7 Ways to Use Dance as a Powerful Workshop and Energetic Tool
There’s a tribal saying, “If you can move, you can dance.” Dance is something we all have in common, like a heartbeat. And like a heartbeat, dance can help us come alive and activate our dreams, integrating and energizing them internally and externally.
Dance is a natural expression of emotion for us all. Toddlers dance to enlivening music, dogs dance when their “peeps” come home, our hearts dance with joy, and even leaves and trees dance in the wind. Dance can be structured, certainly. Yet the most natural dance of the body is what I would call “expressive dance” – movements that are inspired from within.
This topic has a special place in my heart because I know the deep value dance can bring to almost any setting. I have had a lifetime devotion to dance: first as a dancer myself, then as a co-owner/director/primary teacher of a 500-pupil ballet school. My early childhood dance programs are still used in dance schools around the country and were featured on the cover of “Dance Teacher” magazine three times. I’ve trained many dance teachers and workshop facilitators, as well as serving 3 years as the vice-president of the Sacred Dance Guild.
For the past 13 years, I have been working with dance as a spiritual development and creation power tool. During my classes and workshops – in person and over the internet – incorporating dance into spiritual practice has helped my students clear old energies out of their lives, activate what they want to bring into being, and integrate their learning in a very dynamically powerful way. If these explorations are not experienced through the body, they are only partially accomplished.
Structured dance develops consciousness from the outside in. Dancers see and hear the instruction and apply it to their bodies, creating the appropriate dance shape, form, and timing. This increases the dancer’s physical coordination, their patterned thinking ability, and their capacity for “harmonic synergy” (which I call the level of consciousness required to coordinate physical movement in time to the music, expanding the brain’s ability to effectively function on multiple levels at one time).
Expressive dance works in the opposite direction – from the inside out. It connects to the wellspring of creativity in the inner landscape of the dancer and then brings that ability to the outer world, increasing the capacity for creative problem solving, innovation, and personal expression. I have discovered that free movement brings into the physical realm the energy of the intent on a spiritual, emotional, and intellectual level.
Expressive dance takes the dancer away from the security of knowing the steps, so it is important to create a safe environment for personal expression where any possible feelings of self-consciousness and fear of judgment are replaced by comfort with expressing their deepest feelings and essence.
The body is a physical container for all our learning. The importance of full body engagement in learning is critical to a deeper, more successful experience in any setting. Dance can offer a powerful way to integrate and apply learning.
If you are looking for a powerful way to help your workshop participants jump start their progress, I hope you will join me for my one-day virtual workshop, Dance the Body Divine Facilitator Training, on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern), where I will share some of my most vital secrets that can help you be even more effective as a facilitator. This content-rich and activation-packed telecourse will offer you my secrets to creating great results for your participants – whether you are new to facilitating or have years of experience.
Today, people are more intent than ever to get the most out of workshops they invest in. Dance can bring more success to your participants, which positively impacts their experience – and your business results. Let me show you how to improve your facilitation bottom line with some exciting tools.
During this training we will also tap into the power of the Elemental Forces of Creation (Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Spirit) and how to bring forth their wisdom to help your participants access their personal power. We will also explore the potent difference that accessing the Rhythms of Nature can bring to those you work with in your area of expertise.
If you want to find out how to implement these remarkable tools, then join me on March 23 for a powerful skill building facilitator training and start taking your participants and business to the next level! Replays will be available of the entire program if you have to miss any portion.
I love helping other facilitators increase their ability to help people embody their trainings and activate their creation abilities. This course is packed with information and activations. I would love to share my secrets with you. I promise you’ll be glad you danced with us!
Find out more and sign up on… http://lisa-michaels.com/dance-the-body-divine/