Front Desk if needed.

***EMPOWERED ACTION – you are empowered to set your boundaries in non-verbal ways or speak to any dancer (outside of the space) to clarify intentions and comfort level requests. Ask for assistance from a Facilitator or Front Desk if needed.

***NO PHOTOGRAPHY / NO VIDEO ZONE – encourages freedom of expression.

***NO PICK-UP ZONE – unlike a club, use this safe space to explore your own dance finesse and make new friends.

***SILENCE CELL PHONES to reduce distraction.

 

—As for any Dance Class, please come CLEAN AND SHOWERED.


—Essential oil scents are ok – refrain from all other type scents.


—If you sweat a lot – bring extra t-shirts or a change of clothes.


—PARENTS, keep a close eye on your kids at all times for safety and respect quiet times & READ Parent Guidelines at Front Desk!


—NEW? Please read Newcomer Guidelines at the Front Desk and attend the 10am Class often to learn more!


—Suggestions, Comments, or Questions Welcome at the Front Desk.

 

? LET’S FOCUS ON FUN AND ENJOY CREATING TOGETHER ?

 

 

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DETAILS

DAY / TIME: EVERY SUNDAY MORNING 10am-1pm

Doors open at 9:45am. You are welcome to arrive anytime, yet it’s best to be on time.

10-10:30am CLASS

Meet other dancers and learn HOW TO’S of Ecstatic Dance – On being a safe dancer that others want to dance with, freeform movement principles, contact with the environment, self, and others – includes some contact improvisation instruction. Learn or ask about safe touch, getting a non-verbal “yes”, and any other questions are welcome.

This is a 30 min. talking and learning space.

10:30am- 1pm DANCE

Warmup, Opening Circle, Dance, Closing Circle

LOCATION:

MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston)

3400 Main St. Houston Tx 77002

MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/rL3MsLbHn1q

PARKING:

Street, or Interfaith Ministry Parking lot 3300 Main (south of bldg ground level) drive in from Steuart Street between Fannin and Main, north of CVS.

MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/yDKnHTZ35KD2

$$ EXCHANGE:

DROP IN: Pay at the door

Adults: $20

Student ID’s or Seniors (60+): $15.00

Children: $5.00 (under 12 yrs with parents) 

5 DANCE PASS: Available at the door

Patrons: $100.00

Adults: $80.00 ($16.00 per dance discount)

Students and Seniors: $55.00 ($11.00 per dance discount)

Children: $20.00 ($4.00 per dance discount)

~ Angel Fund:

We now have a gifting service to help cover the cost of dance for those who may be temporarily in need of financial assistance.

If you have a little extra cash one day, please add it to the Angel Fund jar. For those using the Angel Fund, each Sunday it will be available first come first serve. Please bring what you can, and ask for Angel money to cover your dance exchange.

PAYMENT METHODS:

We accept cash, checks, credit cards, and PayPal.

Work-trades by request when available, contact the front desk for more information.

BUY A DANCE PASS or DONATE TO THE ANGEL FUND:

https://ecstaticdanceevolution.com/ede-price-restructure/

NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEO:

Please refrain from capturing images in our space. This allows us to express ourselves freely without worry of looking good. On occasion, we offer photo and video days and will make sure everyone is aware.

PARENTS:

Children are welcome! We do ask that you keep a close watch on them at all times for safety. This is an opportunity to teach them how to be free and fun while at the same time respectful and appropriate in the sacred space we are creating together. Please read parent guidelines at the Front Desk.

SAFETY:

We value and respect everyone who attends our events and do our very best to provide a safe space for your authentic expression and well-being. Please contact the Facilitators or Director if you have any concerns or questions.

CONNECT WITH US:

www.ecstaticdanceevolution.com

www.facebook.com/groups/DanceEvolutionUS

www.facebook.com/EDEHouston

www.instagram.com/ecstaticdance 

www.twitter.com/EcstaticDanceUS

www.mixcloud.com/ecstaticdanceevolution 

www.youtube.com/channel/UCYSiNi4Ju3abR51S1QHW7ag?

CREATE OR HOST AN EDE in Your Location:

+Facilitator Training

https://ecstaticdanceevolution.com/world-wide-ecstatic-evolution

CONTACT:

Founder, Director, CEO (Creative Evolutionary Organizer)

Sydney “Samadhi” Strahan 281.748.8080

We are glad you are here! See you on the Dance Floor!

Infinite Blessings ~

Samadhi & The EDE Facilitator + Angel Teams!

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