October 18, 2013
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Dance is the most ancient form of integrated movement that expresses many or all of the range of human movement. Dance has an element of trance and music integration, leading to ecstatic states, itself inspiring music. Dance is necessary because it creates a state of automation, which allows us to escape from the bondage of our mind. We value dance for its ability to free people from chaotic thoughts. Dance is a dynamic yantra, employing ever-morphing geometric forms in its flow.
The QiYo approach to dance uses Sufism,Sufism or taṣawwuf (Arabic: تصوّف) is defined by its adherents as the inner, mystical dimension of Islam. A practitioner of this tradition is generally known as a ṣūfī (صُوفِيّ). They belong to different ṭuruq or “orders”—congregations formed around a master—which meet for spiritual sessions (majalis), in meeting places known as zawiyahs, khanqahs, or tekke.
Qi-yo dance, founded on the Qi-Yo form created and developed by Swami Augung and Ariadne, begins with a physical warm up that prepares the body for the gathering, harnessing, and sharing of energy and uses. The original Qi-Yo movement vocabulary in varied combinations done either standing or traveling across the floor. Yoga asanas are gradually incorporated into these movement phrases, increasing in level of difficulty as students become more familiar with the Qi-Yo form and their bodies become conditioned to handle more sophisticated asanas. To allow for creativity within the class students are gradually encouraged to choreograph their own movement sequences with the building blocks given in class.
Qi-Yo dance is done to riveting music of varied dynamics and rhythms that captures the dancer that lives dormant within each one of you.