Dances of Universal Peace

Course Dates: 21/06/20
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Experience joyfulness; connect with others through moving, chanting and singing words from many spiritual traditions. We will dance in a circle creating a sense of peace and unity. The steps and movements are easy; suitable for complete beginners.


What is the course about?

The Dances of Universal Peace are a powerful way to connect with others, to experience the heart of many spiritual
traditions and draw on them for inspiration. Through moving, chanting and singing together we may create a sense of peace and unity – a sense of joyful oneness.
We most often dance in a circle using devotional movements and chants.
• The Dances of Universal Peace were originally created in the late 1960’s by Samuel Lewis, who studied many of
the world’s spiritual traditions. He was a lifelong practitioner of Zen Buddhism and Zen Roshi. His Hindu guru was
Papa Ram Dass. He taught Christian mysticism and, being Jewish by birth, was well versed in the Kabballah. The
Dances were inspired by his Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, who first brought Sufism to the West, and Ruth St
Denis, an American feminist pioneer of sacred dance. Following Hazrat Inayat Khan and the ‘Unity of Religious
Ideals’ - that the truth at the heart of all religions is the same truth - Samuel Lewis envisaged a dance form which
would embody this ideal; one which would allow people to directly experience for themselves such states as joy,
peace, harmony and unity.
The day will include dances which range in mood from joyful to contemplative. The dances are
based on simple steps and are done in a group, sometimes with a partner section.

What will we cover?

• Dancing in a group, sometimes with partners
• Singing sacred phrases from a variety of spiritual traditions and in many different languages
• Connecting with others through heartfelt and gentle structured movements
• Opening to ourselves and experiencing a heightened state of awareness.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Participate in group chants in many languages
• Perform many dance steps as part of a circle and with a partner
• Open to joy and inspiration in yourself and through contact with others
• Deepen your understanding of and connection with a variety of spiritual traditions.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for everybody regardless of age and gender. You will need to be able to follow verbal instructions, sing simple chants and use spatial awareness within a group.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The tutor will instruct, demonstrate and explain each chant and step. You will work in a big group and with partners at times.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear comfortable clothing. No special shoes required.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other movement classes run by the Health and Lifestyle department.


Customer Reviews 6 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

DUP has been called body prayer. It is prayer set in motion through song, movement and dance. It allows insight into deep being of our selves and communion with others in a short space of time. I always leave feeling on a high. It is inclusive of all beliefs and those who hold none.
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Review by Graham H / (Posted on 23/02/2020)
The Dances of Universal Peace are the easiest way I have found to feel your own spirit and safely meet the spirit of others . They are truly inspirational and uplifting. I recommend that anyone who sees themselves on a spiritual journey or is exploring their deeper selves try them as a way to complement any other practices they do. I am indebted to these dances for showing me the way body , mind and spirit are all interconnected and can be experienced as one.
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Review by Graham Hale / (Posted on 18/03/2019)
Come dance with us!
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Review by Renate / (Posted on 29/10/2018)
This was a very uplifting day led by a calm and skilled teacher. The course description is perfect, we did create a deep sense of peace and unity through dance.
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Review by Hannah / (Posted on 24/06/2018)
Great day of dancing in community; well-led and enjoyable.
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Review by BT / (Posted on 02/11/2017)
Very enjoyable. The tutor is experienced and it was a nice group with a mixture of complete beginners and some experienced learners. I'm already looking forward to the next course!
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Review by Ummiah / (Posted on 01/11/2017)
Tutor Biographies
Sophia Nicholson Tutor Website

Sophia first encountered the Dances of Unversal Peace at Findhorn in 1990 and was immediately touched by their power to transform through an atmosphere of peace, joy and deep healing. She has been leading the Dances since 2009, both in regular groups and at Dance camps. Sophia has led Dances with children, adolescents and adults with learning difficulties and has led Dances at celebrations of birth and at the end of life, and at seasonal ceremonies. Sophia is on the Guidance Panel of Dances of Universal Peace UK, the organisation supporting the Dances and Dance leaders in this country. She has been teaching at Citylit since 2017 and has very much enjoyed sharing the Dances with people from all walks of life, many of whom have never met the Dances before. "It's amazing to see how quickly a feeling of warmth and openness is built up within a diverse group of people who have never met before. The Dances are grounding, invigorating and elevating, bringing us into closer connection with ourselves and each other."

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: FKF92

Sun, day, 21 Jun - 21 Jun '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £29.00
Senior fee: £29.00
Concession: £29.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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