A new dance move­ment in Canggu

Bali & Beyond - - CONTENTS - By Nineth Rachma Sa­madi Bali Jalan Padang Lin­jong No. 39, Canggu 0812-3831-2505

Sa­madi Bali, a hub for al­ter­na­tive healthy and heal­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with a beau­ti­ful and nat­u­ral tropical set­ting in Canggu, of­fers var­i­ous yoga classes, yoga teacher train­ing and re­treats. It also serves guests with daily fresh de­li­cious veg­e­tar­ian cui­sine at its Sa­madi Kitchen and holds Canggu’s most pop­u­lar Sun­day Mar­ket that fea­tures ar­ti­san prod­ucts and or­ganic fruits and veg­eta­bles. And now, Sa­madi Bali just added a new sig­na­ture pro­gram to their ex­ist­ing sched­ule, the Ec­static Dance Jour­ney.

The Ec­static Dance Jour­ney is a 90-minute dance class in a fa­cil­i­tated space, con­ducted by Jacque­line who sets the theme and the whole func­tion of the room. Un­like other dance classes, here there is no such thing as chore­og­ra­phy or se­quences, not even right or wrong move­ments, and most im­por­tantly no one judges how par­tic­i­pants flow with the beat.


First timers might ex­pe­ri­ence a few min­utes of self-con­scious, think­ing, “What if I do it wrong? What if ev­ery­one stares at me?” There’s no need to worry though be­cause soon enough they will re­al­ize that ev­ery­one fo­cuses on their own moves. Ec­static Dance Jour­ney is more of a move­ment med­i­ta­tion where par­tic­i­pants have to be in a con­stant mo­tion to con­nect with them­selves and, if they want to, with oth­ers in the room while re­spect­ing other’s space.

Jacque­line be­gan con­duct­ing classes in May this year, and they quickly gained pop­u­lar­ity amongst Canggu res­i­dents and dance com­mu­nity. What used to be a on­cea-month class has now be­come once a week due to high de­mand. Ec­static Dance Jour­ney has now be­come one of the most hap­pen­ing weekly events in Canggu. Ac­cord­ing to Jacque­line, this dance is about let­ting go of con­trol to re­ally feel and ex­pe­ri­ence the en­ergy and our phys­i­cal bod­ies. The dance helps us break out of ha­bit­ual move­ment pat­terns to move

more freely, cre­at­ing new neu­ron path­ways to open up the whole en­ergy body, as well as rais­ing sex­ual en­ergy and un­der­stand­ing our bod­ies fully by only mov­ing the way our body wants to move.

Jacque­line’s class typ­i­cally starts with gen­tle mu­sic play­ing to in­vite us to get into our body. Then, she guides and en­cour­ages par­tic­i­pants to start mov­ing – this warm­ing up ses­sion usu­ally takes up to 15 min­utes be­fore she calls par­tic­i­pants to as­sem­ble in a cir­cle, where she wel­comes ev­ery­one and ex­plains the process and sets the in­ten­tion and the theme of the evening. Jacque­line also ex­plains the rules – no talk­ing dur­ing the class, we just need to talk with our own body.

When the cir­cle breaks, peo­ple spread out and are guided through the first main part of the class called “awak­en­ing the dancer”. Jacque­line guides us to con­nect with our body from toes all the way up to the top of our head, invit­ing us to con­nect with a spe­cific body part, let it move and get in­ti­mate with that part of the body. This process helps us build in­ti­macy with each of our own joints and re­moves stag­nant en­ergy from our body.


The sec­ond part of the class is called the Kun­dalini shake. Stand­ing as wide as your own hips, you need to shake your pelvis while keep­ing your feet on the ground. This step takes five to ten min­utes and as time goes by, the shake will be­come more nat­u­ral. In to­day’s mod­ern world, emo­tions are of­ten sup­pressed which cre­ates ten­sions and trau­mas in your body. This shake is a medicine cre­ated by indige­nous cul­tures to re­lease those ten­sions and trau­mas. The main thing is to keep your feet on the ground, be­cause through those shak­ing move­ments you are giv­ing and re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion to and from the earth, and the en­ergy bounces up through your body. Dur­ing this part, con­scious breath­ing is im­por­tant; you need to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Last but not lease, mak­ing noise with your voice are also en­cour­aged.

As the en­ergy flows at this stage, and the mu­sic tracks have built up from chilled to up­beat rhythms, you

are at the last part; let­ting go. In this ses­sion, aside from en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to keep danc­ing, Jacque­line doesn’t give much guid­ance. You can ex­press your­self by mov­ing gently and slowly, or jump­ing up and down, or even crawl­ing like an an­i­mal. You just need to dance away and ex­press your mood through move­ments.

As the mu­sic be­comes more re­laxed, you dance more slowly. Then you lie down, and are guided back into a cir­cle where ev­ery­one can re­lease any sound or en­joy a mo­ment of silent med­i­ta­tion with beau­ti­ful mu­sic play­ing in the back­ground.


Born in Scot­land, Jacque­line first en­coun­tered Ec­static Dance Jour­ney through a med­i­ta­tion where she was danc­ing nat­u­rally. At that point, she re­al­ized that her con­scious­ness ex­pand­ing into mov­ing freely. She then found a shamanic dance group in Lon­don which she be­came a part of in 1999. Yoga has be­come her daily prac­tice since she was 19 years old and has saved her from a rather abu­sive life. This out-of-the­box yoga teacher has also been teach­ing yoga in Cape Town in South Africa for 10 years, and is cur­rently en­joy­ing her life in Bali, teach­ing those who are seek­ing a trans­for­ma­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

Jacque­line in­vites ev­ery­one to come to her Ec­static Dance Jour­ney class at Sa­madi Bali ev­ery Thurs­day at 7.30 p.m. With ben­e­fits be­yond car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness, this class also helps re­lease stress and toxin from the body, and gives a sense of free­dom for ev­ery­one with no danc­ing ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired. This is the place where we can con­nect with peo­ple with­out talk­ing to any of them and be free to ex­press what is within our heart. Ec­static Dance Jour­ney can also be very emo­tion­ally mov­ing for those who re­ally con­nect with them­selves dur­ing the ses­sion. In fact, many par­tic­i­pants leave the class weep­ing at the end.

No ex­pe­ri­ence, no judge­ment. Ev­ery­one is free to dance in this class.

The stu­dio.

Sa­madi Bali also has yoga classes.

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