Awaken your inner dance
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Video Series 
About the Facilitator
Music Share
Free-form Practices


Video Series

Introduction to Ecstatic Dance - Part 1: History
Focuses on the history and definion of Ecstatic Dance.


Introduction to Ecstatic Dance - Part 2: Basics
Provides an overview of popular freeform styles of dance and
focuses on the basics of Ecstatic Dance.


Music Share 

List below are playlists to experiment with, directly from Ecstatic Dance class. 
Playlist Name Artist   Song  Genere Listen 
Feb 2012 Class  Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors Shaman's Prayer World

  Ancient Brotherhood Alchemy World

  Dead Can Dance Yulunga Rock

  Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors Initiation New Age

  Professor Trance Inner Horizon World

  Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors Ghost Dancer World

  Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors Flowing (High Energy) World

  Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors Chaos (High Energy) World

  Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors Oceana New Age

  Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors Stillness (High Energy) New Age


About the Facilitator


Contact Me 

Paula Lane has practiced Ecstatic Dance for over a decade. She has seven years of modern dance training from Isodora Duncan’s Foundation in NYC. Paula also has several years of formal Ballet training, and she studied dance theory and technique while at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the late 1980’s.

Paula has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and she has a strong interest in the therapeutic effects of dance.


"You learn a lot about yourself. I don't mean you learn how to dance, as in the steps, 
but you learn about how you feel about the dance - forget about your day, your troubles - and you just DANCE." — Lily (Dec 17, 2008) 

"It's a great way to unwind, relax, let your mind go and just let it all out in a carefree way!! It's good exercise too with nobody to watch and judge you. (The room is dark and we wear bandanas on our eyes to feel less self-counscious within ourselves)." — Eve (Nov 8, 2008) 

Free-form Practices

There are several different forms of contemporary Ecstatic Dance available. It’s useful to explore different forms since each one has something to contribute. Also, you may discover that one form is more similar to your preferences or style.

  • Gabrielle Roth, the long-time pioneer of ecstatic dance in the west, offers a model based on a five-rhythm process called “The Wave.”
  • Frank Natalie offers “Trance Dance” and it consists of a bandana that covers the eyes and oxygenated breath which are used to embark on a journey.
  • Another form called PanEuRhythmy is performed outdoors with specific movements and inspirational readings.