As a registered domestic non-profit organization, RhythmWave™ exists to offer, inspire, support, and create opportunities for Conscious Dance and dance education. What began as a humble theme camp in the dust and ash of Black Rock City in 2007 has become an international association of gifted Conscious Dance teachers and practitioners. In Black Rock City and around the world, we dance during the day, we dance at night; we dance together and by ourselves − but we never dance alone.
Conscious Dance is often described as a “moving meditation”, offering a medium through which one may discover and embody a new way of being and expressing, with intention and awareness.
Basically, Conscious Dance differs from “ecstatic dance” in the facilitated nature of the experience. Both are free-form and without choreography, with no limitations on body type or fitness level; but while ecstatic dance will typically have a DJ who selects the music, Conscious Dance will have a teacher or facilitator who suggests an intention and guides participants through the experience (to varying degrees, depending on the individual). Conscious Dance facilitators are often certified in recognized practices like Open Floor, Soul Motion, or Dancing Freedom – but almost all modern Conscious Dance can trace it’s roots back to Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms®, which remains a vibrant, thriving form of the practice.
Bringing RhythmWave to Burning Man will likely always be our biggest and most resource-intensive outreach effort, but as our network of Conscious Dance facilitators and practitioners has expanded, so has our mission. RhythmWave has become known for providing a certain type of dance experience. Not a specific style of dance (there are numerous, legitimate Conscious Dance styles now and all are welcome on our floor), but rather an energy and consistency, rooted in our commitment to our Shared Values… values which our sponsored dance offerings and facilitators both embrace and exemplify.