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Sun, Mar 18


236 W 23rd St

I-Opener Dance NYC - March Beginnings

We're super excited to bring this event to our NYC dance tribe and offer our unique flavor of experience... combining art, connection, introspection, nourishment, awareness, and incredible music from around the world ... I-Opener aims to lift your spirit, move your body, and expand your being!

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I-Opener Dance NYC - March Beginnings
I-Opener Dance NYC - March Beginnings

Time & Location

Mar 18, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

236 W 23rd St, 236 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011, USA

About the event

"Welcome to a new monthly free-style morning dance. Our intention is to gather in community, and become more connected to our body and to each other. We will start with a warmup then dive into a wave of ecstatic dance. The music will lead us from slow mellow tempo, to juicy world bass beats, high vibration peak, and playful, heart-opening melodies."

~Invitation quote from our first I-Opener Dance in Boston, Valentine's Day, 2016

Years of I-Opener events later we're a thriving ever-expanding dance community! Our events started with 40 devoted movers and now attract hundreds... weaving together a blissful morning of connection, co-creation, and dance!!!

We're super excited to bring this event to our NYC dance tribe and offer our unique flavor of experience... combining art.. connection... introspection... nourishment... awareness... and incredible music from around the world ... I-Opener aims to lift your spirit, move your body, and expand your being into full expression and ecstatic bliss.


I-Opener Dance NYC - March 18th


Move as you wish a in a judgement-free space, all ages and backgrounds welcome, engage as little or as much as you like. You may participate in the dance or just enjoy witnessing. The music is a colorful mix of world fusion balancing electronic and organic flavors weaving in elements of tribal beats, latin melodies, world base, festival house, soulful acapella, and much more! There’s interactive art, space for prayer or meditation, an area for flow toys, a kids corner with family actives, community networking hub, chill zone, and room to express yourself as the music inspires you.

▬ ★ PROGRAM ★ ▬

10:00 am Doors open, Welcome

10:15 Opening Ceremony/Warmup with Rachel Santos

10:45 DJ'd Ecstatic Dance with DJ Luminus

12:20 Closing Circle

$15 Early Bird

$20 Online Registration

Entrance is $25 at the Door ($20 after 11:00)

** work exchange available - please message Sarah Monette at least 3 days in advance of the event to join our crew! spots fill up quickly **


Warmup - Rachel Santos

Rachel is a practitioner of Healing Touch, Reiki, and a huge range of bodywork modalities. She teaches Tao Tantric Arts and Universal Healing Tao Chi-Kung, as well as Anahata Yoga and the 5-Element Form: A Dance of Shiva and Shakti. Rachel is trained in Sacred Cacao Dance Ceremony and so much more from her beloved friend and mentor Daisy Kaye. She lives in gratitude for all of her guides and teachers in performing arts, dance, ritual, ecology and healing arts.

Artist - DJ Luminus

Marek is an international DJ and facilitates events and workshops throughout New England and around the world. He has over eleven years of experience working as a Focusing therapist and has extensive training in Internal Family Systems. He's passionate about discovering places in the body that hold distress, accessing them and allowing them to heal through self-love and creative expression. As a DJ he plays a colorful mix of world fusion, balancing electronic & organic flavors for ecstatic dances, CI jams & festivals.

Ceremony Leader - Sarah Monette

Sarah leads Authentic Relating events throughout the Northeast and abroad to help individuals and collectives discover more meaningful ways of interacting and promote deeper connections within communities through Synthesis Connection - Authentic Relating. She’s trained in psychosynthesis, mediation, and facilitates a variety of compassionate communication and ecstatic dance events. Sarah has a passion for relational systems and interpersonal growth, leaning into our edges and discovering the many layers of connection at both gatherings and in our everyday lives. Along with facilitating she loves to dance and is often off DJ'ing around the world.


1. Conversation outside the dance space

2. Judgement free, move however you wish

3. Respect yourself and one another

Connect with inquiry before assumption, give yourself permission to be present and free of digital distractions, enjoy a natural high, and co-create the experience with consideration.

Any concerns at any point can be addressed with an available Space Holder... listed at the entrance table.

▬ ★ LOCATION ★ ▬

The Chelsea Shul - Cong. Emunath Israel

236 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011, USA

Entrance door located between Metro Stops 23rd & 7th or 23rd & 8th, between Gotham Comedy Club and Hotel Chelsea

▬ ★ CONNECT ★ ▬

Ecstatic Dance is happening all the time in NYC!!

Follow our Page I-Opener NYC Dance

Join our Group I-Opener NYC Community

And check out our website

Upcoming Events:

March 11 I-Opener Dance: Planting Seeds (Boston MA)

Mar 24/25 I-Opener Dance Spring Retreat (Shutesbury MA)

April 8 I-Opener Boston

Apr 22 I-Opener NYC

Apr 29 I-Opener/Dance Spirit Dance Epic Collaboration!

(Montague Retreat Cntr, Montague MA)

May 13 I-Opener Boston

May 27 I-Opener NYC

June 10 I-Opener Boston

June 17 I-Opener NYC

Be sure to check out other local dance events!

Ecstatic Dance NYC

5 Rhythms NYC

Dance New England - DNE

Dance Lab

Inspired by and with kind permission of the worldwide Ecstatic Dance community! Ecstatic Dance is happening everywhere: Hawaii, Belgium, San Francisco, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Seattle, Boston, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Ibiza and more!





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  • I-Opener NYC - Karma Support

    *** Super helpful to our starting up in NYC and developing our dance!! ***

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