I hope this note finds you enjoying your August, and thriving as the Amazings that you are.
With great pleasure, I officially mark the close of Chapter One of EDance in NYC.
Thank you, each and all, for enrolling in this movement, for sharing your movement, and for the many and much ways you have supported me and each other, as we explored this delightful flavor of un-facilitated, alcohol-free, ecstatic dance.
It has been my honor to live this experience with you – a true journey, and a new-era creation myth made real. “No cameras” makes a proper montage impossible, so I’ll have a go, using words:
We’ve gathered 22 times, with as few as five and as many as 250 dancers.
Thanks to Sandhi Ferreira, we started at Jivamukti. Thanks to Adam Rinder, we moved to Om Factory. Then, we Summered at St. Mark’s Church in The Bowery, and we spent our Fall dancing in Brooklyn, at ROULETTE. After a Winter Break, we warmed our home, Union Square Ballroom, for more monthlies, and gathered for a series of weekly dances at Reflections.
We’ve danced with $mall ¢hange, Srikalogy, True Nature, Sharu, Joro-Boro, 2Melo,Thornato, Atropolis, ALIA, Chela, Mike Polarny, Esseks, Technicolor Lenses, Natasha Blank, Nouveau Classical Project, Emily Danger, The Knells, Bobby Jealousy and me,[Clever Alias]. East Coast! West Coast! Bands! Poland!
Big Dan Baker, Light Show Maker. His work is next level, his legend is legendary.
Jeanine T. Abraham, Jesse Johnson, Doug Drummond, Rebecca Bone and I facilitated our warmups, while Marcie Made of Light and AJ Block healed us with sound. During Chela’s sets, we were not-so-secretly galactivated by our healer friend Pedro Akiak.
Beyond Kombucha, Runa Tea and Yes OR no Raw Chocolate have nourished our bodies with punch and pie.
Phoenix, Molly, Julia, Bailey, Sam and friends ran the door like A Boss. Phoenix was definitely THE Boss.
The newly-dubbed Liminal crew stepped up our decor game forever, during our ROULETTE era. Winkel and Balktick helped enabled my addiction to speakers, with sound support in our early days. We even collaborated with Silent Storm, and gathered for an impromptu Silent Disco outside of St. Mark’s Church.
As a community of dancers and an organization, Ecstatic Dance NYC has also collaborated with One Billion Rising, Global Water Dances and Beatific Beat. And, of course, EDance and I show love – on and off the dance floor – to our friends in the dance community: Get Your Dance On; Urban Waves 5Rhythms; Flavorpill’s Lunch Break; Reconstrvct; 4th Temple; and Growing Heart Farm.
Thank you, to each of my collaborators. To my friends and my family: I love you, and I am grateful. Thank you for your unyielding support and generosity. And thank you, Ecstatic Volunteers. Ecstatic Old Lady Cart: All Day, E’ry Day. :-)
Ahem. Like I said: super dope first chapter.