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What Happens in Dance Chapels?

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Dance chaplains, gently guide participants to enter into body and soul through prayer, movement, voice, breath, honoring all the beautiful, challenging poetics of life.

Chapels tend to be small enough so that when we join a chapel, we are each invited to light a candle, virtual or real, and share an intention.

Next, the leader guides a simple warm-up and meditation inviting all parts of body and soul into the dance.

We often pause to welcome stillness, savor, notice and affirm our body’s wisdom.

Each chapel leader offers a theme and approach that is unique. The mid section of a chapel is about nourishing body and soul with inspirational practices using movement, writing, or other media.

In the third and last section of a chapel, we partner with another participant for a “Dance on Behalf of.” We may use the chat box to briefly request that our partner dance for something that needs support. In prayer, one partner then dances on behalf of the other as they witness. Then we change roles. Dancing on behalf of one another conveys the heart of our deepest wishes for one another. It is often a relief to go below and beyond words.

The chapel may conclude with a deep breath, final word, and blowing out our candles.

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