explore, honor and receive
the wisdoms of our planet's life-forms
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The 'Dance 4 the Species' is a contemplative journey into the hearts and minds of other species to celebrate and honor our connection with those species, and to see our lives and life choices from another life-form's perspective.
The 'Dance 4 the Species' is also an exploration of how we can use the wisdoms, passion, wit and strengths of other species in our daily lives to create a more sustainable planet and empower our lives.
Earth lovers are invited to help spread these dances worldwide as another way to connect with the ancient intelligence and ecological perspectives of the Earth's diverse and passionate life-forms. Dancers are also invited to create and send their 'Dance 4 the Species' ideas to greentopia(et)yahoo(dat)com so we can post it here. Another place to talk about the dance is the EarthE Yahoo Group and other circle dance sites.
The GreenMatrix 'Dance 4 the Species' form is described below. Other forms are mentioned in the D4S Forms section.
The GreenMatrix form is the original version of the 'Dance 4 the Species'. This form is based on four movements - TEAM, ART, LOGIC and LOVE - to give dancers and their "species guides" a chance to focus on specific dimensions of ecological awareness and action. In the GreenMatrix 'Dance 4 the Species' form, dancers may invite a different animal or plant to be their guide in each of the movements of the dance, or they can dance with the same species in all 4 movements.
Of course, corporations have also demonstrated the power of team, even though their focus is often destructive and dangerous for the biosphere. As Earth lovers, it is a crucial aspect of protecting the planet that we also come together to work as a team.
Profit obsessed advertising often abuses the communication arts used by humans and other species to destroy the biosphere. In these times, getting the dry information out there is usually not good enough to motivate change - serious info with a ingenious twist is easier hear and act on.
The Logic dimension is also an misty excursion into the future to see the domino effect of our eco-actions on life-forms and humans worldwide based on science, natural history and probability.
The LOVE dimension is also a realm to allow the energies and powers of our species guide, its family, the biosphere and the universal river of love to rejuvenate and nurture our body, mind and spirit.
By opening our hearts and minds to the possible perspectives of the other species and how their instincts, inner wisdoms and behaviors relate to TEAM, ART, LOGIC and LOVE in our lives, we have the chance to discover new ways to protect our priceless planet. Plus, once we have danced with and connected with our species guides, we can ask our guides to team up with us in our day-to-day work and actions to inspire and empower our Earth actions.
By the way, TEAM, ART, LOGIC and LOVE are also the basis for the Earth Accord, a global environmental pledge project.
D4S MUSIC /
60-90 minutes of live or recorded music is needed for one D4S dance. Although many styles of music might work for the 'Dance 4 the Species', it is usually best if most of the music for the dance is a contemplative, quieter style music that supports the dancers as they are move around the area while and exploring the philosophical, subconscious, and ethereal realms. Mellow instrumental or acoustic music - either live or recorded - is good for this.
The D4S dance has four movements. Each movement starts out with 2-5 minutes in which the dancers are moving slowly choosing a species guide for that section. These short segments at the beginning of the four movements are usually a quieter and more contemplative music. The remaining 10-15 minutes of each movement is for free-form dancing with the species guide and therefore has a more energetic style of music.
D4S MATERIALS /
All of the following materials are OPTIONAL but can enhance the dance experience.
+ Pictures of various species to place around the room for dancers to refer to and/or to help them find a species guide. Nature magazines and nature education cards are good sources for these animal and plant pictures.
+ 4 small tables, clothe, objects, candles, flowers to decorate North, South, East and West in the room.
+ Sound system.
+ Musicians' instruments/ Drum/ Shakers.
+ Money collection system if applicable. ['Dance 4 the Species' would greatly appreciate that you send 50 cents for every dancer in order to help support the world promotion of the 'Dance 4 the Species'.]
D4S EVENT SEQUENCE-TIMELINE
SETUP SPACE /(20-60 minutes)
+ Music system check.
+ Start nice background music to setup by and welcome dancers.
+ Nice tables and objects in four directions.
+ Pictures of various species on floor in a circle around the dance space.
+ Donation container with sign and/or collection center. [If you put on a 'Dance 4 the Species' that you charge for, please send us 50 cents for every dancer present to help support the 'Dance 4 the Species' organization.]
+ 'Dance 4 the Species' (and Earth Accord?) information table or location.
WELCOME - INTROS /(3-15 minutes)
Welcome dancers to the 'Dance 4 the Species'. For smaller groups, have dancers sit in a circle. If the group is small and you have plenty of time, invite each person to take a minute to introduce themselves. This also makes some time for late comers.
D4S OVERVIEW /(7-15 minutes)
Describe the concept of the D4S dance to the dancers. The sections called "'Dance 4 the Species'/ CELEBRATING THE BIOSPHERE" and then "4 DIMENSIONS 4 MOVEMENTS" on this page can be used in this description.
Dancers may also be told that they can either dance alone (in a more contemplative exploration of one's relationship with their species guide), or, dance with other dancers (in an inter-species celebration and exchange), or both.
LEAD THE D4S DANCE /(60-90 minutes)
See D4S CHOREOGRAPHY below for the description of the 4 movements of the GreenMatrix 'Dance 4 the Species' form.
AFTER DANCE WRAP-UP /(10-45 minutes)
Once the dance is complete, dancers may be invited to get together in small groups of 2-5 to celebrate the journey, tell others what they learned, discuss how to apply it to our lives, and talk about how to use what we learned to protect the biosphere. If you are a fan of the Earth Accord, now would be a good time to describe it and invite others to join in.
4 'DANCE 4 THE SPECIES' MOVEMENTS
Even though the following is the recommended order of the 4 movements, it can be changed if desired. Although the guide has a number of things they need to say during the dance, most of the time during the dance there are no words spoken to allow the dancers to can go deeper into the visualizations, contemplations, playfulness, interactions between other dancers and "inter-species communications".
1ST MOVEMENT - "TEAM" /(12-20 minutes)
Start "walking" music. (2-5 minutes) Invite dancers to get up and walk in a circle as the slower intro music begins - or turn around in one place if the group is large. During this walking section, invite dancers to choose a species guide - either one that is in the cards and pictures (if available), one they have in mind or one that calls out to them. Ask dancers to invite that species to join them in the dance.
Dancers then invite their species guide to start communicating any ideas or wisdoms related to the TEAM dimension that might be beneficial in the dancer's life, for humanity or for the planet. An example of TEAM used by a specific animal or plant is a fun addition here. The invitation to one of the Directions (North, South, East or West) to join in the dance may be included here as well.
Start "dancing" music. (10-15 minutes) As the more energetic music begins, invite dancers to dance go into a deeper dance and communication with their species guides. Invite dancers to dance around, explore the movements of their species guide and even the sounds the animal or plant might make.
The movement comes to closure as the music stops. Ringing a chime or playing a gong will take the group into a moment of silence to contemplate the gifts from this Dimension. It is important to have some means of bringing closure to each movement before starting the next dimension and its unique focus.
2ND MOVEMENT "ART" /(12-20")
Same as MOVEMENT 1 except comments relate to ART and the relevant Direction.
3RD MOVEMENT "LOGIC" /(12-20")
Same as MOVEMENT 1 except comments relate to LOGIC and the relevant Direction.
4TH MOVEMENT 4 "LOVE" /(12-20")
Same as MOVEMENT 1 except comments relate to LOVE and the relevant Direction.
Since the 'Dance 4 the Species' is just getting started, we are asking people who want to network with other D4S dancers to get together via VoxErth on Facebook.
All eco citizens are invited to help organize and/or lead a 'Dance 4 the Species' in their community -- to explore the possible perspectives, intelligence, passion and wit of the Earth's life-forms.
Starting a 'Dance 4 the Species' is a fun way to get friends and others to tune into their connection with other life-forms (and future peoples), and in turn, encourage them to take specific actions that will help protect those life-forms (and ourselves).
So join 'Dance 4 the Species' to power up the ecological actions in your community -- and to help manifest a lofty goal of 4000 'Dance 4 the Species' each month around the world.
The fourth Saturday of each month at 4:00 PM is the un-official time and day for the 'Dance 4 the Species' around the world. Of course, your dance group may choose to meet on a different date.
Once you decided to have a dance, contact Stele or Zia at greentopia(et)yahoo(dat)com or 72O.34O.8O8O. They can answer questions, might be able to help with the dance, and would love to hear how your dance goes.
The 'Dance 4 the Species' is based in part on the GreenMatrix, Speak EarthE and the Earth Accord. Here is a little bit about those influences.
The Earth Accord is a call to all Earth lovers to unite in a goal to give 4% or more in time* and/or income back to the planet via the dimensions of TEAM, ART, LOGIC and LOVE.
More info on the Earth Accord is at www.earthaccord.org.
Even though the precise benefits of our environmental lifestyles, environmental and political actions are sometimes difficult to trace, it is crucial that we envision those results so we can continue to be motivated to take those actions.
Plus, taking care of the planet is more fun and motivating when we understand the perspective, love and joy that other life-forms and humans experience. Envisioning how our eco actions benefit those life-forms and humans can even more motivating.
However, since the perspectives of other life-forms and humans, and our connections to these life-forms and humans are hard to see, it is important to explore these connections and perspective using visualization and "meta-physical journey".
(If advertisers can make people buy by using fantasy-world impossibilities... we can nurture environmental action by envisioning the possible real-world effects of our eco actions.)
All of the life-forms on our planet love to live… and live to love. If these species could thank us - and even kiss us - for our environmental actions that save their home and their lives, they probably would. Speak EarthE writers attempt to speak for these animals and planets in their stories and songs.
For more info on Speak EarthE and to get Speak EarthE stories, art and songs as a reward for your environmental actions, check out greentopia.org/s/SpeakEarthE/.
GreenMatrix Circle 'Dance 4 the Species' form. This is basically the GreenMatrix form done as a circle dance. This 15 to 90 minute dance can be used at Dances Of Universal Peace and Sufi dances. Contact Stele for guidelines.
Seasons 'Dance 4 the Species' form. This is basically the GreenMatrix form done using the 4 Seasons as the movements instead of Team, Art, Logic and Love. Contact Stele for guidelines.
If you have a good D4S form send it to me, Stele Ely at greentopia(et)yahoo(dat)com, and I will post it here or link to it.
July 16: The 'Dance 4 the Species' was a mainstage event at the DreamTime Festival event! About 100 people danced and another 30 watched. A good time was had by all and some inspiring experiences of course. Stele and Zia were the facilitators. Here is the *script that Zia and Stele used as an intro*.
Saturday Is EarthE Party Day: The first Saturday of each month is EarthE Party Day worldwide. Therefore, it is also a great day to have a 'Dance 4 the Species'. So consider inviting your friends, associates and community to a 'Dance 4 the Species' on the first Saturday, and introduce the EarthE at the end of the dance. Tell us all about how your dance went!
As well as the Dance, consider including at least one focus environmental "party favor" at your dance. Such as, having a letter writing campaign table, making flags, distributing membership info for your favorite enviro org, and teaching about efficiency actions such as using clotheslines and cleaning refrigerator coils.
Dance Leaders: Stele Ely and Zia Parker are available to lead dances some around the country. Contact them via greentopia(et)yahoo(dat)com or 72O.34O.8O8O.
We welcome those who would like to join the 'Dance 4 the Species' team. Send us few words as to what aspect of the project you are interested in. Certificates of achievement will be given to accomplished volunteers or interns. We will also be forming a board of directors.
'Dance 4 the Species' has a need for team members who would like to help develop the D4S strategies, PR, fun stuff, and web stuff. We also need help translating the 'Dance 4 the Species' into other languages!
Custom T-Shirts, Art And Gear /
To get 'Dance 4 the Species' t-shirts, tank tops, coffee mugs, mouse pads, notebooks, print or any other items please go to the EarthE Store. Right now we only have one 'Dance 4 the Species' t-shirt in the store. However, it only takes a few minutes to add that design to other CafePress products. So if you want us to create a CafePress product with the 'Dance 4 the Species' design for the EarthE Store please tell us.
D4S Dance Leaders /
If you are interested in getting help with learning how to lead D4S, or if you would like the dance presented to a group or business along with the Earth Accord concept, contact Stele Ely and Zia Parker via greentopia(et)yahoo(dat)com.
Custom Speak EarthE Songs /
Stele can compose and record a custom Speak EarthE song for you. These custom songs "sung by one of the species" are composed in in a folky, balladic form. These songs journey into a deeper connection with the Earth, and to specific life-forms on our planet. Tell us what species you want - or if you want "planet Earth" to sing it. Also tell us for whom and what your custom Speak EarthE song is for.
These custom songs make great gifts, or to give as a reward for someone's eco-actions, or as an incentive. If you want one written for yourself as a reward, that's fine too.
Prices for the custom Speak EarthE songs on CD range from $45 to $450. Contact Stele at greentopia(et)yahoo(dat)com or call 72O.34O.8O8O.
Get people to your 'Dance 4 the Species' by getting out the posters, posting to online calendars, newspaper calendars, bulletin boards, make phonecalls, send out a press release, contact other non-profit organizations and/or use local radio calendars.
Stele Ely and Zia Parker may be able to help with media, organization or at the event if you are putting on a D4S dance. Contact them via greentopia(et)yahoo(dat)com or 72O.34O.8O8O.
The 'Dance 4 the Species' is great for kids and young adults. We invite teachers and parents to incorporate the D4S into their natural science and environmental ed programs. Suggestions and lesson plan designers are quite welcome too.
"for all the life that lives to love and loves to live" s.e.
Dance 4 the Species / Greentopia
3454 Stanford Avenue, Boulder, Co 80305-5350