The Fall Equinox is a day of perfect balance, with even hours of day and night. As external light recedes, we begin to turn within for that light which is truth beyond what we can see. Through the ages many cultures acknowledge this meaningful time with holidays and festivals honoring the ancestors, harvest celebrations and preparation for the approaching season with the memory of this perfect balance and awareness of the cycles of nature and our lives.
The Dances of Universal Peace is a practice that help us realize this balance with interactive movement and chanting of sacred phrases from world traditions, taught patiently before each Dance. You are invited listen and participate in the sound of the sacred phrase, to breathe together while we walk/dance in a circle. Often called moving meditation, musical tai chi or moving kirtan, live musicians will lovingly guide your steps. And weather permitting, we may even dance in the garden for a short time.
This ancient and natural tradition has been practiced among most cultures since the beginning of civilizations. There is very little to learn except to relax and enjoy singing and swaying with others. This is less about being good singer or accomplished dancer, and more about joining in the human custom of spiritual community celebration and ceremony. It offers brain health, emotional well being, deep meditation, social interaction and somatic body language awareness.
These Dances are practiced around the globe and under this name, have existed since the 1960s. (www.dancesofuniversalpeace.org) All combined, Dances of Universal Peace provides an opportunity for healing and creation of spiritual light for ourselves and our Universe.
Susan Slack has been leading the Dances of Universal Peace (DUP) since the 1970s and has offered workshops in several states and venues including Chautauqua and Omega Institutes. She is a Senior Mentor for the DUP and created a Drum Instruction recording, released internationally, to help new musicians accompany the dances.
Originally from Buffalo NY, she earned her BA in Performing Arts from SUNY Empire. Susan has studied with teachers from many faiths and traditions. She has released three albums of original music, published two books and is a proud mother and grandmother. Since moving to Sarasota 20 years ago, Susan has worked with children and teachers across the state integrating circle dancing and stories from around the world into curriculum. She was an adjunct at (formerly) SCTI teaching this material to Pre-K teachers. She happily leads dance circles locally in many venues including Venice Interfaith, Venice Peace Project, New College, Rising Tide, Unity Church and Unitarian Universalist Church. Susan says, “It will be a great honor to move together in rhythm with you, to hear your voices and share our silent hearts.”
Dances of Universal Peace
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