Sunday Ecstatic Dance: Sweat for Peace

Ecstatic Dance Bucharest

Sunday, December 10, 2023, Vertigo Dance

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Imagine a dance floor where you feel that you've entered a sound and emotional story where you can let go of all your inhibitions and move your body in whatever way feels good. Where you can feel the music in your soul and connect with the people around you on a deeper level. That's the experience that each of my mixes intends to create, using a unique blend of organic and electronic fusion sounds, medicine music, world bass, afro and south american beats, and other experimental and sometimes unpredictable vibrations.

Always taking my time to carefully curate my sets, ensuring that every track flows seamlessly into the next. I'm using the music to guide the dancers on a journey through different emotions and states of being, from deep introspection to ecstatic release, trying to deliver something for everyone.

Committed to dance as a means of connecting and liberating. 

 5 years ago Ecstatic Dance Bucharest has opened my path of conscious movement, complementing a long time passion for music and deejaying. 

Through the dance practice, my inquiries into worldwide music creation went to even further horizons of the electronic spectrum, across a variety of genres, from chill & psychedelic all the way to medicine sounds.

    I love discovering tunes that inspire dancing and mixing them into journeys for deep inner exploration, opening the heart, uplifting the spirit and expanding consciousness. 

Mystic Monkey - Resident DJ @ Ecstatic Dance Bucharest 

"I liked how it began with mental preparation... Slow chords followed by a burst of energy, and then once again finding balance through meditation music. It was my first experience of this kind, and I really wish to participate in such events in the future, especially in outdoor settings where music intertwines with the sounds of nature. It was a unique experience; I set myself free! I felt like myself. Congratulations!" 

Tamara

"Stefan, I find it hard to put into words how much joy your music brought to my body and mind last night. It was magical, invigorating, and surprising. It truly was an excellently guided journey. I eagerly awaited to see what would come next, how you chose to play. Pure joy. I relished every sound, vibrating from the beginning to the end. I'm not sure if it was your intention, but there were some playful insertions and combinations of classical chords that took me to a place I know well, much better than any other type of music. And for the first time, I felt an actual dialogue between you and us, with each of us individually, as if your purpose was for each of us to vibrate collectively and resonate with our own sensitivities. It's also the first time I felt the need to look around, because my joy was too immense to keep just to myself. I needed to share the experience of your music with others. Thank you for the experience you provided me. I've written to Cynthia that, next time, if I see you there, I'll give you a long embrace. And, with your permission, I will." 

Ilinca

"What I liked the most was the feeling of connection, the smiles, and the sparkle in the eyes that the music selection managed to awaken on the dance floor. I appreciated the diversity of genres and the multiple emotions evoked. I vibrated the most with the playful tracks, tribal rhythms, intensity peaks, and the smooth melodies that caressed my heart. I found myself and reinvented myself with the waves of music, discovered an unexpected energy, felt pure joy and gratitude. I felt like you knew me. Thank you!" 

Iulia

"Hey Stefan! I want to sincerely thank you for last night's journey ❤️. For me, who hasn't been to an ecstatic dance event in many years, I can say that the music kept me moving almost continuously (maybe just 1-2 songs didn't quite catch me, but not enough to sit down :) ). I thoroughly enjoyed the eclecticism of the tracks (those funny ones were brilliant 😜). I liked the change of rhythms and the fact that you knew how to dose the energy on the dance floor so that we didn't give it all until we couldn't anymore 😎."
Ioana

Ecstatic Dance Medicina PreviewMix

"The playfulness of the mix flow took me deep into working with my inner child and then resurfaced to seeing some good patterns from my present life. DJ Mystic Monkey brought in some very nice energies with his music but also his presence. I felt safe, seen and enjoyed it very much." 

Mihai

"Thank you, Stefan, for last night's magical musical journey. Thank you all for the magical connection on the dance floor! I also thank my daughters for the space created; they enjoyed moving freely as well. 🙏"
Sorin


"It was playful, creative. It stirred a lot of joy, innocence, power, love, and ecstasy within me. I could have danced like that for another two hours 🤗." 

Olivia


 journey


It is an absolute privilege to be the resident DJ for the amazing Ecstatic Dance Bucharest team and community. Witnessing the transformative power of dance and music in the lives of so many individuals is truly awe-inspiring. I feel deeply grateful to be a part of this beautiful movement and to have the opportunity to bring my contribution and inspiration through music. Together, we create a warm and supportive space where each person can feel free to express themselves fully and authentically. 

After 30 years of mixtapes and compilations, the sound adventure continues with ecstatic dance and other soulful electronic mixes meant to move, shake and vibrate our body, minds and hearts. 

Btw, if you are curious how 30 years of constant digging through music might look, I recently put together a set of three mixtapes comprising 30+ years of listening in 100 tracks - a sort of sound story timeline:
PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3

Enjoy!

I look forward to continuing this journey with you all on the dancefloor!

Sending  Love & Gratitude

❤️ 🙏 ❤️



 ecstatic dance


Ecstatic Dance is a journey of self-discovery through movement, in a safe and supportive space, where you are free to express yourself without judgment. As you move your body, you connect with your emotions and release them in a healthy way.


It is often compared to a healing ceremony. In the same way that a shaman would use music and dance to help people connect with their spiritual side, Ecstatic Dance can help you connect with our own inner wisdom and healing power.  A powerful group tool for personal transformation magically disguised in an eclectic music party


Each ceremony is a journey, a pilgrimage to the hidden places within yourself. You are guided by the music, a tapestry of sound woven to evoke unexpected emotions. As you move, you ascend the mountains of joy and descend into the valleys of sadness, exploring the full range of your human experience.


The music is carefully chosen to create a space where you can feel safe to let go of your inhibitions and express yourself freely. It may be joyful, upbeat, and energetic, or it may be slow and meditative, allowing you to sink into your body and connect with your inner world.


Whatever the music, it is designed to help you transcend the everyday and connect with something deeper. As you dance, you may feel yourself opening up to new possibilities, letting go of old wounds, and embracing your true self.


Ultimately, the goal of the music is to help you connect with your own unique emotional landscape. As you dance, you may find yourself experiencing emotions that you have long suppressed or ignored. This can be a powerful and healing experience.


But it is not just the music that makes Ecstatic Dance so powerful. It is also the power of the group. When you dance with others, you are creating a shared space of trust and community. You can support each other on your journey, and you can learn from each other's experiences.


In Ecstatic Dance, there is no right or wrong way to dance. You are free to move in any way that feels good to you. You can dance alone, or you can dance with others. You can close your eyes and sink into your own world, or you can make eye contact with others and connect through movement.


The most important thing is to be present and to be open to the experience. 

Let the music and the energy of the group guide you. 

Allow yourself to let go and to be free.


You will find that when you dance in a safe and supportive environment, you can truly connect with your body, your emotions, and your spirit. 

You can experience a sense of joy, liberation, and community that is difficult to find anywhere else.


Join us!

❤️


 mixes


⫷ Ecstatic Dance 𝕞𝕪𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕔 𝕞𝕠𝕟𝕜𝕖𝕪 Rise in Grace ❂ July 2022 | Romania ⫸

Featuring @nadaka-1, MC Yogi, Sasha Malkovich, Squid, @sunmonx, @greenwoodrhythmcoalition, @sofitukker, @clozee, @magic-drum-orchestra, @andreasone, @gingee, @phostoni, @alexserra-music, @pondora, @arminvanbuuren, @pupkuliesrebecca, @actuallygrimes, @futexture, @flume, @fkj-2, @officialmaryjblige, @yaima-music.


⫷ Ecstatic Dance 𝕞𝕪𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕔 𝕞𝕠𝕟𝕜𝕖𝕪 Golden Session ❂ 2022 | Romania ⫸

Long version played live for the Ecstatic Dance community in Bucharest.

Short - current - version played live for the Ecstatic Dance Online community.

Featuring @alexiachellun, @lindecis, @ntjohnson, @thedynamicsofficial, @inxsofficial, @bobbymcferrinmusic, @the-golden-gate-quartet, @theallergies, @invisibleminds, @french79music, @cherryua, @justintimberlake, @djkhaikhanofficial, @cualli, @symbolico, @brunomars, @nils_frahm, @michaelkiwanuka.

⫷ Ecstatic Dance 𝕞𝕪𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕔 𝕞𝕠𝕟𝕜𝕖𝕪 Latin Session ⫸


Enjoy a new ecstatic dance set featuring Latin American rhythms and organic sounds. Thank you for listening! 💗

All the Love & Gratitude to You All ❤️🙏❤️

⫷ Ecstatic Dance 𝕞𝕪𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕔 𝕞𝕠𝕟𝕜𝕖𝕪 Medicina PreviewMix ⫸

Featuring @gallardomusica, @dj-yeahman, @chanchaviacircuito, @bombaestereo, @polo-pan, @troyboi, @nicolacruz, @soohan, @paloma-del-cerro-1, @huairaira.



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