People have been dancing into ecstasy since the dawn of humankind.
We danced to connect, to heal, to transcend, and to celebrate. All over the world, people created sacred spaces where they danced to the beat of a drum. These dance journeys helped to give birth to art, theatre, healing, and religion. Trance and ecstasy are core to our human experience. They break the spell of narrow identities and social hierarchies, and weave us back into the great mystery. For these very reasons, religious authorities in the west have long suppressed ecstatic dancing. It was deemed sinful and was stripped from its sacred dimensions. Ecstasy, however, has a way of finding us through the cracks of our system. In the last century, pioneers like Isadora Duncan, Gabrielle Roth, and Anna Halprin have been paving the way for a growing Ecstatic and Conscious Dance revival. Once more people are dancing under a full moon, reinventing rituals and ceremonies for these chaotic times. In doing so, we are reclaiming our place as human animals among the community of life, and rediscovering the body as a temple for divine energies.
Our mission at Heart of the Dance is to support the re-awakening of Ecstatic and Conscious Dance.
In our rapidly changing world, Conscious Dance has the ability to ground us, break barriers, and build communities. We know, because dance has done all these things for us. As ecstatic dancing grows in popularity, it is in danger of being co-opted by the omnipresent marketplace. These tempting commercial forces try to tame the dance with trademarks and 'consumer friendly' versions that are more about packaging than about content. We therefore feel moved to share what lies at the heart of the dance: its deep roots; the guiding principles; the creation of a brave and sacred space; and the art and craft of facilitating a dance journey, both in movement and music. We share this know-how as longtime teachers, DJ's, and, most of all, as students of the field.
Tom Goldhand is a dancer, dance teacher, group facilitator and a Dance therapist (MA). Tom has been teaching, creating and facilitating dance for over 15 years. He is the co-founder and facilitator of Ecstatic Dance Amsterdam, and owner and manager of Sadhana Dance School. “I see myself as an improviser, I dance to discover, uncover and recover. My dance gravitate more and more into exploring movement with awareness and this is what I like to share.”
Léon Beckx is an artisan at heart. His art and craft centers around facilitating group processes that deepen contact, unlock hidden potential, transform, and move life forward. In his work, Léon draws from his 25 year experience of facilitating different groups - from business board rooms to prisons. "I love that the Ecstatic dancefloor unites dancers from all kinds of dance disciplines, and not just one particular school. I also love that it is not trademarked, but open to innovation and constantly evolving."
Caroline S’Jegers is a passionate music, dance and birth keeper. She is the founder of 'ícaro - roots to create' and the co-founder of Ecstatic Dance Belgium. She roots herself in ritual, uses music as poetry and listens to the silences between the (heart)beats. Her sounds can be summarized in three words: uplifting, deep and soulful. "Music moves and shapes me. It makes me fall in love with dance – again and again – and inspires me to create from a place of utter presence. On the dance floor – as in life – the mystery unfolds."
Heart of the DJ Training :: Online Modules :: Wednesday evenings February - April 2024
Find more information about our upcoming DJ training here!
This training program is for anyone who likes to kickstart their DJ journey. Whether you are a dancer who likes to make other people dance; a club DJ transitioning to Ecstatic or Conscious Dance; or a Yoga or movement teacher that wants to work more with music: every-body is welcome!
As a DJ, you stand in the spotlight while you hold space for the journeys of the dancers. During our training we offer guidance so you can grow into this role of being a facilitator of change.
Dates for the online training are:
14th & 21st February 2024
6th, 13th, 20th & 27th March 2024
10th & 17th April 2024
19h until 21h30 CET time (Amsterdam/Brussels)
The investment for the DJ Training is € 888
This includes all the modules, a digital manual, and self-study material
ALUMNI get a reduction of € 150
Core Facilitator Training for Conscious & Ecstatic Dance
5th - 9th June 2024, The Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Find out more about our Core Facilitator Training 2024 in Amsterdam here!
What to expect:
A 5 day deep dive into the heart of Ecstatic & Conscious Dance
Topics: ceremony leading, movement facilitation, history, creating & holding a sacred space, and music.
With lot’s of practice, a printed manual full of know-how, a community of like-spirited people.
The Facilitator Training is a 5-day intensive training program for everyone who feels the calling to spread their passion for dance, music, and conscious community. You'll learn to manifest, hold and facilitate your own unique Ecstatic or Conscious Dance events. We will dive deep into the core principles that make dance ‘Ecstatic & Conscious’. Each day we will provide practice opportunities to create a sacred space, conduct a ceremony, and play music. In our evening times, we will also be able to experience different Ecstatic Dances in Amsterdam.
We believe Ecstatic Dance only works when it has a strong beating heart.
The guidelines are simple, but how do we make it sacred, authentic and transformative?
Dates for the training are:
5th until 9th June 2024
Ter Gouwstraat 3, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
777 euro - (early bird - for the first 7 people who sign up)
888 euro - (full price)
999 euro - (in case your company or cooperation pays for the training)
555 euro - (alumni - for those who have already followed a training with us)
"This training exceeded my wildest expectations." (Peter)
"Wonderful connection with beautiful people" (Fabio)
"So much passion and professionalism..." (Liesbeth)
"So grateful to reconnect to the heart of Ecstatic Dance!" (Ben)