All around the world, thousands will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first ‘Dances of Universal Peace’, all united in intention and circles which were first presented to the world on 24 June, 1968.
Since those early days with the original 50 or so dances created by Lewis, the collection has grown after his passing to more than 500 dances. Each dance celebrates the heart of one or more of the world’s wisdom traditions... Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as the Aramaic, Maori, Native American, Native Middle Eastern, Celtic, Native African, and Goddess traditions. New Unitarian and Humanist dances have also been created.
Since their beginning, the Dances have spread throughout the world, touching more than a half million people in North and South America, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Japan, India, Pakistan, Israel, Australia, Africa and New Zealand. New grass-roots Dance circles are continually springing up around the globe, with about 200 circles meeting weekly or monthly in North America alone and four dance circles here in Auckland. Other circles meet in Taupo, the Coromandel, New Plymouth, Kapiti Coast, Christchurch, and the far north.
June Dances and Contacts around Ponsonby:
Sunday, 10 June - Auckland Unitarian church, 10:30am-11:30am, contact Sally Mabelle, Sallymabelle@gmail.com, 021 0222 8782 (The dances on this morning are part of a church service.)
Thursday, 28 June - Auckland Unitarian Church, 1A Ponsonby Road (between Hopetoun Street and Karangahape Road) 7:30am-915pm contact Sally Mabelle firstname.lastname@example.org, 021 0222 8782
For more information: www.dupanz.org.nz