Dance Retreat

A 5 day ALL-INCLUSIVE residency and retreat hosted at Earth Dance. Join us on serene and sacred grounds in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. This retreat invites women of color ages 17-35 with intermediate-advance dance experience .

We believe when you know your identity you will find your purpose. That’s what Rooted Essence means, “knowing your true value.” That’s why our retreat offers a holistic experience mind-body-spirit.

In addition to delighting yourself in dance sessions from  industry experienced professionals, you will have the opportunity

  • Get inspiration as we explore identity, sisterhood and the ministry of dance
  • Get information on creativity, dance entrepreneurship and performance
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The Experience

The environment speaks for itself! The retreat center overlooks meadows and maple trees and supports our mission to  a  “healing, community  and cultural experience.”

Look forward to nutritious and delicious fresh vegetarian meals. Greet  your day with morning meditation and journaling followed by exciting dance sessions and evening events. During your leisure time chill-out or enjoy the sauna, bike rides, scenic walks, hikes, local lakes and streams.

Our retreat hopes to leave all guests creativity restored, artistically replenished and socially, emotionally and culturally empowered!

Sample Schedule

Monday July 22, 2019 – Saturday July 27, 2019

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8am-9:30  Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
10am-1pm  Morning

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Morning

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Morning

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Morning

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Closing Circle
1pm-2pm  Lunch Garden Excursion Lunch Lunch Lunch Travel to Harambee Festival Performance
3pm-6pm  Arrival Afternoon

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Afternoon

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Afternoon

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Afternoon

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Departure
6pm-7pm  Welcome Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Departure
8pm – until Evening Event Evening Event Evening Event West African Dance Workshop Evening Event Departure

Participant Community Support
Earthdance runs as a​ community, all participants contribute to 1-2 chore shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the Retreat and a Final House Clean on Saturday July 27th. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants, Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home. Thus we appreciate your contributions to the space!

Meet the Instructors

Moriah Leigh
Springfield, MA
Afro Fusion

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Dominique Atwood
Chicago, IL
Ballet

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Katya Joseph
Queens, NY
Modern Jazz

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Megan Spivey
Philadelphia, PA
Healing Art Guide

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