Ancestral Dance is a ritualized dance form that’s emerged over years of weaving improvisational movement and ancestral lineage healing. These group rituals provide opportunities to directly commune with our ancestors and make offerings to the collective ancestors of blood, place or tradition. Ancestral Dane Rituals acknowledge the complexity of engaging with blood ancestors and emphasize energetic protection for the process of cultural repair and connection. Thus, these dances are safe places to commune directly with well ancestors in service of personal, ancestral and cultural healing. Combined with teachings on ancestral repair (methods I’ve trained extensively in with Dr Daniel Foor of Ancestral Medicine), improvisational movement gives space for release of the heaviness from ancestral patterns and integration of the unclaimed gifts at a bodily level. Gratitude & joy, grief & rage are all welcome as we explore the blessings and burdens of our ancestral inheritance and dance for collective healing.
Ancient peoples around the world have danced their grief and praise. Dance has been an essential part of sacred rituals for healing, marking important passages and communion with deities. Ancestralization and funerary rituals have also included dancing as a way to help the dead transition and rest well with the ancestors. While some traditions remain in tact, many have been repressed, criminalized and sometimes punished by death.
Ancestral dance strives to remember and reclaim claim this birthright to lost ways, lost mysteries and bridge the worlds for reconnection with and ancestralization of the dead through movement and ritual. (See Ancestral Healing page for more about ancestors.)
My life has been dedicated to dance as a form of prayer. Over the past two decades, I’ve explored, developed and facilitated a variety of embodied, ecstatic movement rituals in service personal and group healing. Through practice, I’ve learned to access expanded states of consciousness to connect with the other-than-human realm and have developed or more likely remembered ways of ancestral connection and healing through the dance.