[Electric]: Emrah Kotan & New Anatolian Experience Atmaca

This ensemble featuring the belly dancer plays very well. This is an elegant piece of Turkish music that carries a strong rhythmic vibe and a great salsa feel.

Living and Dancing the Sacred

The central force animating ancient dance was the expression of love for the Divine. It is this expression which made dance an essential part of the great ancient cultures. Without this feeling in the heart of the dancer, the purpose of the dance is lost, and its healing and transformational energies cannot be conveyed.

Sacred Dance corresponds with Sacred Geometry, mimicking the arrangements of planets, stars, to the Earth. And if fingers, arms, legs, head positions are done incorrectly, the microcosmic energy is destroyed. One needs a teacher to correct angles, and timing – and it’s critical to have a qualified guru – because the Baraka, “life-force energy from God” – can only be transmitted from teacher to student. Learning from books or videos or just watching people does not connect you to the Divine directly and the power of the dance is lost.

Dance is to remind us of how to live our daily life. With God in mind, and love for our neighbors, hardships can be minimized and a general wellbeing for all increased. For through the dancer, the love and blessings can be conveyed to the observers. It’s the dancer’s job to portray this upliftment and happiness to others, and help erase the collective karmas of the community.

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