What is Trance Dance?

trancedanceA trance dance is a powerful experience, that invites you to return home, deep within yourself. In many contemporary forms of dance the emphasis lies on recreational and social aspects, such as watching and being watched. Trance dancing is usually not intended to communicate with the outside world, but takes place within the context of spirituality, personal growth and inner transformation. A contemporary trance dance is a powerful experience that invites you to drop your masks of limited conditioning and separation and come home deep within yourself.

Since 2002 we have been organising trancedance rituals, workshops, retreats and trainings. While dancing with a blindfold, you embark on a journey of inner discovery. The ritual takes place within a safely defined space, and the process will be guided with care and loving attention.

A profound experience

Trance DanceThis is one of the most meaningful and powerful experiences that human beings are capable of having, and that all human beings should aim to encounter at least once in their lives! Cleansing the doors of perception, and freeing yourself from the constraints of ordinary perception, and from the shackles of your ego, it allows you to transcend time and space. This brings the capacity to truly behold paradox, where you can hold multiple perspectives in your mind at once, conceive of opposites, and somehow behold them simultaneously. The experience also brings the sense that what was seen, and what was understood, and what was felt, has some deeper meaning than everyday reality, and that this depth of meaning lasts indefinitely. It also brings the experience that everything is interconnected, a sense of cosmic unity, and of oneness with everything. Often this is accompanied by immense positive feelings of bliss, ecstasy and gratitude, or a sense of connection with the divine. It’s an experience beyond language, that you can’t quite put it into words, characterized by its fluid quality, dissolving just as quickly as it emerged. But even though it’s a temporary experience, the change is lasting, and you are forever transformed by new perspectives, and by a new visionary understanding, that is deeply felt.

The Roots of our Spirituality

Whirling Dervish TrancedanceMusic, dance and spirituality are tightly interconnected. Moving to rhythmic and melodious sounds is not only pleasant, but music and dance can also have a mind altering effect and contribute to our wellbeing.

A typical trancedance is usually an integral part of a ritual. These kind of rituals are ancient and can be found in cultures all over the world, for instance the Inuit, the Navajo en the Sioux of North America, the Siberian shamans, the Voodoo of Benin and Haïti, the Cuban Santeria, the Saami in Scandinavia, the Huichol in Mexico, the swirling Sufi Dervishes and the Yoruba in West Africa. The Umbanda in Brazil combine Roman Catholicism with religious practices from the Yoruba. They believe that a person becomes possessed with Spirit during a trancedance and can be endowed with the power to heal others. Dancers are also known to go into trance during Irish river dances, Balinese mask dances and Indian temple dances.

Trancedance is ageless, and to this day the energy of Trance and Extacy finds it’s way, for example through the parties of dancing youth, and through the workshops, retreats and trainings we organise since 2002.

 

How does it work?trancedance-03

 

Movement

It’s human nature to move, grow, transform. Recurring patterns of thought and action tend to make us stagnate and narrow our consciousness. In a Trancedance there are no fixed steps. You explore and dance your own dance, from the deepest place within yourself. When your dance transforms, something also changes within you, and how you relate to the outside world.

Intention

Before starting the ritual, you meditate on what it is that you are willing to receive. You might choose an aspect of your life that needs clarifying or set into motion. For instance, you can dance to receive an insight, or to process something, or to celebrate life. By choosing an intention you give purpose to you dance, which makes it easier to interpret your inner travel experiences, and put them into context of your daily life.

trancedance-04Breath

We start a trance dance with a short moment of intensive en conscious breathing. Your fysical body contains all your personal life experiences and during the dance, tensions can be released, or solutions to certain problems may suddenly reveal themselves to you. Breathing consciously (re-)activates your life force. You can read more about this in the article Breath, portal to inspiration and healing.

Blindfold

In most of our dance activities all dancers wear a blindfold. Your blindfold helps you to not be distracted from visual impulses from the surroundings, and as a tool for sensory deprivation it allows you to make a journey through ceremonial darkness. Read more about this in the article Sacred Darkness, about blindfold, surrender and transformation.

Music

The music takes you on a journey and allows your body to freely move, to ethnical sounds and electronic music from all over the world. You dance to sounds that are healing, trance inducing and conciousness expanding. Usually we work with a combination of music from the sound system and live instruments. See also our article on Sound and Creation.Trancetanz Musik Trommel

Trance

Through our senses we can absorb about 400 milliard bits of information per second. Of those, maybe only two thousand get processed consciously by our brain. During a trance dance you make contact with the information that was taken in subconsciously. Dancers often tell about insights they received about themselves and their lives during the trance dance. This is just one way to look at it. You can read more about trance in the article: Awakening within the Dream, about sleeping, waking, brainwaves, dreams and trance.