There’s no excuse for not dancing. Our region is spoilt for choice when it comes to dancing opportunities. You don’t have to wait for a band or DJ you like to be playing nor do you have to spend your life dancing to your own music in your undies in the confines of your living room. Once again Blank GC makes your life that little bit easier by providing you with all the info you need to get out and get down.
YOGA BEATS PROJECT
If you like yoga, didgeridoo healing, open-meditative dancing, playing and fun then get down to Yoga Beats in Mullumbimby. Pablo Gascon is a yoga and pilates teacher from Spain who has been developing Yoga Beats for the past three years after a challenging and confronting time furthering his yoga training in Kerala, India. Pablo says that a few years ago he was too shy and self conscious to get up in front of a crowd and dance or talk, but practising and believing in himself caused a shift. He feels that dancing is a healing therapy on its own but he had the idea to fuse dance with yoga, and he started introducing a few moves in the gym with his clients. Yoga Beats Project was born.
The two hour Yoga Beats session starts with breath work and some gentle yoga asanas, then slowly some movement is introduced with the yoga. There is embodiment into more movement which Pablo will guide for those who are not comfortable, or free flow for those who are. Then the upbeat, crazy dance starts. Pablo helps people in the group feel involved and connected throughout. One way he does this is through fun, child-like play such as holding hands and running around the room. There is also some one on one time with a stranger closest to you. That can be a little confronting but under Pablo’s guidance it’s easy to open up.
Yoga Beats is for everyone even if you haven’t done yoga, or dancing, before. The next event is December 10th at Yoga Bones, Brisbane. Check the Yoga Beats Project Facebook page for information about future events in Mullum.
ECSTATIC TEMPLE DANCE
Camila Caeron has dance in her blood. Not only does she hail from Brazil, a country with a passion for dance (think Carnivale), her parents met on the dance floor. However, when Camila was in Brazil, she wasn’t doing much ecstatic dance. That passion started after moving to Australia when she started doing 5 Rhythms, Open Floor, Dancing Freedom, and Tantra. She was living in Melbourne and started going to transformational festivals like Seven Sisters, and started running dance workshops there. She decided to study dance movement therapy and hasn’t looked back.
Camila comes from a corporate background as a project manager, a part of her life she calls her masculine side. When she is dancing she feels more connected to her feminine side. She moved to the Northern Rivers and chose to study 5 Elements after meeting her mentor Malaika. 5 Elements Dance Activation combines ancient indigenous practices, shamanic practices, Ayurveda and yoga. The five elements are earth, fire, water, air and ether. While Camila hopes to concentrate on studying the actual elements further in the future, the dance events she runs on the Gold Coast are Shakti (feminine energy) Activation evenings for women only.
“Feelings of guilt and shame can arise when exploring the sensual side of the dance” Camila says, and she helps women deal with that by providing a nurturing, supportive, safe environment, a chill-out zone, and helpers on the night, and at the end there is a talking circle and a general chat. She also offers post event support if needed.
Her goal is to provide a ‘Temple’ to help women activate their feminine energy, and when they are ready, she will provide events for women to join with men in dance.
“Sometimes when there are men in the space, women can shut down unconsciously, and not have a deep, liberating experience.” Camila says she has developed a good sense of boundaries when dancing around men; “Sometimes I might want to be touched, for example, and sometimes I don’t want to be touched. The boundaries are so important for women to feel safe.”
Camila will be running six week workshops in the future. The next Ecstatic Temple Dance Shakti Activation will be at Gecko House, Currumbin 17th December. Call 0424 540 491 for more information.
A FEW OTHER DANCE OPPORTUNITIES:
For a more structured dance environment where you learn the steps and men do the leading, get down to Varsity Lakes Tavern every Wednesday evening from 7pm for Cuban Salsa lessons. Run by Amihan Mendoza and her partner Myles, you will easily advance through the different levels from beginner to level 2, and you don’t have to go with a partner. In fact most people go on their own. Great way to meet people. No internet required. Go to the Tumbao Latino Facebook page for more info.
HEART DANCE ON THE OPEN FLOOR
Another open dance / moving meditation option good for people of all ages and parents with kids – child minding is available and they usually have vegetarian food available for purchase afterwards. Every Sunday morning 10am to 12noon at the Ocean Shores Public School Hall. Call Liat on 0408 148 654 for more info.
L.O.A.D. LIGHTS OUT AND DANCE
Daggy dancing to your favourite tunes with the lights out so no-one can see. From KC and the Sunshine Band to Tame Impala, it’s all songs you know and can sing along to. You can request songs before the night on the Facebook page too! Monday nights 7pm to 8pm at Burleigh Primary School Hall. Contact Karls or Anna on the L.O.A.D. Facebook page for more info.