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Dances of Universal Peace Australia
About the Dances
Only a Heart with Wings Can Fly
The Dances of Universal Peace are a meditation in sound and movement. They are simple, meditative, and uplifting circle dances inspired to create peace and unity, within and without. The Dances honour the ideals, and diversity which unite the many many spiritual traditions: Buddhist, Christian, Judaic, Islam, the Great Mother, Indigenous of the Earth, Zoroastrian, Hindu, Sufi, Celtic etc...
Hazrat Inayat Khan, the great Sufi mystic, and considered to be the grandfather of the Dances, said in his Service for Peace,"we honour and all those who, whether known or unknown, have held aloft the light of truth amidst the darkness of human ignorance."
The many dances include themes of love, harmony and beauty and the celebration of sacred unity which underlies all the spiritual traditions of the Earth.
Whether invoking the compassion of the Buddhist Qwan Yin, celebrating the playful energy of Krishna, or experiencing the related archetype of any other spiritual figure, dancers take part in a dynamic relationship between the group, individuals, and the self.
The Dances have spread all around the world and have created many multicultural and faith bridges that have healed hearts and communities.
No musical or dance experience of any kind is required and everyone is welcomed to join in. Participation, not presentation, is the focus. No special attire is required, although comfortable, loose-fitting clothing is best. Participants join hands forming a circle with the Dance leader and other musicians in the centre.
Throughout the evening, the leader teaches the group the words, melody, and movements for the next Dance and often provides some background history about that particular Dance. The teaching is always done from a compassionate heart in a comfortable, quiet, and often sacred setting.
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