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Ecstatic Dance: DownTemple and Kava Night


Our vision for Ecstatic DownTemple is to create a seamless flowing journey that supports ever deepening connection to self and other. There's a special medicine provided by deep, slow, and connected movement. This is not a venue for dancers to get a sweat on, the cathartic peaks we seek are more spiritual and heart-felt than physical.

A simple definition of Ecstatic Dance is “Bass Music Culture meets Conscious Dance”. In that light, the heart of Ecstatic DownTemple is Bass Music, which is what sets it apart from a typical chill space or ambient music contact jam/freeform movement space. While the music will have a wide dynamic range including moments of ambient beauty--including acoustic and organic textures and instrumentation--there will be some powerful bass and cutting-edge electronic music in the mix.

We will have an optional, self service Kava lounge available throughout the night. Feel free to bring your own vessel.

7:00pm Doors Open
7:15pm “Sourcing the Infinite” a warmup class w/ Daniel Mollner
8:00pm MoonIvy (downtempo set)
9:00pm Daniel (downtempo set)
10:00pm Closing Circle

Warmup class description:
This 45 minute warmup will get you ready for the downtempo evening ahead! Learn about pathways for slow, gentle connection. Explore nourishing, full range movement. Luxuriate in moving with what feels good to your body at just the right pace. Cultivate “energetic” awareness and discover a state of constant flow. Class led by Daniel Mollner.

Kava is a beverage made from the root of the plant Piper methysticum, a close relative of Piper nigrum or Black Pepper. Kava is consumed as a beverage in ceremonies to promote relaxation. For Ecstatic Dance purposes, our Kava tea assists in dropping into our bodies more deeply and enhancing the overall embodiment experience.

Mona "Moon Ivy" Cee is inspired by the ways that embodied expression, cocreation, ritual, and connection weave together to create real magic. She is a DJ, ecstatic dance facilitator, and producer for transformational events throughout Northern California. From her nest in the mountains of Santa Cruz, Mona’s music soars forth as a sacred frame to empower exploration of our most primal connection to emotion, energy, and possibility. Her experience as a doula, childbearer, and passionate advocate for consent culture brings a fierce love and authentic care into every sacred space she attends. Mona invites us to dive deep into our hidden roots so that we can arise more grounded and powerful than ever before.

For the past decade and a half, Daniel has combined his passion for dance and music with his Masters Degree in Education to create potent experiential containers for embodiment.
He is the cofounder of Contact University, Ecstatic Dance Santa Cruz, and the founder of the National Ecstatic Dance Bus Tour. He deejays, teaches and facilitates internationally and is based in Santa Cruz, CA.

$20 at the door ($15 Students/Seniors)
This is an all ages event!

It is a smoke and scent free space. No shoes, no booze, no talking on the dance floor. Yes to community, creativity, connection,sacredness, and expression!

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