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Dance of the Moons

Women's Dance Ceremonies Honoring The Natural Cycle Of The Moon 

A Guided Dance Experience with a Live DJ

We will come together as women celebrating the natural cycles of the moon and deepening into the rhythms that guide our lives. These are sacred spaces for creating ritual and building community.

 

Our journey begins with an opening circle, where we come together to set our intentions and guide us through a short warm-up activity. As we move into the dance practice, the space transforms into a sanctuary of movement and expression. With a live DJ set to create an immersive soundscape and guided prompts to inspire our movement, we are invited to embrace an improvisational, free-form dance. This dance is not about following steps but about tuning into our bodies, releasing inhibitions, and allowing our emotions to flow freely and intuitively.

We end with an integration circle, where we gather once more to reflect on our experiences, share insights, and anchor the energies we've explored

* All Levels Welcome (no prior experience in dance or movement required)

Special Event: Sunday, August 4th

Set in an beautiful private outdoor oasis with a pool, outdoor seating, fountains and a

private park in the hills between Corralitos and Mount Madonna.

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Each phase of the moon offers us a unique opportunity to connect deeply with ourselves and each other, from the new beginnings of the New Moon to the introspective energies of the Waning Moon, culminating in the vibrant release of the Full Moon.

About the
Dance Practice

Sacred Movements was developed by Danielle and is a ritual, tribe-building dance practice. It is a moving meditation for the purpose to connect as a group and an outlet for emotional expression. The core practice is an improvisational based free-form flow. It honors ancient community ceremonies, celebrates the joy of moving together and weaves a new modern tribe.

 

The practice is created from the wisdom of the 9 numerological typologies.

1

Breath

To become conscious of our state of being through the rhythm of breath. To sync up our breath as a tribe.

3

Flow

To move through space in continuous movement. To quiet the mind by being in flow state.

5

Shift

To pivot in the direction of movement. To shift our perspective.

7

Expand

To expand ourselves through expanding physically. To allow others to expand us.

2

Contact

To connect with others and the environment around us (architecture, nature, light, energy).

4

Pattern

To consciously choose to create a pattern. To become aware of how our patterns affect our environment.

6

Weave

To weave the people, relationships and moments in our lives together. To weave our own web and create our reality.

8

Alter

To confront and to change our being.

9

Empty

To empty our being of all form.

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Sacred Movements is influenced by the following

Viewpoints

Tribal Dance

A technique of composition that acts as a medium for thinking about and acting upon movement, gesture and creative space. Originally developed in the 1970s by master theater artist and educator Mary Overlie, the Viewpoints has been studied and practiced for decades in theatre and dance. The seed of the entire work is found in the simple act of standing in space. From this perspective the participant is invited to notice the lexicon of daily experience. The information of SPACE, the experience of TIME, the familiarity of SHAPES, the qualities and rules of kinetics in MOVEMENT, the ways of logics, that STORIES are formed and the states of being and emotional exchanges that constitute the process of COMMUNICATION between living creatures.

An ancient practice involving rhythmic drumming to connect a group of people through the “heartbeat” of the drum.

5Rhythms

Contact Improv

A movement meditation practice that draws from indigenous and world traditions using tenets of shamanistic, ecstatic, mystical and eastern philosophy. It also draws from Gestalt therapy, the human potential movement and transpersonal psychology. Fundamental to the practice is the idea that everything is energy, and moves in waves, patterns and rhythms. Roth describes the practice as a soul journey, and says that by moving the body, releasing the heart, and freeing the mind, one can connect to the essence of the soul, the source of inspiration in which an individual has unlimited possibility and potential.

Ecstatic Dance

A form of improvised dancing that involves the exploration of one's body in relationship to others. It uses the fundamentals of sharing weight, touch, and movement awareness. Drawing from aikido, a martial art form, contact Improvisation plays with the artistry of falling off balance, counterbalance, finding the shelves of the body, learning the mechanics of the body in order to handle someone else's weight or be lifted, breathing techniques, and can involve the art of getting to know your partner past the physical point through the physicality.

A practice in shamanism to alter consciousness.

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Meet Your Facilitator

Hi I'm Danielle! 

I graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in Theater. It was here I discovered a love for developing community through a movement practice called Viewpoints. There was a group of us that loved it so much, we would sneak into the theater at night and practice Viewpoints! It became a way for us to connect as friends, have a consistent ritual, and to have a physical, creative outlet. This is very much the vibe I bring to Sacred Movements.

Over the years, I found a deep connection to my own ancient island heritage (I am Filipina!) and indigenous traditions around the world. In my search for self-discovery, I found myself on the islands of Maui, Puerto Rico and Ibiza. These three places had a common and very meaningful thread: full moon bonfires with drumming circles. The atmosphere of being under the moonlight, on a beach and dancing to live drums around a fire was electric. It created a healing that I felt in my bones. 

The most recent part of my journey brought me back to my hometown of Los Angeles where I reconnected to the beauty and joy of dance. Dance as a professional practice with ballet and 5 Rhythms, dance as therapy through silent disco on beach sunsets, dance as sacred ceremony through Native American and Hawaiian Hula traditions.

And so, Dance of the Moons was born.

I dream of a day where we come together in a world, where dancing in nature, under the moonlight, laughing with a group of women is integrated into our daily life.

Keep howling at the moon!

Testimonials
"Danielle's monthly moon circles have been a deeply personal journey for me, offering a sacred space to connect with my feminine and sensual energy. These gatherings have helped me step out of my head and into my body, allowing me to experience a profound sense of presence and self-awareness. Danielle has a remarkable gift for bringing together a vibrant group of women, and being part of this community has been incredibly empowering and supportive. Whether we're gathered outdoors on the beach or in a beautiful indoor setting, the experience is always magical. The music she chooses adds an enchanting element to the evenings, making them truly special and freeing for the soul. "

Vanessa Racinet @vaza_racinet

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