Updated: Mar 22
"If we eat, dance and pray together, there'll be peace on the planet"
- Samuel Lewis (founder of Dances of Universal Peace)
This post serves as both an invitation to musicians to play for a Dance, as well as an introduction to all folks to the Dances of Universal Peace movement.
The Invitation: The Dances of Universal Peace is looking for interested musicians in the Long Island area to accompany participants in local Dances of Universal Peace. You can play for just a single event or several.
While there's no formal compensation, they put out a basket for donations for the musicians.
A current goal in this area is to have the event 3-4 times a year in indoor and possibly outdoor locations (maybe at a beach or among the trees). The enclosed videos present the Dances in a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces.
-->> If you are interested or simply have questions, please call me at 516-850-2493 (tOM Tittmann).
NEXT DANCE: Sunday May 7, 2023 3-5 PM (see flyer below)
Baha'i Center of Nassau County 11 W. Jamaica Ave. Valley Stream, NY 11580
Eileen and I participated in our first Dance on Sunday Feb. 12, 2023 at the Valley Stream Baha'i Center. It was...simply...delightful...
The musicians would speak with Mariam, a coordinator, to decide on the exact songs but these 3 are some examples. There are more in the enclosed videos.
--found this inspirational song on the Dance of Universal Peace North America Facebook page
About the Dances of Universal Peace
Vision Statement: Dances of Universal Peace North America envisions a world where peace, justice, interfaith celebration, and spiritual nourishment can be experienced and realized through the Dances of Universal Peace. A core value is to expand inclusive circles that inspire the next generation of dancers and foster practices that resonate with the unique conditions of the times in the service of peace and unity.
--features young people and dancers from around our shared world
--Envisioned as an introduction to the Dances of Universal Peace and why people are attracted to them, the video was filmed at the Canyonlands National Park Dance camp (Utah) in September 2006
--Fast forward to 14:01 to listen to two teens share their experience, followed by a high-energy dance segment (ends at 15:06). Check out the silly hats.
Multiply Our Prayers with Singing and Dancing
These are ways to EMBODY our intentions by using ALL of us...Body, Mind & Spirit...
Here are the 7. The above link includes more details for each plus links to other sources.
1. Dance is prayer - when you don't have the words to say simply dance and your heart will express the things that words can not.
2.Dance is meditation
3. Being in the moment
4. Dance provides an escape
5. Dance provides a connection with others
6. Dance promotes a healthy and active lifestyle
7. Dance is the ultimate therapy
Image from this article...
--You can enjoy these charming youngsters share their experiences from 09:53 - 10:55.
"FOOTNOTES" : )))
Spiritual practice brings us face to face with Life and Truth, prior to the concepts and beliefs of the person, opening to our true nature - authentic, unguarded, beyond form and imbued with the spaciousness and love that connects all.
The Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Concentrations are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration. This taste of our true nature - as Universal Peace - opens to the possibility of a deep spiritual revolution within the person.