We’ve all wanted to, “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching”. But most people will admit that’s easier said than done. Well last summer at Tony Robbins event Life Mastery in Orlando we had a chance to do just that. In a huge room full of over 100 people we let our hair down, let go, and learn how to trance dance.
Trance is a tricky place, a place not many understand. It’s a mindful state that only happens when you get out of your way and fall into your true self so deeply that something inside clicks and you are simultaneously being and witnessing yourself. “ ~Gabrielle Roth
Before the dance begins we are all asked to have an intention in mind. During of which we work with that throughout the dance. We did not have anything covering or eyes but we were asked to keep them closed as much as possible that we were comfortable with. The lights were turned very low and the music began. We moved slow at first, moving and focusing on different body parts. As the music and the movement intensified we got warmer, looser, used to our surroundings and letting go of fears and cares and moves our bodies as an expression of the sound from the music.
This was an amazing experience. Nearly two hours had passed by the time we were on our backs coming out of the dance. I did let go. Healing, awakening, transforming and letting go of everything that was not in that moment. It was a very powerful and freeing experience.
As described in our Life Mastery handbook, Trance Dance is a unique blend of healing sounds, dynamic per-cussive rhythms, transformational breathing techniques, and the innovative use of a blindfold or bandana, together stimulating the “trance” state that promotes spiritual awakenings, mental clarity, physical stamina and emotional well -being. Driven by unique musical soundtracks recorded specifically for this method of healing, Trance Dance takes participants on an “inner journey” not limited to our normal perceptions of space/time.
Ritual trance journeys have been a vital part of shamanic and eastern dance cultures for thousands of years. Our contemporary approach to Trance Dance brings together the richness of these ancient rituals with some startlingly effective modern techniques. One of these is the use of the blindfold which covers the eyes, thereby shutting down the major source of distractions to the brain and stimulating an “inner vision” that reveals hidden meanings and answers to many of life’s most compelling questions. Darkness creates a start of suspension or stopping of time, an altered state or trance state where there is no on e but one’s self. It is within this inner journey that we connect with spirit and the truths it reveals.
There are not that many videos out there of this type of trance dancing. Which actually I”m happy about. This type of thing must be experienced, not watched from your couch.This video is the closest I could find online of a good example of trance dancing. It still was very different than what we did with Jonathan but gives you a good idea.
Jonathan Horan is the son of Gabrielle Roth, creator of the Moving Center in NYC. The Gabrielle Roth’s International Institute, The Moving Center has created many CD’s of music meant specifically for their classes. I have this Tribe CD and love it.
It’s never too late to step out of your comfort zone. We are here to EXPERIENCE life, not just watch from the sidelines. And I guarantee most people are too concerned about how they look and not worried about watching you. If you’re not ready for a group setting, pick up the CD and have your own home based trance dance in the middle of your living room. And remember to just let go, and dance like nobody’s watching.