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.