Intention: Rediscovering The Dawn of Everything

In this dance wave we’ll explore through the dance and music assorted concepts from David Graeber &, David Wengrow’s book The Dawn of Everthing.
How you ask, do you dance to the tune of such a book? Well, I imagine there are many ways, but in this case, aside from some cultural or at least geographic nods to archaeological sites referenced in the book, the dance wave will explore primary concepts in the book, specifically: the powers of heroic charisma, information and knowledge, and bureaucratic systems of organization; schismogenesis; the past dismissal of indigenous American perspectives and the profound implications of including their narratives and histories; the long history of profound scientific and cultural contributions of women, and ultimately the idea that we can
buck the culture escalator and therefore do in fact have choice in how and why we organize our society in particular ways, even at scale!

Elements of Contact Improvisation Mini-Class

In this class we’ll explore key elements of Contact Improvisation to better understand the form and it’s history, how to practice it safely, and explore some common scores to help you connect and find the dance together more easily!
CJ O’Reilly has been teaching and facilitating Contact Improvisation since 2012. Find out more about their Contact Improv workshops at

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Event Date:

Wednesday, May 3, 2023




Yes, we need volunteers please. If you would like to work a 40 minute volunteer shift, please reach out to us!


Doors open 6:30
Contact Improv Mini-Class 6:30-7:00
Warm-up/ Contact Jam 7:00 – 7:30
Opening Circle 7:30 – 7:35
Dance 7:35 – 9:00
Closing Circle 9:10
Finished 9:45


Standard Ecstatic Dance Guidelines apply (and then some):
1. Ecstatic Dance is freeform movement—without verbal guidance—to dance in whatever ways feel good to you. Dancing solo or with partners are equally welcome (consensual dancing only.)
2. Ecstatic Dance seeks to build community connection in many ways, including circling together at the opening, mid dance, and/or closing of dance, however please no hanging out or smoking (of anything) in the parking lots.
3. No colognes or perfumes, but please wear clean clothes and bless us with good personal hygiene (you are worthy!)
4. For now, no children or pets allowed
5. Please participate as a dancer- not as a performer or spectator.
6. Please arrive on time, participate in the opening circle, and stay for the closing circle.
7. Please no conversations on the dance floor
8. Ecstatic Dance is held to support a safe, healthy, clear-minded space (No alcohol or drugs; everyone is expected to move with awareness & care & respect; no scents; no shoes except as needed for medical reasons)
9. Please remove shoes when entering (or change into your special dance shoes)
10. Ecstatic Dance is held free of social distractions (no conversations, no cell phones, no photography, no videos)
11. You must honor your own boundaries and the boundaries of others at all time. Always get consent when connecting.
12. Please leave your clothes on at all times.
13. Please park only in designated areas.
14. Do not ring the church bell.


Please park in one of our driveways/lots. We have three lots to choose from: Two are next to the temple, the third is at 311 Haw Creek Road. Yes, 311 Haw Creek Road is part of the Haw Creek Commons. There is plenty of parking behind the house and perpendicular parking on the left and right sides of the driveway, Please pull all the way into lot to maximize parking availability. Overflow parking on the lawns at the commons is only available if the lawns are completely dry. The only parking on the road is available in front of 31 Bethesda Rd. you may parallel park here. The neighbors have been very supportive of our event, and we in turn support the neighbors by parking in the designated areas and not hanging out by the cars. We welcome you to park in our designated parking areas as we can easily accommodate all cars there.