Dances of Universal Peace is sacred chanting body prayer. Those four simple words can barely contain the vast continuum of transformational expression between sublime compassion and abounding joy. Simply put, the Dances are something to be tried and experienced to see what they may offer you.
In late 1960's San Francisco, Samuel L. Lewis was inspired to chant sacred phrases with simple circle folk dance movements. This would develop into the Dances of Universal Peace, a participatory art form and spiritual practice honoring all sacred religious traditions. Thousands internationally join in the song and dance today.
Won't you join us?
All you need to bring is an open heart.
Conie was certified as a Dance Leader in the summer of 2016 by her mentor Radha Tereska Buko, one of the founding members of the international organization and instructor of a two-year cohort in Des Moines, IA.
Conie hosts the 3rd Saturday St. Paul Dance Circle at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1895 Laurel Ave, St. Paul. You will also find her dancing and leading at the 1st Sunday Dance Circle with Saleem Adam Wolter in Northeast Mpls and the 4th Sunday Dance Circle in South Mpls hosted by John Hakim Bushnell at the Light Upon Light Sufi Center.
Here's a few ways to find when and where dance events are held:
- Visit www.peacedancemn.com
- On Facebook - Look for the "Upper Mississippi River Basin" group
- On Meetup.com - Look for the "Minnesota Dances of Universal Peace"
- Or if you prefer email, sign up for the PeaceDanceMN email list.
- If you're not in Minnesota, you can find the Dances Of Universal Peace all over the US and the world at the North America and International websites for DUP.
Eternal gratitude is bestowed on Francis Gurtz & Colette Miller for their invitation at a singing circle in late 2007 (or was it 2008?), as well as on these leaders who are sharing dances with others (and I have had the privilege to dance with!): Zahir Roman Orest, Dan Hakim Gallagher, Saadi Neil Douglas Klotz, Tasnim Hermila Fernandez, and the Madison Sufis.
I'm looking forward to dancing and singing with you soon!