Past Ecstatic Dance Chicago Presenters

Romance 191012
Roman(ce) is a curator of incredible music, community organizer, and a seeker of a higher potential. Music has played a big part in his life by providing him with gateway to embodiment, and into free flow of movement and energy. Wanting for others to have the same opportunity he creates space and plays music that bring on these mystical qualities.
For his Dj sets Roman draws from Black American, African, Afro Brazilian, South and Central American, Eastern, European, and many indigenous and rhythmic cultures of the world. Allot is also picked from the polished and technically produced sounds of electronic music.
For the past decade Roman has been hosting and Djing intentional dance gatherings, and out of the ordinary dance and art events. He is also the founder, and lead organizer of Ecstatic Dance Chicago.
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Shannon Connell 191012
Shannon “Shakti Conn” Connell Fischer is true to her fiery nature, she loves to live, share and bask in the glow of the collective fire. Whether through energetic movement, yoga, dance, chanting or perhaps even a little howling at the moon, Shannon guides from a place of authenticity where everything is allowed, encouraged and accepted. Each experience with Shannon is a unique and beautiful journey that will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and more deeply connected to the Oneness that unites us all… in a never-ending dance of passion, sweetness and fun! Freedom of expression, expansion and joy on the journey is what she intends to share!
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Enoch 191012
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Enoch Kim is currently an artist and audio engineer with an artist community called Names Are Hard. He facilitates recording sessions where artists gather to connect with each other, express their authentic selves, and create music that is genuine and true.
He also produces music under the name The Muse Maker. His music is driven by carefully orchestrated parts and sounds that evoke deep human emotion. He creates a space for the listener to get lost in a different world with closed eyes. The music acts as a call to adventure. You may occasionally find layers of vocals, a banjo, or lush ambient sounds in one of his tracks.
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Liz 191012
“I am a Zen shiatsu therapist. Zen shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork based in Chinese medicine, that involves acupressure and light passive stretching.
My interest in healing started at Yoga Vidya Gurukul, an Ashram in India, where I studied Yoga and Ayurveda. This experience at the ashram piqued my interest in the healing arts and allowed me to develop a relaxed, intuitive Shiatsu style. Healing and helping people find balance in their lives is something I am deeply passionate about and I hope to share with this gift with others.”
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✶ Dance Activation ✶
NAXÖ
Mirza N. Shams – under their stage name NAXÖ – is a DJ , music producer, composer, keyboardist, singer, and sound healer. They use multiple sounds to explore psychological narratives, subjectivities, and stream of consciousness while activating emotional pitches to navigate personal transformations through their compositions and performances. NAXÖ fuses their Middle-Eastern, North African and South Asian folklore and heritage with contemporary schools of sound. Their work conjures a magical fusion that weaves psychedelic waves through beats, featuring transparent voices calling to resist, embedded deep within a poly-rhythmic groove.
NAXÖ performed and produced in clubs, theaters and festivals for over a decade. Most recently, NAXÖ performed at Colvin House in Evanston and Mary’s Attic above Hamburger Mary’s Chicago in Andersonville, Chicago. They opened for “Hello Psychaleppo” at YallaPunk, a 3 day international festival in Philadelphia, and also opened for “City Of Djinn” at The Empty Bottle in Chicago. At Flux Factory in NYC, NAXÖ was one of the headliners for Mark for Redaction. In Chicago, NAXÖ performed at ICUQTS, a 2 day queer transcendence symposium, and Trans Art Is series of exhibitions and performances in Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and another, Trans Art Is: Crossing Borders in Andersonville Galleria, and Trans Day of Visibility 2019 in Chicago Magic Lounge. NAXÖ was featured in Chicago Zine Festival on Trans and GNC Chicago emerging artists panel, and performed at Chicago Dyke March.
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