Dance. Love. Liberate.
Everyone can do it. Don't You Feel It Too? is the simple and beautiful act of dancing your inner nature in public places. It's a mind-body practice and behavioral art form for social healing and personal liberation, in ongoing development since 2008.
In 2017, thanks to a grant from Forecast Public Art, we celebrate 10 years of dancing in the streets. We invite the good and sometimes shy people of Minneapolis and St. Paul to get out there and dance at any of the 75+ events this year. Dance for exercise and stress relief. Dance for liberation and the common good. Or just because you’ve got great pocket music. The world needs you now more than ever, and it needs your dance. Don’t you feel it too?
Meet the PEOPLE behind this practice.
Two Ways to Donate to Don’t You Feel It Too?
1. Use this GiveMN link for convenience, or
2. For fewer handling fees, send a check, with "Grace Minnesota" in the memo line, payable to Springboard for the Arts, 308 Prince Street, Suite 270, St. Paul, MN 55101 .
“No activity up to this moment in life has been more refreshing, more uplifting, or more liberating than what I experienced today.”
– Hannah, University of Minnesota student
With your gift, you will support, in 2018:
► the public practice -- 60+ free sessions in 10+ different locations in the Twin Cities.
► 15 radical community care workshops at the intersection of dance, activism, healing, and spirituality.
We make a world where dancing in the streets is real, natural, and available to everyone. A new art, a new way of being. THANK YOU for your support!
Don't You Feel It Too? and Grace Minnesota is a sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions on our behalf may be made payable to Springboard for the Arts and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
THE BASIC INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Love your music.
2. Move honestly, fearlessly.
3. Feel what you feel.
HOW TO PREPARE:
1. Bring earbuds and your pocket music--music you LOVE.
2. Wear comfortable shoes that protect your feet.
3. Be prepared to dance rain or shine.
4. If possible, leave stuff in your car or at home so that you can dance freely. (If the session is part of a class or workshop, we will have have a secure place for your belongings.)
Don't You Feel It Too? at Open Streets on Nicollet Mall
Saturday, December 16
11:00AM-12:00PM, Peavey Plaza and nearby
Warm up your wild winter spirit with dancing in the streets! Join Don't You Feel It Too? for this special winter practice of public dance, exercise, and inner-life liberation. IMPORTANT: to participate, bring your awesome pocket music. We'll have earbuds to give you if you forget yours. Dress for cold. Start at Peavey Plaza. Dare to dance!
More info about Open Streets
Race, Love, and Liberation: Applying Spiritual Practice to Racial Justice
Oct 19-22 / CLOUDS IN WATER ZEN CENTER
A weekend with Rev. angel Kyodo williams focusing on transformative social change, open to all faiths and non-faith. Activities included meditation and movement, dharma talks by Rev. angel, Q & A, and small group discussions.
Seats are expected to fill up quickly for this extraordinary weekend. Registration deadline is September 22.
Rev. angel Kyodo williams is an internationally renowned Buddhist trainer, author, social visionary, and maverick spiritual teacher. She has been called “the most intriguing African American Buddhist in America” by Library Journal. Her book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, has been hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and a “classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Her newest book, Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, explores racial injustice as a barrier to collective awakening.
Location: Clouds in Water Zen Center, 445 Farrington Street, St. Paul, MN 55103
>>>RETREAT for People of Color, Thu. and Fri. 10/19-20, $150
>>>RETREAT Open to All, Sat. 10/21, $150
>>>3-DAYS PACKAGE for People of Color, 10/19-21, $250
Additional Events Open to All (No registration needed. Suggested Donation of $25-$100 per event.)
>>>Fri. 10/20, 7 – 9 pm, Public meditation and dharma talk
>>> Sun. 10/22, 9 – 10:30 am, Public meditation and dharma talk
>>>Sun. 10/22, 1 – 4 pm, Open discussion
For full details on times and costs, see this FLYER. Scholarships and Financial Assistance are available.
To register, visit the Clouds in Water website.
Don't You Feel It Too? is a proud co-sponsor of this event.
Join us for our first-ever DYFIT SYMPOSIUM/retreat, an event celebrating our 10th year of dance, love, and liberation.
1:00-4:30PM / 4:30-5:30 Happy Hour
Location: The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave, Mpls 55407
/meditation and dancing
/panels, conversations, sharing
**For those who can and wish to, we'll be sitting on the floor. We'll have yoga mats. Please bring a cushion. We'll also have chairs.**
Free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
In the evening, see Marcus’s work as Collaborating Director for Ananya Dance Theatre’s new production Shyamali.
Take the DanceBreak Challenge for your confidence and well-being! Not a smoke break or a coffee break. Take three short dance breaks a day for a week. Do something daring, and practice joy through public dance.
Join the Challenge community. You can do it wherever you are: Grab headphones, play your pocket music, and dance in the streets! And PRIZES are available.
To find out more and register, go HERE.
Registration closes 5:00PM, Wednesday, Aug 16.
DAILY DANCESPOT, Mon - Thu, 5:30-6:00pm
Once a day, you have the option to take your DanceBreak with others at a DanceSpot at 5:30pm. Meet others in the Challenge, and support each other! Everyone is welcome even if you haven't registered.
Location: Midtown YWCA entrance area, 2121 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
HAPPY HOUR, Fri, 5:00-6:30pm
Come celebrate your achievement at the DanceBreak Challenge Happy Hour on the last day, Friday, August 18. Snacks are provided, and we'll have PRIZES for some lucky winners. Drop by anytime.
Location: Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, 3009 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
If you have any questions, please contact: DontYouFeelItToo@gmail.com
The DanceBreak Challenge is created in partnership with the Minneapolis Downtown and Midtown YWCA. For ten years, DYFIT has been teaching the practice of dancing our inner lives in public places.
ANANYA DANCE THEATRE
Shyamali: Sprouting Words explores how dissent fuels life force and growth, and recognizes the courage of women who speak up and talk back to sustain communities against injustice. “Shyamali” means “dark green” in Bengali, invoking the resilience of grass, which springs up when trod upon.
Marcus Young serves as Collaborating Director is this production. Ananya Chatterjea's choreography combines the poetry of Contemporary Indian Dance in a practice anchored in social justice and invokes the spirit of Dakini, traditionally embodied by destruction, chaos, and transformation.
Other collaborators include composer Greg Schutte, scenic designer Joel Sass, media designer Darren Johnson, costume designer Annie Cady, lighting designer Kevin A. Jones, and the dancers of ADT.
Visit HERE for tickets, or call 651.690.6700.
Photo by V. Paul Virtucio
Dance in the face of fear and hate! Join thousands in a dance action at Twin Cities Pride on Saturday, June 24. Every year anti-LGBTQ protesters come carrying hateful signs. The participatory public dance practice Don’t You Feel It Too? will be on site to create a joyful buffer against them. Bring your music and headphones. Join the ongoing roving dance party and the two All-Pride Dance Breaks at 2:00 and 4:00PM.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Loring Park, near BERGER FOUNTAIN, near Willow St. and Yale Pl.
10:00AM - 6:00PM, join us for any part of the day.
Dance with Pride! DANCE YOUR PRIDE! The world needs us now more than ever, and the world needs our dance.
More info on Facebook
Mn Artists Presents: Marcus Young
Thursday, May 4, 5-9 pm
Walker Art Center, Free
How is art a resource for daily life? When does our own behavioral practice of life become art? Mierle Laderman Ukeles reminds us not to undervalue the mundane work of maintaining life: "After the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?" But what if there isn’t going to be a revolution? Or what do we do with our minds, bodies, and spirits while we work on that revolution, especially at a time when the world is in need of healing? With conversations, viewing experiences, guided meditation, protest singing, and more, the evening's events explore how behavioral practice becomes healing becomes art.
Schedule of events:
5-8:15 pm: Meditation space facilitated by Dr. Joi Lewis and Myra Rucker - Main Lobby
5-9 pm: Re-performance of Emma Sulkowicz's Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) by Reb L. Limerick and Laura Torgeson - Hennepin, Cargill, and Main Lobbies
5:30-6 pm: Phone conversation on gratitude with Mierle Laderman Ukeles - Cinema
6-6:30 pm: Skype conversation on resilience with Emma Sulkowicz - Cinema
6:30-7 pm: Mindfulness tour of galleries with meditation instructor and Walker tour guide - Departs from Main Lobby
6:15-7:30: Live acupuncture demonstration with Dr. Xinrong He - Cargill Lobby
7:30-8 pm: Mindfulness tour of galleries with meditation instructor and Walker tour guide - Departs from Main Lobby
8:15-8:45 pm: Vocal performance with Passed Presents (Jayanthi Kyle and Alicia Steele) - Main Lobby
8:45-9 pm: Closing reflections - Main Lobby
"Dance. Love. Liberate."
Thursday, May 11, from 3:30-5:00pm
LOCATION: Ring Road, by the flagpoles
Bring your favorite music and earbuds. Come ready to move. Watch a 60-second how-to video.
"Dance. Love. Liberate" is a participatory dance action at UC Irvine. It's flash mob meets mind-body practice meets street activism. Everyone is invited to try this fun workshop to dance for what they believe in and experience liberation for all. It's also good exercise and stress relief. Learn this alternative way of being powerful in public space!
This activity is presented by the Illuminations Program, working in collaboration with QTPOC Festival, The Coup de Comedy Festival, and the Global Improvisation Initiative Symposium.
Want to volunteer for this radical and joyful movement? Don’t You Feel It Too? seeks your expertise and generosity in these ways:
>>Develop a creative social media campaign
>>Make us look good by editing photos, creating a flyer and letterhead
>>Design our first online donor campaign
>>Help us figure out music sharing and increasing accessibility to music
>>Join an event production team
>>Document DYFIT with your photography or video skills
>>Perform a study of DYFIT