Excited is not the right word to describe how blessed we feel to be hosting Lila and Kait’s Dance Camp! ~ Performance Lab Intensive. So much so that we’ve asked for and received a the fantastic blog entry from Lila below. I encourage you to take the time to read along, and then learn more on The Divine Playground link at the end. Be well #puravidaasana
Dance Camp! ~ Performance LAB Intensive: Dream Awakening our Soul Bliss at Vida Asana
By Lila: visionary of The Divine Playground and co-producer of *Dance Camp!
The dynamic tension between who I was – and who I knew myself to be was too much. I desired to tell the stories of a new time, to inspire a world that worked for everyone in beautiful, artistic, entertaining and magical ways.
And I was self-conscious. The witness of an audience terrified me. As a child, even walking down the aisle in school or church was traumatic. I knew too well what my soul was calling for, although there were fears to overcome, and at the same time, I could see no other way. The shadow would rear its fangs if I became dis-embodied – in my head, and I would drown in unmanifest creative ideas. I longed to share, and express, and yet resistance was winning.
For me, dance has always been innate. The music plays, and like a baby, I move. I did so without thought of why or how, or who was watching. I was not performing. There were no expectations of me. I did it for my soul. For most of my years, I considered dance a hobby, or something that happened when the time was right – at a party, or in one moment, but not the next. My cultural conditioning told me that dance was not a right livelihood, that dance was too frivolous to be divine service, and somehow was less important.
I realized though, overtime, that I felt most alive, purposeful, and fulfilled while dancing. I was being danced by the universe! It was blissful, tantric, and even orgasmic. Were they watching? It didn’t matter. I could not, and would not deny myself of this bliss. I was not doing the dancing! This was profound. Memories of past lives surfaced, areas of my body found new joyful expression, and time and time again, dancing proved to be my highest bliss.
And yet, the story remained. I am not a trained dancer. I have no real performance schooling. Dancers dance from age 4. I kept stifling my own soul with story, with limitation, fears, and thoughts that the pursuit of dance was silly, not worthwhile, nor able effect change in the world, like policy or more “important” roles.
How could I then stay embodied, happy, feel amazing, and still serve humanity and the Earth for the good of all? Was I shaming my soul, by not honoring the gift of dance? Was I suppressing the giddy awe-inspired child within – the presence and grace I would experience, and the healing that I received while I danced?
Over time, I began to surround myself, and attract more performance artists and conscious beings – singing and dancing their prayers and passions into being. They felt magical and surreal, and these interactions sparked my soul to re-evalute the idea that embodied performance art might just be the most fun and effective passion I could pursue! I could inspire and empower healing, innovate conceptual frameworks, and share truths. I could dance the world I wished to feel and see into existence! For to merge the giddy joy of the inner child who is free, creatively expressing oneself with the potency, wisdom, and enchantment of serving humanity and the Earth. Well that felt divine! And to serve as a channel to expose the possibility of LOVE embodied in form, as a human? Yes. yes. yes.
>> Fast forward to present day. Dance Camp! Performance LAB (loveandbliss) is happening! As I began to share the desires of such an intensive supportive experience, in that same moment, two beautiful divine souls expressed that same desire, passion, and exalted joy for the potentiality and courageous empowerment of this project. They are Kait, our musical maven and sound healer, and Alicia, our circle facilitator and breathwork integration coach.
We all desired to feel our best, fully free in our body temples, to be strong and fit, confident, clear and empowered divine channels to share our love and dance with the world. We desired to train ourselves with focused dance technique and to inform our cellular memory with the multitude of ways that one’s instrument may be danced in grace, in precision, in joy, in emotional expression, and enchantment. And we desired to be confidently witnessed in the process, and to share more joy and empowerment with the world! Our soul’s were speaking, dancing, and singing loud and clear!
We are blessed that Sean and his family of Vida Asana accepted our project into their calendar and believed in the potent container that is *Dance Camp! The new moon cycle of April 17 to May 18 of 2015 will prove to be a powerful time, as we break through our fears, enlighten-up together, and say yes to our deepest soul’s calling and our dreams as dancers of the divine, and performing artists of a new time.