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About Our Dances
We sing, dance and pray together for peace within ourselves and the world.
The Dances of Universal Peace are simple dances set to the music we create with our own voices inspired by all of the world’s religious traditions. By singing and praying in the spirit of the many spiritual traditions of the world we can help bring healing to the cultural divisions that have been for centuries driving our world to war in the name of “religion.” The Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice that brings us in touch with our sacred selves in an environment that allows us to honor the sacredness in each other. When we dance face to face, we are not just dancing with the person in front of us, but also with the divine spirit that is manifested through that person.
When We Gather
Ithaca Dances of Universal Peace
First Saturday of the Month - Currently via Zoom
Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road, Ithaca, NY
Please join us! No experience is necessary, just a willingness to open your heart and to respect the sacred space that is created.
$5-$15 donation requested. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. There are many ways to support the dances besides payment, including assisting with space preparation and clean-up; flowers, altar preparation or other beautification; childcare; greeting at door; publicity. Please call or e-mail for more info.
Weekly Sufi Meditation
Every Tuesday - currently via zoom
First Baptist Church, 309 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY
Each Tuesday throughout the year, 5:30-6:30pm, we gather to meditate and share spiritual practice. We often share sacred readings from the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan, as well as other spiritual guides, poets, and inspirational sources. Meditations and practices can include silence, breath, sound, visualization, movement, prayer, song and chant, "zikr" or remembrance of unity, "wazaif" or attuning to divine attributes, and small group sharing and reflection.
1st Tuesday each month: Healing Service with Eileen Kotzer 2nd Tuesday: with NurQalbia Candice Emmons 3rd Tuesday: Dance Deepening & Zikr with Azad Volckhausen 4th Tuesday: Breath with Jalil Beuchel 5th Tuesdays: with Alia McDowell
Co-sponsored with the Ithaca Sufi Center.
Ithaca Dance Gathering 2021
While the Annual Ithaca Dance Gathering is taking a break until June 2022, we will dance together daily atMythaca 2021!!! Please join us!
June 24-27 at Arnot our usual location, Arnot Forest.
We hope you have marked your calendars and plan to join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ithaca Dance Gathering next year June 25-28, 2020, once again in the beautiful Arnot Forest near Ithaca, New York!
When we began this event in 1991, we hoped to create a place to share Dances and grow leadership skills together. We didn’t imagine how it would blossom into such a beautiful space to share love with our new-found family. Each year, our community has expanded to include many lovers and leaders of the Dances of Universal Peace from across North America. We have witnessed fledgling leaders develop into wise, seasoned transmitters of this sacred practice, and toddlers grow into gifted dance leaders.
In 2020, we aim to share the experience of the Ithaca Dance Gathering with a member of the new generation of dance leaders involved in the Beyond Initiative. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this inspiring project, details can be found at https://dancesofuniversalpeace.org/wwbeyond.shtm. The goal of the Initiative is to spread peace in a sustainable world by bringing the Dances to people in under-priviledged countries who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience them. The young leaders of the Beyond Initiative are leading dance caravans to countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. As a result of the first year of the Initiative, there are now permanent dance circles in Turkey, Israel, and Iran! They are doing this in partnership with the Global Ecovillage Network.
The Ithaca Dance Gathering plans to open its arms and welcome a young global leader by raising funds to cover transportation and related costs for that person to travel to Ithaca and participate in our 30th anniversary event. Our goal is to raise $3,000 during the next six months. A generous anonymous donor has initiated our first fundraising challenge! This donor has pledged to match every donation we receive during the month of December up to a total of $750. In other words, if we receive $750 in donations during the month of December, our donor will make a matching gift of $750. We will be halfway to our goal! Please join us by making a donation using one of these options: