Born from the Sunday Morning Ecstatic Dance in Oakland, California, Ecstatic Dance Chicago focuses on nurturing a healthy and loving community space where we can play, dance, explore, and express authentically.
Our dance floor is a verbal conversation-free space which allows for more movement and non-verbal communication. Making noise and sounds is very accepted, and of course there is a space away from the dance floor to connect while talking. There is also no photography or videography on the dance floor to help support the highest expression of movement in dance.
To assist in dancing with others, dancing by your self, and in being brave and pushing your self to take risks we set and uphold clear consent guidelines that can invite someone to dance, say no to an invitation, and finish a shared dance.
Our guidelines are posted all throughout our space which makes sharing them easy and fun. We also have appointed Dance Guides in the space who can answer questions and compassionately address any concerns. They are easily identified by the flashing Heart shaped pins on their clothing.
For the dance we suggest you wear comfortable clothes that allow your body to move without restraint. However, you can also wear anything you want.
Please bring a bottle or a cup for water to avoid unnecessary waste. Please wear deodorant and take care of stinky feet before entering the dance space so as to not disturb anyone through their sense of smell.
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 in the dance.
– Ecstatic Dance Chicago