Just Dance!

(your way to god)

by Sw Divyam Kushad

sho's message to me is about finding who I am, going into the world and sharing my musical “sound.” Here in Vancouver I’ve come to value conscious community and I love to share my joyful creativity. With my partner Abheeru I love to create our twice-monthly community celebration, Just Dance.

How to share my love of music? Mom introduced me to it – we listened to the phonogragh together by the hour when I was young. For years I made tape compilations for myself, friends or parties – soft music for quiet listening. My music world was sweet, but unconsciously small.

Then, in l985, Osho came into my life! At the Oregon ranch, music was everywhere; people were dancing, moving, jumping, hugging, crying, and playing. With Kundalini and Dynamic meditation every day, therapy groups, the disco, and Osho’s drive-by, I was in my body five to seven hours a day for six weeks! I learned to breathe and move my body; I came alive, with or without a partner.

In May l993 Abheeru, disillusioned with the downtown dancing scene, created a place to dance freely and joyfully, to be ourselves – smoke and alcohol free. Just Dance was born! In the fall, I shared with Abheeru my enthusiasm for this kind of dance happening and by Christmas we offered our first Just Dance together.

Two years later our co-creativity expanded to a second monthly dance – World Rhythms – which I DJ by myself. Now as the sole DJ of the regular monthly Just Dance, Abheeru plays a very eclectic mix of music from around the world that is mostly high-energy yet at times becomes like a soft meditative trance. I focus on world beat, ethnic, Celtic and indescribable music from the childish to the ridiculous to the sublime.

For me it’s inspiring and joyful to help create a space where people can let go, play, sing, and tumble together. Children dance freely or play with friends or their parents. Quieter people snuggle up in the corners. Teens show up, dance in a group, hang out in cuddle piles or shoulder-rub chains. It’s a place for everyone to be alive, be themselves and let go.

In the week before the dance the telephone rings: “Hello, I’m calling about the dance! Can you tell me something about it?”

“Yes . . . um . . . aah, it’s a dance . . . an event . . . a happening . . . it’s a meditation!”

We’re explaining the unexplainable!

A couple of days before the dance we go through CD’s and tapes, phone and line up volunteers for set-up, childcare and admissions at the door. We start at 7:30 with Osho’s Kundalini meditation. In addition to regular participants, it’s common to have 3-15 new folks, ages 12-70, who’ve never done Kundalini before, who enjoy it and later purchase a tape or CD to do it at home. Some stay only for the meditation.

At 9:00 the music begins and it goes non-stop! Each Saturday has its own flavor as the mood of the evening creates itself out of the participation of everyone there. But always there’s a certain opening, a joy, a going inward as we explore moving, being with ourselves, each other AND the music!

Since I had no previous DJ experience when I started World Rhythms, the opportunity to share my discoveries of world beat, ethnic and other danceable?! music is both exciting and terrifying. I keep reminding myself that dancing and celebrating are my main focus. But DJ’ing involves planning music, pushing buttons, sliding mixer fader bars, and changing tapes and CD’s. It requires a sudden shift from dance, flow (right brain) to logic, coordinated motor skill (left brain). It is a constant device to stay in the moment – in my body – a challenge in the face of old childhood fears of having too much fun being associated with trouble and punishment. The joy of people I love, great music, and a beautiful hall make it all so worthwhile. We all seem to be affected – an opening and softening – a meditation in the market place.

Co-creating with Abheeru and friends at Just Dance leaves me chuckling for days afterward. Thank you Osho! Thank you all my friends who make the dances possible!

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