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Dances of Universal Peace

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New Year's Eve 

Global Peace Dance

Saturday, December 31, 2016
7:30 - 10:00
United Church of Gainesville,

1624 NW 5th Avenue, Gainesville, FL
 Doors Open at 7:00PM ~ Dancing begins at 7:30
$10 Suggested Donation


Sponsored by "Dances of Universal Peace International"
Happening all over the world on this night!
Led by DiAnahita Kanoy
with Music by Kathy Staines, Mary Fukuyama,
David Willkomm, & Jackie Davis

More info:    352 546-1345     FLRetreats@gmail.com
www.PeacockParadise.org     www.DancesOfUniversalPeace.org 

Patrick"The New Year's Eve Global Peace Dance was simply terrific!  Afterwards so many people commented that they felt energized and elevated by it. This will remain with everyone for a long time, and will help us all to build our dance practice individually and as a community."
.21 years of "Global Peace Dances" in Gainesville.
     The Dances of Universal Peace ('Sufi Dancing') honor sacred traditions of the earth by incorporating mantras & scripture of the world’s religions into melodic moving meditations.  The evening will include singing, dancing, & prayers, with everyone participating.
These dances are spiritual practice for many dancers, & we can help maintain the sacred, joyful atmosphere as we sing & dance.  It is customary to sing whole-heartedly, hold a minute or so of silence  after a dance ends, & to refrain from talking throughout the evening.
We are thankful for this opportunity to dance together in candle-light to celebrate the coming year with peaceful, joyful hearts.  Please sign in on arrival.
Wear comfortable shoes for dancing.
Kathy Staines - Guitar
David Willkomm - Percusssion
Mary Fukuyama - Dumbek & Flute
Jackie Davis - Stand-up Bass

RSVP with your name, guests, the event, & questions or comments.
RSVP is nice, but not necessary, for the Global Peace Dance; however, we enjoy anticipating your coming!
Practice with us the day before at 4 pm.
Please forward this invitation to your friends who might enjoy attending
God is Love, Lover & Beloved
Send Thy Peace, O Lord,
which is perfect & everlasting, that our souls may radiate peace.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Christmas ~ Peacock Paradise
Dear dear DiAnahita,     Your Christmas gathering Universal Peace Dances at Peacock Paradise was truly & absolutely one of the very very best Christmases I ever have had in my life! 
The dances & your teachings about the historical words derived from different languages, the combining of the songs, chants & musicians, & dancing together, created such an uplifting, soul-healing, high vibrational, deeply heartfelt aura of peace & love, through & through.
 Thank you so much for being such a delightful, most gracious host for this so unforgettable Christmas experience.
May Allah Bless & Keep you healthy & happy always, Love, Freedom ~ Ocala
DiAnahita Bringing Up the Joy!
"The Global Peace Dance is such a wonderful way to end the year."
"Your presence fills the space with clear, connected, sacred energy."
Connecting Consciousness
Words to some of the Songs

The Four Heavenly Abodes

Metta Karuna Mudita Upekka
Abide in Love & Compassion
Dwell in Joy & Equanimity
Abide in Love & compassion
Dwell in Joy & Peace

Peace Greeting
in the Abrahamic Traditions
Peace be with you
And with you be peace
As-salaam aleikum
Waleikum as-salaam
Shalom aleihem, Aleihem Shalom
Seventh Beatitude of Jesus
Too bay hune  lahb die slama
Dock nowee duh Alaha nit qarune

A Zulu Christian Hymn
Siya kudumisa ~ N’kosi yethu
From the Sufi Poet Kabir
There is a Secret One inside us
All the stars & All the Galaxies
Run through her hands like beads
Ishk Allah Mabood Lillah, Allah
La illaha il Allah!
Painting by John Dame
Environmentalist of Gainesville, Florida
Photo: Cade Light Show up the Rd
Comment from Patrick:  Cyd & I had such a great time at Dancing Peacock Paradise, both yesterday for Christmas Day Dances of Universal Peace and today as well. We agree that it was the best one to date. The event seemed to attract luminaries from far and wide, as it should.  Cyd never enjoyed playing the viola more and has never sounded better. I even cemented my own reputation as a humble musician. Now we are so looking forward to your New Year's Eve global peace dance! 
     The Christmas Dances & Zikr at Peacock Paradise are Christmas gifts as they create a time of awareness, a time for us to be & to share the peace, love, & joy that we are - a time to give & to receive as we bless one another & the world - a time we see God as we look into the eyes of one another.  What a treasure. I am so grateful. Thank you.       

Leslie Jones ~ Jacksonville
       If you are in Gainesville & available, you are invited to practice with us 4:00 - 5:30 Fri, Dec. 30, at UCG .  We will set up & decorate, practice the music & songs, & run through dances.   DiAnahita will treat everyone to dinner together afterwards.    RSVP   for Friday!
       If you can arrive early for the dance on New Year's Eve, please greet people & help them feel comfortable.  We're hoping for 101 dancers, experienced & new!
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Newsletter:  Diana Kanoy              Photos:  Patrick Harrigan
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Silver City, New Mexico

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