two very simple guidelines: “no talking on the dance floor” and “respect the space and one another.”
Sunday morning. Walk up the stairs. Notice the sunlight streaming through the windows onto the 8,000 sq ft sprung-wood dance floor at Tropicana Ballroom at 1933 Broadway in Oakland, the spacious home of Ecstatic Dance Sundays. See kind faces of those you know and those you have yet to meet. Take a deep breath and relax into the flowing music. Visit the nondenominational altar. Glide back to the dance floor as the musical guide, the DJ, begins to awaken the dancers with a stronger beat. Listen deeper to your heart, and hear the reflection in the music. Allow the music, the space, the people, to wash over you as the journey unfolds.
Laugh, play, cry, skip, twirl, fly, and sashay around—knowing any expression and all movement are welcomed and encouraged in the space. All ages, genders, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex & same-gender loving movers welcomed.
Leave feeling really good, both inside and out. Will you join us?
Photos by Karina Louise
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