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Sarkis Love
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I LOVE DANCE TRIBE!

The simplest answer as to why I love it is contained in the name itself.  First, it's Dance! It's a space where my own authentic movements and funky expressions are fully welcomed, encouraged, allowed, and supported.  I get to dance silly and playful, big and wild, quite and inward, laying down and being still, stretching in the corner; anything goes!  I get to move my body in a space that is free from judgment and welcomes all bodies and their movements.  To move in a way that feels good to my body, heart, and mind; this is the essence of dance for me.

Second, it's a Tribe.  Which means, I get to be my authentic self in CONNECTION with a community of people.  Witnessing and being witnessed in my authentic expression while being in connection is so deeply healing for me.  For a person who did not do well sitting in classrooms and being quiet/still all throughout my developmental years, Dance Tribe is like a never-ending factory of healing, corrective experiences.  And the only prerequisite for entry is showing up in a body!

I also really love that it is a shoes-off event that is free of drugs and alcohol.  I get to feel my feet on the ground, and I get to feel me; I get to listen to me.  Dance for me is a form of prayer, and I value being able to pray in an environment free of drugs and alcohol because too often (not always) I find that people who are intoxicated are actually trying to run away from their experience.  I don't want to run away, I want to celebrate myself by being with myself.  

This is why I go to Dance Tribe. To be with myself.  To be with other people. To pray and have fun. 

Thank you,

Sarkis

 

 

 

Karen Barranco
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THE DANCE OF THIS MOMENT

I first arrived at dance tribe about 8 or 9 years ago. It had been a while since I had danced regularly, and I was looking forward to shifting some of my energy.  I was feeling sad and a bit isolated, and a bunch of other emotions were turning in me.  I knew I wanted to let go of some baggage.  

When my feet touched that dance floor, I opened myself up and began to let my fears and inhibitions go. I walked into the present moment, the dance of this moment, body, mind, and soul.  

The music was so good. I breathed that music right inside and let it fill me up.  It is a place to go where you can close your eyes and just listen. 

To make it even more interesting, I felt delightedly that strong sense of community I was building. Little did I know I was building one of my tribes people. I have danced both alone and together, and with that dance floor,  countless numbers of times. I have seen many relationships blossom, bloom, and ripen on that floor.  I have made partnerships, friendships, plans, dances, and performances on and off that dance floor.  

I cannot wait for it to be Sunday every week, I fear it is contagious!  And the music is out of this world! It just keeps getting better and more diverse with the many talented DJ’s that play. Come and enjoy!  

In-dance,

Karen