What is Contemplative Dance?
It is a simple yet
profound practice of moving meditation, also known as Authentic
Movement. It works
with the innate intelligence
of the body, psyche and imagination, and their drive for wholeness
We pay attention to the body and invite it to lead into movement
or stillness, suspending self-criticism and cultivating awareness.
We may move, or be moved, into deeper streams of consciousness.
As we practice, the artificial boundaries between body, psyche
and spirit begin to dissolve and we discover aspects of our selves
and our lives from fresh perspectives. As we practice with others,
we develop an appreciation for the diversity
of human experience.
What does it look like?
It looks like human beings sensing, listening,
being. There is no predictable style, no prescribed movement. It
can include anything from complete stillness to vigorous movement
through space. It is usually practiced with no musical accompaniment
and with eyes inwardly focused to encourage inner attention, self-direction
and a sense of privacy. Throughout there is a palpable sense of
discovery and revelation, of the weight or lightness of being,
of individual truths experienced
Who is it for?
Adults of any age can practice Contemplative Dance.
It requires no particular skill, training or facility in movement
or dance. Rather it
calls for curiosity, respect, honesty and some courage to face
It has applications in many fields, including health, education,
relations and the arts. Contemplative Dance welcomes people of all races, religions, classes, ethnicities, genders, abilities and sexual orientations.
As a Spiritual Practice
It feels centering like meditation; intimate like prayer; meaningful
and transformative like ritual. It heals the “split” between
mind and body, spirit and matter. It brings insight into some
of life’s core issues, and provides an
opportunity to express and celebrate them.
As an Artistic Resource
Artists use this work to discover original material.
It refines aesthetic perception and fosters greater precision,
subtlety, concentration and variety. It helps to free creative
blocks and renew creative desire.
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As a Psychological Narrataive
The personal history stored in the body becomes accessible for
examination and dialogue, facilitating a more expanded,
yet grounded, sense of self.
Can the workshops be used for professional development?
Yes, CEUs are available through the National Association of Social Workers and some counseling and psychotherapy associations. Please check with your professional association to see if NASW CEUs are applicable.
We are in the process of securing CEUs for professional development in other fields.