My friend, Liz, asked if Journey Dance was dancing to music by Journey.
My electronic response was brief. It’s like a free form movement/meditation to inspirstional music.
It is really better experienced than explained. The links above will provide a more in-depth introduction to the method.
From a personal perspective, the every other Sunday morning journey grants me permission and approval to march to my own drummer. I usually do anyway. Sometimes just half a beat ahead or behind everyone else. For the most part, I am a self-taught dancer. My older sisters and their friends would literally roll up the rug in our dining room (we never had a table in that room) before and after school sometimes. They would dance with each other. Then disappear either to school or the “hall.”
The legendary “hall” was the upstairs teen area of the small town town hall. I was never old enough to go before it closed down. But I knew things were happening at the “hall.” Music from the juke box; dancing with boys sometimes; playing pool or ping-pong; drinking Pepsi out of the machine. In retrospect, they were on a journey. Anyway, I was just a little kid and none of them would dance with me. I watched them. I watched the regular dancers on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
I had a life-size dancing doll. The elastic bands on her feet conveniently strapped to my own but that didn’t provide the same type of experience I observed. There were a couple of doors leading in and out of the dining room. When I grabbed the door knob and swung the door back and forth without closing it, the movement closly mimiced a live dance partner. If I was really careful, I could play the 45s on the record player while my sisters were off doing whatever it was they did. I danced. Needless to say when I was at last old enough to attend sock hops or other dances with breathing partners, I wa.s in the habit of taking the lead. So that is a drawback even now; I have a hard time following any man’s lead on the dance floor.
Journey Dance is not the style perfected with the door of my childhood, but I can do my own thing freely. The music moves and soothes my soul but it is not even close to rock n roll. The facilitator does provide suggestions and guidance but in essence, go with the flow as the body feels the music which becomes the guide. It is often a combination of the beat and the lyrics that fuel the soul. Safe to say the experience of Journey Dance may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is for me. Midway through, we randomly select scarves. The colorful addition creates a flowing, floating whisper to our graceful rhythmic sways and movements.
The group is small. Today there were six participants under the guidance of the facilitator. The next scheduled meet date coincides with the Safety Hartbor song fest weekend. Class will actually be on the waterfront in downtown Safety Harbor before the song fest begins for the day. I am looking forward to that opportunity; journey dance among the trees on the bay with the birds and butterflies.
If there is a journey dance class in your area it may be worth exploring. Years ago, I enjoyed yoga. I tried it in recent years and felt naseous and anxious. Sitting quietly to meditate is something I have tried but not mastered. Ballet, lyrical, jazz dancing all take years of training during youthful years. Journey Dance is the perfect blend of inspirational music and flowing movement. The meditation is more mindful awareness and being present in the moment.
Let your journey begin!