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Dances of Universal Peace

New Year's Eve
at UCG Gainesville

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1624 NW 5th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida
Doors open at 7 * Music by Kathy & Clare at 7:15 * Dancing begins at  7:30
   UCG parking lot to the east of the church.  Dancing in the Fellowship Hall
$10 suggested donation
Come alone or bring a friend.  Forward to people who might be interested
The Global Peace Dances on New Year's Eve ~ a heaven on earth tradition!
"As Rumi invites, I stepped out of the circle of time & into the circle of love.
This year, once again, through dancing Siyakudumisa, we were bestowed with the gift of shared presence  ~  of dropping the veil & just being, of meeting & greeting ourselves & each other in the truth of all that is, in Love.”  
.24 years of Global Peace Dances in Gainesville!.
with DiAnahita

Thanks to all for a very moving evening of sacred dance on New Year's Eve. I am grateful for the collaboration,  compassion and musicianship  that  all  of  you offered.  I value your leadership and vision, so it means a lot to be included in your events.   Isabel

Being a musician for the wide variety of beautiful songs we perform, I also get a chance to see joy of the dancers, moving to the rhythms. David Willkomm
Kathy Staines - Guitar
David Willkomm - Percusssion
Mary Fukuyama - Dumbek & Flute
Isabel Coutts - Accordian
Clare Maher - Cello
Jackie Davis - Bass
Cyd Robbins - Viola
The Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing) honor sacred traditions of the earth  by incorporating mantras and 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 and dance.  It is customary to listen to the leader sing the first time, then sing whole-heartedly,  holding 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 & to celebrate the coming year  with peaceful hearts. Comfortable shoes for dancing are recommended. Give yourself time to park, walk in, & sign in upon arrival so we can begin together. 
Expansion of Consciousness
Words to some of the Songs
Send us the Peace of Thy Divine Spirit
And unite us all, united us all
In Thy perfect being
Amen Amen
La illaha il Allah, La illaha il Allah
As-salaam aleikum, As-salaam aleikum, As-salaam aleikum
Waleikum as-salaam

Altissimo Corazon - Que Floresqua
Que Floresqua la luz
Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram Om

Shalom, Salaam, Peace on Earth
The end of 2018 & beginning of 2019 DUP New Year’s Celebration was one of the best I can remember. Mostly  I  was  enjoying  all the  celebrating, sharing  with  others  to  help  bring peace  to  our  world.  Thanks for all the  benefits  we received,  known & unknown.  Sh'mal

"Your presence fills the space with clear, connected, sacred energy."
.Set-up & Practice at UCG.
Monday, December 30
4:00 – 5:00

Musicians, dancers, helpers & angels
We will decorate the hall, practice music, & review dances. Come join the fun of preparing for our event!
     On the night of the dance we will need people to greet arrivals & ask them to sign in with their email address, & we will need help to take down afterwards.  It goes fast with a lot of hands.   All help appreciated!  
Please   RSVP   if you can help.
"I loved being able to help out.  Everything & everyone looked beautiful & the dancers were having a splendid time." 
Susan Cary
originator of the Dances of Universal Peace in the late 1960's, was a student of Sufi Inayat Khan.  "Sufi SAM" was a mystic and teacher to the hippies of San Francisco.
          Peace is nurtured by holding hands in a circle of equals, regardless of culture, nationality, age, religion, or social backgrounds: healing separation by the collective experience of touching the depth of feelings generated through sacred phrases from many different spiritual traditions.
All the stars and all the galaxies
Run through her hands like beads.

     Ishk Allah maboud lillah Allah
     Ishk Allah maboud lillah Allah
   Allah, Allah   
La ilaha il Allah       
Send Thy Peace, O Lord,
which is perfect & everlasting,
that our souls may radiate peace.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
  RSVP : nice but not necessary      www.PeacockParadise.org

Newsletter:  Diana Kanoy              Photos & Website:  Patrick Harrigan
"This Kalama Dance was the seal on the Murshid Sam Dargah Dedication Celebration Aug 24-27, 2017, danced right inside the new Dargah structure." -Shabda Kahn

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Silver City, New Mexico

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Dances of Universal Peace honor religious traditions of the world by chanting phrases from holy scriptures & oral traditions.

Everything is taught in the moment as we join our voices together.

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