Sanctuary: An Evening Ecstatic Dance at Westside Motor Lounge, ATL
6:00 pm - 11:00 pmVenue
Westside Motor LoungeLocation
725 Echo St NW, Atlanta, 30318, United States, Organizer
Sol Dance AtlantaOrganizer Email
We all long for a space where we feel truly safe to be seen, felt, and fully self-expressed. A space where the depth and breadth of who we are is welcomed and celebrated in all of its forms. A space for everyone … for ALL people – Because movement does not know race or color – and the dance does not care about your ideology or philosophy. To that end, we invite you into this SANCTUARY of music, dance, and community to be held in the knowing that your presence is important and part of the consciousness-raising-collective here.
Join us for this very special, extended evening movement & communal experience on FRIDAY, October 13 from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (5-HOURS!) at the fresh & unique venue, Westside Motor Lounge! We’ve got some new things in store for this dance, so read on to get all the details!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AT THIS EXPERIENCE:
Co-Founder Maya Lemberg as Ceremonial Space Holder throughout the evening 🌀
Warm Up Movement facilitated by Vaughn Pierro 💫
Sacred Space & Cacao Lounge Activation by Maya Moon Cacao 🍃
Professional Photography by 1000 Word Mirrors 📷
Delicious Bites provided by our gracious hosts Westside Motor Lounge 🥗
A premium, curated menu of wholistic & NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES throughout the event by The Zero Proof 🍹
Special Musical Guest Artist TBA to be featured during our new “Vendor Bazaar Hour” between 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM 🎶
All Vendors & Live Painters TBA
6:00p – Doors Open + Vendor Bazaar Hour with Live Music by a Special Guest TBA
(During this time, we invite you to connect with your friends, explore all our vendors & live artists, enjoy the atmosphere + grab a bite to eat from Westside Motor Lounge – or try a delicious NON-ALCOHOLIC beverage by The Zero Proof)
7:00p – intro & Warm-Up Movement facilitated by Vaughn Pierro
7:30 PM – Orientation & Opening Meditation with Maya Lemberg
7:45 PM – Ecstatic Dance DJ Set by Cris Kai
9:00 PM – Drum & Percussion Journey by Frank Malloy & Jakeme
9:15 PM – Ecstatic Dance DJ Set by Scott Houston
10:30 PM – Closing Vocal Activation by Rachel Blum
10:45 PM – Closing Circle with Maya & Scott
11:00 PM – 11:30 PM – Last Call for the Vendor Bazaar + Connect with your new friends!
ie. No phones on the dance floor: We aim to have the dance space just for dancing. If you want to take consensual video/photos, please be outside of the dance space.
ie. We are Substance-free: No drugs or alcohol in the event space.
ie. We value Consent: Please get permission before involving others in your dance, or in your pictures & videos.
LOCATION & PARKING
Westside Motor Lounge
725 Echo St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
There will be a large FREE gravel parking lot on either side adjacent to the venue with room for many vehicles, but as always, please consider carpooling! 🚗
About Scott Houston:
In over a decade of utilizing dance as a healing modality, Scott Houston has come to believe in the inherent wisdom of the body and the power of sound to move it. As an accredited 5Rhythms Teacher and seasoned host of Ecstatic Dance – Scott produces & facilitates events, classes, and workshops that are an open path to healing through a communion with the embodied self.
As an Atlanta-based artist & DJ – Scott is regionally known for his residency with the chic underground music collective, Project B. and as such, has had the privilege of vibe-setting for a variety of International Artists including: Acid Pauli, Poranguí, Mose, Mihigh, Raresh, Paco Osuna, Stan Zeff, Afro Warriors, Tara Brooks & Yoko0. Scott is also a classically-trained musician of 25+ years, a life-long dancer, devoted Husband & Father, performance artist, as well as Resident DJ & Co-Founder of Sol Dance alongside his partner, Maya Lemberg.
Sonically, Scott delivers his sound as ritual for enthusiasts of the deep and sacred – Seamlessly weaving evocative, hypnotic soundscapes & bass-lines – calling upon countless musical genres as well as traditional ethno-medicine songs that have the capacity to transform shadows to light.
About Maya Lemberg:
Maya’s mission is to help people feel at home within their skin. As a psychotherapist, yogi, dancer, singer and ceremonial facilitator, she is dedicated to guiding others on their road to authenticity, integrating mind, heart, body and spirituality in her approach to wellness.
She specializes in body-focused psychotherapy, art therapy, yoga, dance-movement practices, shamanism and women’s spirituality. She is grateful to facilitate experiences that bring people into intimacy with their hearts and bodies, paving way for deeper connections with each other, with the Earth and with the present moment.
About Cris Kai:
A storyteller through elegant musical journeys, Cris Kai shares her vision of beauty-in-music through organic + electronic sounds cultivated worldwide. Cris takes has performed as part of Wumanas – an artistic talent collective representing womxn Artists from around the world. At international festivals, clubs, & events, Cris is known for creating long-lasting, unique, and captivating moments as both a DJ & Music Producer. Cris Kai’s musical taste is known for expressions in diverse genres such as: Jazz, Funk, Tropical, Soul, Afro-beat, Hip Hop, Nü-Jazz, & more. Cris Kai also moonlights as a facilitator of Ecstatic Dance, and has held sacred musical space at conscious dance events both in Ibiza and Mexico.
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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.