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‘Ecstatic Dance’ Birthday Celebration

Honouring women who are contributing to their communities

Join together in dance in celebration of Laura’s birthday! Using this occasion as an excuse, we will be raising money for six incredible female artists who, despite endless obstacles, continue to share their gifts with the world and work tirelessly to support the people and communities around them. Their artistry and prowess are a powerful source of courage and healing for those who are blessed enough to encounter them on this journey. Let’s salute these beautiful women who give of themselves for the healing of others. 

We will be gathering together through Julia Ray’s ecstatic dance platform, dancing it out to DJ Patsy’s tunes, starting and ending the night with the healing sounds and embodied meditation of Katie and Jaime. All profits from this event will be split between these women to support their art and allow them to continue creating and sharing the beauty that the world so desperately needs.

We will gather to celebrate, dance and connect with ourselves and each other. You can dance as you wish, big or small, lying on the floor or jumping in the air, with your video on or off. We will have a safe space that is inspiring and uplifting. It is also nonverbal, barefoot, and alcohol/drug-free to keep the experience intentional. This is a place where you should feel free to move and express whatever is alive in you & whatever comes up when you shake up your cells.

We are grateful for Josefina and her amazing art which we are using to promote the event!

 

WHAT IS ECSTATIC DANCE AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT AT THIS TIME?

“Ecstatic Dance” is freestyle, transcendental, sacred dance.  It is the practice of movement meditation where you are allowed to move however you wish and honour your body. For hundreds of years, “ecstatic dance,” which produces an altered state of mind, has been a popular spiritual movement.

Movement is for everyone and there is no experience necessary! It’s for all ages, genders, cultures and sizes and we dance in bare feet and in silence. We dance in an alcohol-free, recreational drug-free, safe and sacred space.You can join us from the privacy of your very own living room, kitchen, bedroom, porch, car, literally anywhere there’s wifi. We recommend you dance barefoot, in comfortable clothes to move in and have water to drink. Make sure your space is safe around you and let the music take you on a journey!

Dance and creative expression are so important at this time because now more than ever we need ways in which we can connect with our bodies, move our energy, and release what we are storing within us. Ecstatic dance allows us to experience embodied meditation, where our mind takes a break and we allow ourselves to express in the most playful, cathartic, joyful, grounding and embodying ways! If music, dance, community, magic and ecstasy are a few of your favourite things… join us!. 

TICKETS: Pay what you can. Suggested donations $5-25. If you are in a tight place with finances no worries, we got you! We’d love you to come celebrate with us! Contact Laura at 416-829-1255 or soulsintention@gmail.com

 

WOMEN WE ARE CELEBRATING: 

Julia Ray – Founder Dream Yoga Dance and Ecstatic Dance Toronto

Julia is a community leader, dream guide, yoga teacher and changemaker who regularly holds private sessions, classes and workshops. She has been teaching yoga for 17 years and offers a deeply nourishing Restorative Yoga Freedom class designed to liberate your body from held tension and gently guide you back into deep connection.

Within her own deep immersion into the world of dreams over the course of 22 years, Julia healed chronic asthma, allergies, trauma, addiction and later unearthed her sacred purpose and the many layers of knowing around who she is and why she’s here.

Julia combines the wisdom of the moving body to decode the vital messages of our dreams in a process she created called Dream Dancer. Dream Dancer is for those who are longing for continuous inner guidance they can trust and a way to rise and expand in a crisis with a clear sense of direction. Visit www.juliaray.ca.

Amidst the pandemic Julia continues to provide space for people to dance, move and heal through her weekly Monday/Thursday ONLINE Ecstatic Dance gatherings. Check her out at www.facebook.com/EcstaticDanceToronto/ & Ecstatic Dance Toronto

 

Patsy Kambitsch – Artist and DJ

Whether mixing tunes, telling stories, or splashing paint, Patsy Kambitsch creates space for soulful play wherever she goes–including for physically distanced, online communities. As a visual storyteller, Patsy creates visual maps of important conversations for creating positive change for organizations and teams and community. Patsy generously offers her DJ skills to many dancers on the virtual dancefloor. Check out her work: @playthinklive @upcycledarchetypes and www.playthink.com.

 

Jaime Verk (JLove) & Katie Hamilton – Founders “Body Love Mission”

Katie is a health and transformation coach, holistic nutritionist and sound healing facilitator. Jaime is an artist, coach, intuitive energy healer and sound medicine womxn. Together they founded Body Love Mission, a movement to unite women in sisterhood and community, dissolving the old toxic themes around beauty, worthiness, self criticism and competition. And to empower women with the self-care tools of holistic nutrition, mind & body practices and self-love rituals that are at the foundation of living a healthy and vibrant life. 

During the pandemic they offer a live daily movement practice (yoga, pilates, strength training) and are keeping our minds and body healthy. They will be running a 6-WEEK LIVE ONLINE COACHING PROGRAM FOR WOMEN on May 21st. For more info: https://www.bodylovemission.com/ and join their Facebook group @bodylovemission for valuable support and information. 

Josefina Hernandez – Visual Artist

Josefina is an artist and illustrator based in NYC. In her work, she seeks to convey both the spiritual and material realities of human existence juxtaposing architectural elements with the natural world. During the pandemic she continues to offer her incredible talents by creating work that is beautifying our daily lives and building community. Check out her work: @JosefinaHernandezArt, @porlasventanas and www.josefinahernandez.com

 

Esther Maloney – Community-engaged Artist

Esther has worked in theatre and film as an actor, director, writer and producer in both professional and community contexts. She has led a number of grassroots film and theatre initiatives in Toronto neighbourhoods for over a decade and recently published a children’s book about grief, The Lovebird’s Freedom. During the pandemic she continues to tend to the community by creating online spaces for both youth and their families to connect and engage in meaningful conversations. Find her on Instagram @esthermaloney

 

Laura Friedmann – Filmmaker/Producer

Laura is an independent filmmaker, photographer, producer and digital content producer in the business of creating meaningful and impactful work that highlights stories of healing and transformation. She’s an advocate for women & for the cause for gender equality. Find her on Instagram and Facebook @laura.friedmann

 

*Special thanks to Emily Dragoman – Founder “Little Empire Designs” who is an incredible supporter and helped so much in making this happen <3

 

STRUCTURE – MAY 9TH 

 

7:30-7:45 – Arrive. Stretch. Breathe. Gathering of the Tribe

7:45-7:55 –  Opening Circle, welcome (Julia and Laura)

7:55-8:05 – Intention Setting & Embodied Meditation (Jaime and Katie)

8:05-9:05 – 1HR Live-Streamed DJ’ed Ecstatic Dance Journey (Patsy)

9:05-9:15 – Closing Circle with Sounding (Jaime and Katie)

9:15-9:30 – Socialize with Community