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Dancing Inward™ is a free-form conscious dance practice that blends aspects of ecstatic, trance, and meditative dance into a movement experience that ignites self-exploration, a profound sense of freedom, inner peace, and deep healing on all levels. Unique in its approach, Dancing Inward™ integrates movement, music, and mantra to create a sound healing experience designed to enhance vibrational frequency and elevate consciousness.

The Dance

The movement

Blending elements of ecstatic, trance, and meditative dance, Dancing Inward™ encourages the use of repetitive motion as a tool for learning how to let go of the thinking mind so deeper levels of consciousness may be explored without self-consciousness or judgement. Repetition provides a container for the mind to fully let go and journey into deeper levels of the subconscious. This often opens a doorway for moments of deep healing and transformation.

Dancing Inward™ teaches that every movement (internal or external) is an opportunity for the expression of Consciousness through form. The merging of these two worlds (Consciousness and form) is where creative expression comes alive. It is also the place where our own inner light is activated and amplified.

As every expression of Consciousness is unique, every movement is also original to each dancer. Dancing Inward™ provides a safe container for participants to express through movement in whatever way they choose. This freedom of movement provides a paradoxical unstructured structure that Dancing Inward™ participants come to love.

The Music

Dancing Inward™ is a conscious dance practice designed to take you on a transformational journey into yourself. The music facilitates this journey by carrying you through five distinct, yet seamless transitions called The 5 Progressions. These progressions set the stage for each dancer to go deep within using the power of sound, rhythm, and breath.

Developed specifically for Dancing Inward™, the music used contains a wide range of textures, sounds, rhythms, and energies all designed to evoke and explore different aspects and layers of yourself. The music pushes limits and bends rules, opening avenues for you to explore and question your identity, your attachments, and ultimately—who you truly are.

The Mantra

Mantra is a sanskrit word that means sacred sound. All sounds carry a specific frequency, and some frequencies are more healing and uplifting than others. Using this awareness, people in all areas of the world have used mantras for thousands of years to assist with meditation, healing, prayer, and ritual.

Dancing Inward™ uses the ancient Hebrew mantra: יהוה (pronounced “Yod Hey Wah Hey”), which translates to mean “I Am That I Am” or “I will become what I already am.” The vibration of this mantra tunes you into the truth of who you are beyond time, space, or even the concept of “I-AMness” (your sense of self).

The power of this chaitanya (activated) mantra is discussed before class and is offered as a tool to use during The Dance for those who feel called to use it. No one is required to use the mantra; it is completely optional.

The Breath

Breath is a powerful tool for transforming energy. In Dancing Inward™ we utilize the power of the breath to connect to the multi-dimensional aspects of our being.

Breath has the power to tap into our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of being. It can also facilitate the merging and balancing of these different aspects of ourselves so we feel more connected, aligned, and aware.

Dancing Inward™ teaches a specific use of the breath that aligns the breath with different energy points along the spine. The combination of this breath and spinal awareness helps to open energy channels in the body, which can facilitate the removal of physical or emotional blocks.

The breath pattern Dancing Inward™ teaches also helps to merge the heart and the mind, bringing balance to our rational, intuitive, and emotional levels of awareness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each dance experience is unique, which is the beauty and the pull toward engaging in a regular Dancing Inward™ class. Each dance is another opportunity for deeper levels of self-exploration, healing, and renewal. That said, there is an overall 4-part flow or structure to each class.

  1. Grounding: Every class will begin with a brief circle to anchor the group energy and provide an introduction to Dancing Inward™. If the class has a specific topic or focus, the instructor will offer it to the group at this time. This is also an opportunity to ask questions if you are new to Dancing Inward™.
  2. The Dance: The heart and soul of the class is the dance itself, which typically takes up the majority of the class time. The Dance is designed to take you on a progressional journey inward through the use of music, movement, and mantra.
  3. Stillness: Emptiness is the container that gives space and meaning to creative movement. Without it, your creative light—your dance—would have no depth. Conversely, movement can be a powerful gateway into the emptiness and stillness within. Each dance concludes with intentional stillness to integrate the energies released or ignited during the dance.
  4. Sharing: Dancing Inward™ is often a powerful experience for participants and it can bring unresolved energies to the surface for healing. The closing circle is a time for optional sharing to help integrate the experience and connect with the group.
No. The dance is free-form, meaning you may dance to the beat of the music (or to your own internal rhythm) at your own pace, honoring your body’s limitations. The instructor may provide helpful cues to support your process of going inward, but all external movements are your choice.
That’s perfect. Come dance for the first time or the hundredth time with a beginner’s mind. Come surrendered—not to anything outside of you, but surrendered to all your ideas and concepts of what it will be like, or what it was like before. Come completely present and make room for what is—now. In this moment.
No experience or fitness level required! Dancing Inward™ offers a safe container for participants to explore in whatever way feels appropriate for them in the moment. As stated in the title, the focus of Dancing Inward™ is on the inner experience happening within ones’ consciousness. The music and movement are facilitators and tools to deepen and enhance this inner awareness.
Sometimes this means a person’s external movements might be quite minimal, or perhaps even complete stillness—whether standing, sitting, or laying down. Any external or physical limitations a person may have—temporary or permanent—do not necessarily reflect a person’s ability to have a profound experience. That said, please let your instructor know if you have any physical needs or concerns so we can mindfully support you.
As this form of sacred dance asks participants to be in a more mindful or meditative state, Dancing Inward™ requests discernment when it comes to bringing children. While there is no age limit placed, please consider whether your child is mentally and emotionally mature enough to explore their dance in a self-reflective, meditative state. Children who are familiar with meditation, contemplation, and/or self-reflection and genuinely want to attend with an introspective intent are more than welcome to participate.
While all experiences are unique and different, here are a few reasons we’ve heard from our Dancing Inward™ community on why they keep coming back for more:
  1. Exploration & Inquiry: Dancing Inward™ provides a blank canvas for inner exploration and self-inquiry to some of life’s most important questions: “Who Am I?”…“Why Am I Here?” Combining sound, breath, and movement, Dancing Inward™ offers tools for exploring the multi-dimensional layers of the Self in an unconventional, yet extremely effective way.
  2. Healing & Renewal: Unlike other conscious dance practices, Dancing Inward™ focuses on not only healing through movement and breath awareness, but also through sound and vibration using healing mantras in the music. Many participants also choose to integrate the mantra with their breath during their dance, creating an even deeper opportunity for healing and renewal. Dance and movement in general is well-known to be a catalyst for change, creating an opening for letting go of anything that no longer serves.
  3. Energy & Balance: Dancing Inward™ has an amazing way of leaving you feeling both energized and calm at the same time. Uplifted, yet relaxed. Alive, and peaceful. Invigorated, yet tranquil.
  4. Connection & Community: Even though we are “Dancing Inward™”, we are still aware of, and connected to the group energy in which we dance. We move with the group dynamic, not in our own little bubble oblivious to it. Many people come for the deep level of silent connection they receive from dancing in the same space with other people who are sharing such a transformational journey. It is a profound experience for many to be so well-understood with so few words.
  5. Fun!: At the end of the day, no matter what comes up while dancing, the experience of a Dancing Inward™ class is fun, freeing, and extremely rewarding. It’s a fun opportunity to connect with like-minded people, move your body, and listen to great music. On a deeper level, many dancers feel a liberating sense of freedom, a deep sense of peace, and leave looking forward to their next opportunity to experience the magic of Dancing Inward™.
Dancing Inward™ was created and developed by Founder, Shalvah Orah, currently based out of Traverse City, Michigan. Shalvah travels and teaches globally, offering Dancing Inward™ classes, workshops, and teacher trainings (coming soon!) to an international following.

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