on Orcas Island
What is Dance Church
Dance in community to enliven your body, heart, mind and spirit! Dance Church is an ecstatic dance journey that invites movers of all ages and abilities to connect with themselves through movement, uplifting music and heart-centered community. Here is a great resource to learn more about ecstatic dance.
The dance is guided by a playlist that is curated to evoke a wave-like journey that starts slow and builds to a peak, then flows back down to stillness. The intention is to provide a diversity of soundscapes that allow the movers to tap into different ways of being. Here is a sample playlist.
While there is no religious affiliation and we welcome people of all spiritual affinities, we recognize that our bodies our sacred and this is a space for intentional connection to the divine (whatever that means to you), within and without.
Every session includes:
An opening circle to share names and intentions
An invitation to join a brief guided warm-up
About an hour of curated music to move however you feel called while honoring our guidelines below
A closing circle to integrate
Guidelines for Dance Church
This is a sacred space that respects these guidelines:
People of all ages and physical abilities are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a guardian.
Everyone is responsible for their own self care and we invite you to ask for what you need.
We are consent based; you are welcome to dance with others if there is mutual consent, and we respect those who wish to dance alone.
This is a drug/alcohol free space.
No social talking on the dance floor please; you can take it to the patio.
There is no wrong way to move and be in this space, as long as you are taking care of your needs and respecting others. All movement is welcome.
“Hayley sets a space where I feel safe to really unfold into my experience. She guides with grace, skill and sensitivity a journey that puts me back into contact with my body’s deep wisdom, And leaves me feeling clean and energized; empty and also full!"
Dance Healing Participant