Ecstatic Dance Chicago was inspired by the Sunday Morning and Wed Night Ecstatic Dances in Oakland, California,  with its lineage descending from Max Fathom, who started the first Ecstatic Dance at Kalani-Honua on the Big Island of Hawaii when he combined his dance practice of teachings from Gabrielle Roth with the electronic music that he fell in love with at Burning Man.  

Ecstatic Dance Chicago focuses on nurturing authentic expression in dance, play, and exploration, through mindful listening and communicating. Our dance floor is free from talking, photography, phone use, or the consumption of alcohol. Leaving out these specific things creates the best environment for us to be present while sharing a dance space, with more opportunity for non-verbal communication. 

To assist you in dancing with others, and dancing by your self we set clear consent guidelines, and invite you to uphold them and share them with those in need. Consent and expression of boundaries on the dance floor supports all of us going deeper and having the experience we wish for ourselves.  Non verbal gestures are used to invite someone into a shared dance, to say no to an invitation, and to finish a shared dance.

Our shared guidelines are very visible which makes seeing and sharing them easy.  You are invited and encouraged to kindly share them with anyone in need, as it is our great wish for this dance community to be self regulating. To help us hold this container there are Dance Guides in the space who can answer questions, address concerns, and share the Ecstatic Dance Guidelines. 

For the your enjoyment of the dance we suggest you wear comfortable clothes that allow your body to move without restraint. You can also wear anything you want. Everyone is invited to dance topples only in venues that allow for both women and men to do the same. For the most access to participation please avoid wearing strong scents, and do wear deodorant. And please take care of stinky feet before entering the dance space. Having less scents allows more people to drop into inspired movement.

We realize that not everyone is ready just yet to let go, be free, and dance openly. With this in mind, we invite those who are curious to simply come by and get a feel for the atmosphere. Soak up some of the amazing energy — the smiles are contagious! And who knows, maybe you’ll be ready before you even know it!

See you at the dance.
– Ecstatic Dance Chicago