Introspection: Indoor Ecstatic Dance at The OM Room – CHATTANOOGA
1:00 pm - 3:30 pmVenue
The OM RoomLocation
3230 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN, 37411, United States, Organizer
Sol Dance ChattanoogaOrganizer Email
The frenzy of the holidays can leave us feeling busy and overwhelmed. Since we’re on the cusp of Winter Solstice (the longest night of the year and the official beginning of winter) this ecstatic dance experience is about turning inward. We’ll take a moment to pause, reflect and go within in order to more fully embrace the introspective energy of the coming season.
Percussionist AJ Nocito will offer live drumming to accompany a recorded ecstatic dance set from Scott Houston, Sol Dance Co-Founder & Resident DJ. Laurel Askue will open and close the container with a Sedona Method facilitation. Arrive early for a warm-up stretch led by Jessica Kelley. All ages and bodies are welcome!
To make this experience accessible to all bodies, we incorporated the ability for everyone to participate by partnering with Arts Build to offer a Low-Income ticket option. We respectfully ask that you refrain from purchasing this ticket unless you can’t afford the full price.
WHAT WE DO:
Sol Dance is a free-form movement experience where all bodies are welcomed. We offer a guided sensory journey meant to be experienced in its entirety. Our DJs meticulously curate the music alongside talented percussionists & sound healers – generally not limited to only one genre.
You can expect a culturally-diverse blend of electronic and acoustic sounds. Beginning with an opening meditation and moving into deeper, slower sounds, the bpm & energy peak in the middle, and are finally brought back down, closing with meditative sound healing and a gratitude circle. We invite you to gift yourself the complete experience from start to finish.
- 12:30p – Doors Open: Arrive & Settle In
- 1:00p – Welcome & Guidelines
- 1:15p – Guided Meditation
- 1:20p – Ecstatic Dance
- 3:20p – Sedona Method & Closing Circle
- No phones on the dance floor: We aim to have the dance space just for dancing. If you want to take consensual videos/photos, please be outside of the dance space.
- We are Substance-free: No drugs or alcohol in the event space.
- We value Consent: Please get permission before involving others in your dance, or your pictures & videos.
The OM Room
3230 Brainerd Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37411
PARKING & ENTRY:
There is a free parking lot with plenty of spaces located behind The OM Room (parallel to Brainerd Road). Enter at the BACK DOOR adjacent to the parking lot. You’ll see a sign for The OM Room.
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WHAT WE DO
A free-form movement experience where bodies of all kinds, colors & creeds are welcomed.
No phones, no photos and no talking in the dance space.
We value consent: Please get permission before involving others in your dance.
We are substance-free: No drugs or alcohol in the event space.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Ecstatic Dance?
Ecstatic Dance is a freeform movement journey, held in a safe & sacred container. Most dances are facilitated by a trained DJ specifically chosen for their ability to curate an experience designed to help you move. Through Ecstatic Dance you will find a communal opportunity to connect more deeply with your body and self-expression.
Do I need to know how to dance in order to participate?
Absolutely no dance experience is necessary! In this regard, Sol Dance (and generally any other kind of “Ecstatic Dance” event) becomes the perfect outlet for those who think they “can’t dance”.
We encourage participants to give themselves full permission to be themselves – move how you want to move in every given moment, feel how you feel, etc. There is no way to get it wrong (but please be consensual with others).
Wait... Is this a party?
Believe it or not, Sol Dance is NOT a party. That isn’t to say we don’t have a lot of fun doing what we do, but what we offer is more than a party. First off, Sol Dance is a substance-free environment. We get high off of the music, dance, and communal experience. Moreover, Sol Dance provides an opportunity to go deep within yourself and be physically moved by your body and inner wisdom. While this is also a community event, you can choose for it to be an intimately personal process.
What kind of music can I expect?
With sounds ranging from: soulful, worldly, eclectic, deep, serene, and funky, you can expect a dynamic sonic arrangement from our resident DJs. You can listen to some examples here.
Can I arrive anytime?
Can I just come and watch?
We highly encourage 100% of your embodied participation as this is a movement-based experience. That being said, If you would like to stay on a blanket, yoga mat, or even the grass before you feel called to move your body – that’s totally fine!
How can I prepare?
Wearing anything that allows you to move comfortably.
Wearing shoes is optional (for outdoor events only!)
Bringing a full water bottle.
Bringing a mat or blanket to sit on the ground or in the grass (for outdoor events!)
Utilizing sun-protection ie. hats, sun glasses, or lotion!
Make sure to bring an open mind & heart!
Can I bring my kids?
Yes! We welcome people of all ages! Our community loves when children are present! Bring the whole family.