Trance Dance was a Swedish pop group who had a number of hits in the late 1980s. The group were somewhat rock-influenced, with their music being driven by guitars and other instruments not fully characteristic of a late 1980s pop group. Despite their name, their music did not resemble trance at all.
We are all born knowing how to dance; this inherent movement is well documented as one of the oldest planetary yogas. Evolving since 1994, Yoga Trance Dance is a contemporary exploration of the spirit of dance within yoga.
/Kaggen gave us the song of this dance, and told us to dance to it, and people would die from it, and he would give us charms to raise them again. It is a circular dance of men and women, following each other, and it is danced all night." (Qing 1873)
For the San, the indigenous people of southern Africa, the activation of energy and contact with the spirit word is achieved through the communal trance dance. After many hours of dancing, singing and clapping, the most experienced dancers (shaman or healers) enter a trance.
The trance dance ritual and the spirit world are frequently depicted in San rock art. The trance dance is performed for various reasons including for social cohesion, to heal, or to bring rain. This re-drawing of the painted trance dance scene was made by members of the Rock Art Research Institute team at Wits University.
The spirit world is described as being both below ground and in the sky above. Only certain San ritual specialists can enter this alternative world. It is particularly during the trance dance that movement between the two worlds is facilitated.
The human-like figure with feathered wings in this panel from the Eastern Cape of South Africa, likely refers to the sensation of flying that people experience during trance or altered states of consciousness. The upside-down animal on the right is bleeding from the nose, likely symbolizing ritual or spiritual death of a healer in the spiritual realm.
The sounds of the dance are said to attract restless spirits-of-the-dead. According to San religious beliefs, upon death all people become spirits-of-the-dead. They sometimes return to the living world where they bring disease or steal souls. Healers then undertake the difficult journey to the spirit world in order to retrieve the stolen soul, or to find the power to heal the sick.
A series of anthropomorphic figures. These figures wearing karosses and carrying bows and arrows, appear to be human yet they all have no feet and have the head of buck. The figures are interpreted as mythological beings or healers entering the spirit world, through trance.
This large embroidered panel by South African artist Tamar Mason, depicts the trance dance in action. Figures clap, sing and dance around the fire to help aid the healers to make the ascent into the spiritual realm.
The dance itself is of central importance to the well-being of the participatory group or groups, with health understood not in terms of just the physical, or the spiritual, or the emotional, but rather as life itself, as a whole, traditional practitioners making no distinction between different categories of health. Here, on this world, the sick are largely the victims of the spirits of the dead, which visit with the express purpose of making the well ill, of causing accidents, of bringing misfortune, and, finally, if allowed, death, their end game being to carry us off into the sky, a misguided attempt to recreate in heaven the family-based unity of life on earth. Seen this way, the dance is a battle with the spirits of the dead.
We thought we had seen the most shocking events of the evening, when suddenly an ancestor of the village embodied one of the males in attendance. As Taruna explained to us after the ceremony, spirits of ancestors enter the bodies of villagers in a trance and sometimes communicate their presence. The sudden transformation of the young man we witnessed surprised us due to his violent nature, as he grabbed a woman, ripped the tie out of her hair and angrily shook her. The young man also began walking man with a limp and the villagers seemed to know who had shown up.
Water is ceremoniously splashed on those in a trance to revive them. The man washed his face, took a drink and went to sit down. He looked around getting his bearings, having no idea what had just happened. He would have to ask if he wanted to know.
Upon the completion of the ceremony Taruna told us of a time when a woman in a trance once drank an entire bottle of arak (Balinese whiskey) because the ancestor who had entered her had been an alcoholic. When she came out of the trance, she was not even a little drunk, the ancestor having taken the effects of the alcohol with him.
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Specifically a one-off gathering for late night consumption of prerecorded dance music, a musical definition of rave is more problematic. Descending from the acid house sound and ethos, the main fare tends to be fast techno and hardcore records, pitched between 125 and 140 bpm and often released on tiny independent labels with little background information.
A masterpiece of historical importance, this paper recounts Jay and Madeleine Haley's trip to Bali nearly 50 years after Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead first went there. The Haleys met several of the same individuals who greeted Bateson and Mead and made a film they entitled "Dance and Trance of Balinese Children." This is a fascinating document of a culture and society so different from our own and the technique of dance and trance used to regulate emotion and violence.
Shiva Rea teaches vinyasa flow yoga worldwide. She has studied many forms of yoga and dance in India, Africa, Nepal, Jamaica, and Bali. She is a well-known contributor to Yoga Journal and holds an MA in Dance from UCLA's World Arts and Cultures Program, where she also teaches.
There was probably three hundred people in that tent. Shiva connected us all around the center with moving mediation and launched us into the ecstatic movement experience. I danced so joyfully I felt like I was floating above the tent. After that day I knew that I wanted Shiva Rea to be my next teacher.
The next month, I began studying advanced yogic studies with Shiva Rea and the rest is history. This also led me to train with Shiva in the art of Yoga Trance Dance. I instantly knew that this was my calling. Every cell of my being loves this experience from the moving meditation to the prana vinyasa yoga and the free from dance into the peak of bliss! I truly consider Shiva to be a mystic teacher with ancient knowledge and I am blessed to continue to learn with her, work with her and call her my sister friend.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?Every dance is a learning experience. Sometimes I get to dance with 200 people like at Ecstatic Dance Los Angeles and sometimes it is a more intimate group of ten. What I have learned is that it only takes two people to have a dance. I show up and hold space no matter what. Some of my smaller classes have been the most transformative and memorable. I also LOVE the energy of working with big groups at festivals.
My main passion is teaching Yoga Trance Dance. I need a place to dance, and I love Yoga Trance Dance as a personal practice. My current offerings are at Ecstatic Dance Los Angeles, the Electric Lodge in Venice and at Yogalution Long Beach. I moved to the West Side recently and am looking forward to teaching more in Venice and Santa Monica.
We are entirely blessed to have amazing dance classes in LA every day. But, what about outside of LA? It is also a mission of mine to bring YTD to communities that do not have a conscious dance. I travel as much as I can to teach. This summer I am traveling to London for the third time to teach and this time to lead Yoga Trance Dance Teacher training. They are thirsty in London for Yoga Trance Dance.
I am blessed to be great friends with many of the great dance teachers in LA like Parashakti, Atasiea, Julian Walker Michelle Le May, and many many more. My bestie, Vandana Hart has an incredible dance show on Netflix called We Speak Dance- which connects dance and social justice across the globe. Go check it out now!!!! My dancer friends all have a common mission to dance, have fun and share the dance love.
A familiar scene ensues (I had seen the Legong Dance & Ramayana performance the night before) when the beautiful Princess Sita and her companions enter the courtyard. The story of the Ramayana unfolds but this time, the women dance around the fire and step carefully in and out of the inner circle of the gamelan orchestra. See Legong Dance & Ramayana for the story and performance. The Ramayana epic takes up half of the performance. 041b061a72