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Issue: October 2010
A Mass on Party

By Alex Hanly

About 4 months ago I had this beautiful vision and idea. That we could orchestrate a mass on international dance, where all the Movement medicine community and further a field could come to unity through the dance and celebrate our interconnectivity.

After realising this idea I emailed Susannah, Ya’Acov and the magical Roland to share it. Saying with all my enthusiasm “we have to do this!” there response was a profound, beautiful and utterly simple YES! So here we are putting this vision into motion.  And we want you to join us on the journey.  To create an international dance were thousands of people can come to unity through the dance. A MASS ON PARTY! 

Let me explain this vision a little clearer.

Imagine: Multiple dancing communities gathering in many locations around the globe all at the same time to dance together.

Intention: To dance together to acknowledge our power as a hurd! As a shoal! As a flock of individual yet deeply interconnected beings.

To dance together for love, to move together for peace, to pray together for acceptance, to dream together for transformation.

To dance together in gratitude for this life that we share together, right now and right here!

Where: Not just anywhere! In public places all over our countries. For example I am the events organiser here in London and a few places I would love this to happen would be; kingscross station, or in canary wharf, or Southbank! Somewhere large, busy and public, somewhere unexpected.  So that passers by are left a little confused yet smiling as to why 100 people randomly started dancing together when they where on the way to catch their train. Maybe we can even entice passers by to join in. the where will be left in the hands of the organisers and communities of dancers in the different locations.

When: We are yet to pick a date yet, but maybe the Summer solstice (longest day of the year) would be a good one. We will pick maybe 1 hour where it seems the most appropriate for all the locations internationally to convene. So early morning somewhere and mid afternoon somewhere else and so on. If you have a good idea for a day that you think would be brilliant then please let us know.

What: Susannah and I discussed this aspect of the idea for some time. What will we dance? We concluded that to acknowledge both our individuality and our interconnection we needed to do 2 things. 1 we would need to move like we’ve never moved before. Dancing in whatever shape and form we like YAY! And 2 we can transform this free form movement into a united movement called the Hustle.

We are going to begin teaching the Hustle for a few moments at our London workshop November 27-28th The Way Of The Dancing Warrior.  If you are interested in booking contact me  07868 842219.

And we will be filming the Hustle and putting it up on line so that all can learn it at home at your own pace. It is a simple, repetitive and potent movement that acknowledges the four directions. The Hustle does not require a degree in contemporary Jazz so if you fear the word “choreography” like a plague you have nothing to worry about. It is fun and accessible to ALL!

Thank you for reading this and let me know if you have any ideas towards the Mass on Party! We are open to all inspiration. Keep an eye out for more news and our youtube video of the Hustle. So you can learn it at home.

Love and light

Alex, Susannah, Ya’Acov and Roland.

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The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the School of Movement Medicine. Roland Wilkinson, Nappers Crossing, Staverton, Devon TQ9 6PD, UK Tel & Fax +44 (0)1803 762255 http://www.