Through dance, we believe everyone can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. By engaging our senses and listening to our bodies, we connect to others and shape a consciousness that extends beyond our own.
Join us to pray and play through the simple act of dancing.
No reservations required. All are welcome, including People of Color, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Same-Gender Loving People.
The dance floor is a non-verbal space
We join together to create a safe and sacred space for movement. Eliminating talking on the dance floor allows us to move out of our heads and into our bodies, hearts, and souls. We leave behind the words and worries of the day and connect with spirit and one another in new ways.
The dance floor is a place of respect and safety
Ecstatic Dance has been created as a safe container, whether we’re dancing alone or with others. Ecstatic Dance is contact-friendly, but keep in mind that we all have different levels of comfort when it comes to being approached and touched. Please be mindful and make sure the way you approach other dancers is resonant with them. If somebody offers you a shared dance and you are not interested, simply give them a bow with hands at your heart to say, “no thank you”.
Please keep the dance floor free from:
Talking, street shoes, photos, videos, and scents.
Dance as meditation is as ancient as man himself, and free-form sacred dance is present in many cultures and religions.
Ecstatic Dance Oakland began on Sunday, May 24, 2008 at Historic Sweet’s Ballroom in Oakland, California. It was inspired by Max Fathom’s creation of Ecstatic Dance on the Big Island of Hawaii. Max is considered the grandfather of the Western world’s Ecstatic Dance.
Ecstatic Dance is practiced barefoot to an electronic tapestry of soul-stirring world rhythms. The DJ's are experts specifically chosen for their ability to craft a movement journey designed to help you move, as well as bring you the newest and most exciting music in the electronic and world music scene. The music creates an uplifting and connecting energy field.
“The atmosphere is exuberant... the DJ gradually builds the energy to create a church-like atmosphere.”
“This silent, interactive dance party invigorates communities... a magical mystery land of music & movement.”
“A beautiful historic ballroom... filled with hundreds sweaty bodies dancing to a pounding beat.”
“It used to be dance lovers less than enthusiastic about late nights were out of luck. But a new alternative has emerged.”
“In essence, we become more whole, happier human beings through the magic of the dance.”
"Ecstatic Dance" has built a major following. It's a creative cross between a yoga class, a rave & a church service.”
“Ecstatic Dancing is not about looking good, it’s about getting in touch with your higher power.”
“Ecstatic Dance... will keep you fit, give you a natural high, and could even change your world view.”