Dance Beyond Halloween at Dia de los Muertos Celebration

By October 22, 2016Local

Ecstatic dance is for everybody, and from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. November 2, there will be a community dance celebrating Dia de los Muertos—the Mexican holiday known as Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is a joyous celebration of life and honoring family and friends departed. The family-friendly event will also highlight the move of Ecstatic Soul Sessions’ mid-weekly community dance from East Austin to their new location in the 78704 neighborhood.

There will be a Dia de los Muertos ofrenda—an altar where participants are invited to place offerings such as photos or flowers to honor loved ones. Participants may come in costume, unplug from gadgets and drop into sacred play, prayer, and body/mind/soul celebration.

After the November 2 event, ecstatic dance with Ecstatic Soul Sessions will continue every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at their new location, Rattletree School of Marimba. Mia E. Pem and Terry Teaters created Ecstatic Soul Sessions, and featured facilitators include Donna Starnes, Oscar Madera, Amparo Garcia-Crow and Jason Traweek.

Ecstatic dance with Ecstatic Soul Sessions is a lightly facilitated space for each individual to move as internally guided and for the community to connect through free expression and sacred communion. The music is inspired by the wave of the Five Rhythms.

In honor of the wilderness within that an ecstatic dance practice preserves, 10 percent of the proceeds from Ecstatic Soul Sessions dances goes to The National Wildlife Federation, preserving the wilderness on this planet.

Cost: $12 at the door; $5 youth ages 17 to 22; kids under 17 free. Location: 2401 Thornton Rd., Austin. For more information, visit