Bundaberg’s qualified yoga teacher, David Chauncy, has used his passion for connecting mind and body to develop workshops focused on dance movement.
The local man will be offering ecstatic dance workshops at Elliott Heads from the end of October and said the dance form allows participants to freely express their emotions through movement.
David said the Ecstatic Dance had clear boundaries to protect personal space and was a drug and alcohol free program.
âEcstatic dancing was made popular by American Gabrielle Roth who started 5Rhythms Dance,â he said.
âThere are no choreographed steps to follow, it’s totally free form.
âThe smallest movement can be as deep as the biggest movement, there is no need to push, no need to hold back, anything is welcome. “
David said he has been practicing ecstatic dancing since 2017 and recently became an accredited teacher.
âWhat I found in dancing was a return to the rhythm,â he said.
âThrough this connection, I found myself with David when I was a young boy when he lost his connection with his heart and that beat.
“Through dancing, I experienced overwhelming moments of happiness, joy and excitement – collectively called ecstasy.”
David said that the ecstatic dance not only explored emotion, but also told a story, like most aspects of movement.
âMovement is a form of communication, the first,â he said.
âSomeone walks into a room and before a word is spoken, their movement will describe the mood, the confidence, the state of being.
“It is difficult to simulate the movement, it is in our subtle body.”
David will host his first ecstatic dance workshop at Elliott Chiefs Room October 24.
Where: Elliott Heads Hall
When: Sunday October 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $ 15 (reduced rate of $ 10)
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