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Dance with Julia Ray

danceDance is our birthright and we are all (yes all!) born with a natural capacity for movement.

In ancient times, men and women danced on every occasion – for joy, for love, in grief, and in fear. They gathered as a tribe or community to dance ecstatically in celebration of the cycles of nature and life, to honour a higher power, and even to heal. While this tradition continues in many cultures, we in the modern West see dance predominantly as entertainment for those who “know how” to dance.

Ecstatic Dance Toronto started as a strong soul’s calling for me, a force that moved me. What motivated me to dance through the hardships, is this vision that I hold close to my heart – to awaken the dancer within and for ecstatic dance to be a part of mass culture. I feel a joy beyond words that so may people are experiencing the benefits of ecstatic dance and we have really grown into a rooted, soulful community. The more we dance and the more I hear your stories, the more I realize this vision belongs to the world community. Join us every Monday and Thursday at the Dovercourt House all year around from 7:30-9:30pm.

Freestyle Dance / Ecstatic Dance Practice

Private and Small Group Sessions

Discover your own authentic dance! Inspired by the dances of our ancestors, as well as the work of Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms, Wilbert Alix’s Trance Dance and Cass Phelps’ Continuum Movement, among others, our freeform dance sessions offer a supportive environment where we give our bodies full permission to express freely, while acknowledging what can prevent us from feeling free. This fun, barefoot workout to liberate your body, heart and soul begins with dropping into our body andIMG_2928 stretching, builds to an energetic peak, and takes you back down to the floor in savasana. I will gently support you in your freedom journey as guide, host, facilitator, muse and DJ. No yoga or dance experience is required and all are welcome. Within 8-10 sessions, you can expect to experience a shift in your dance towards a far greater feeling of freedom, while reducing self-consciousness or anxiety that may have been holding you back.

Custom sessions

You may also have some special requests for your solo dance in the studio, or as part of a small group of friends. Feel free to ask.

Private Sessions

In Studio

  • 8 Private 75-Minute Sessions at $100/class once or twice a week commitment required (valid within 60 days of purchase)
  • 1 Private 75-Minute Session for $120/class

At Your Location

  • 8 Private 75-Minute Sessions at $120/class once or twice a week commitment required (valid within 60 days of purchase)
  • 1 Private 75-Minute Session for $140/class

*Outside Toronto add up to $25 for Travel Expenses.

Small Group Sessions

In Studio

  • 8 Private 75-Minute Sessions at $120/class once or twice a week commitment required (valid within 60 days of purchase)
  • 1 Private 75-Minute Session for $140/class

At Your Location

  • 8 Private 75-Minute Sessions at $140/class once or twice a week commitment required (valid within 60 days of purchase)
  • 1 Private 75-Minute Session for $160/class

*Outside Toronto add up to $25 for Travel Expenses.

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