MCDC celebrates each individual facilitator’s style and is also aware there is a certain structure our dance tribe loves. Our dance community has been gathering for many years now, and MCDC wants to honor the evolving wisdom gained from that collective experience so a consistent flow can be created for every dance.
Gabrielle Roth (founder of 5Rhythms) called the process of conscious dance “turning dross into gold”; whatever brews in the subconscious tends to come out through the moving body to be witnessed and transformed. To encourage this process, we ask our facilitators to present a wide variety of music that evokes different kinds of emotions, movements and expressions.
We ask facilitators to be innovative while also honoring our community’s general musical preferences. A recent MCDC survey showed we particularly love eclectic, largely instrumental music such as world-fusion, trance, acoustic and tribal music, as well as splashes of African, electro-swing, Latin, classical, rock, devotional, neo-jazz, blues, funk and occasionally a time-travel with a golden oldie. We also request that facilitators are mindful of songs that include lyrics in the music they present.
Our facilitators generally keep their speaking during the dance to a minimum - some don’t speak at all. Their main tools of holding space are the music and the movement.
In terms of the structure of the dance, we play two sets in such a way that we get a chance to gradually warm up and then have the music build into a full-on crescendo. We create a space in between the sets where we can become still and go inside. Our dance slowly winds down into a dance shavasana, the all-important time to harvest the fruits of our experience, followed by a coming together during which we can be in full stillness. We usually end our dances with three rolling AUMs as a way to give voice to the unified field we just created.
The collective's frequent music facilitators.
Finn & Devi