Who we are
Dance Spree is the third oldest freestyle boogie in the world. We are a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization committed to offering each of us the opportunity to free our bodies and minds from the pressures of civilization.
We dance barefoot, in socks, or indoor shoes; with or without a partner, however we want; no audience or instructor exists to evaluate or correct us. This freedom to express oneself physically is parallelled in few other disciplines and is a limitless, intangible freedom that cannot be prescribed by any lawyer or Constitutional amendment.
We welcome all ages, gender identities, spiritualities, and cultures in our community and on the floor. Because bodies were born to move, we believe that Dance Spree is for everyone - if you aren't sure, first-timers are welcome to try it for up to 30 minutes at no charge.
DANCE CONTACT: (413)658-7011
jasper (insert @ if you're human) dancespree.org
COMING RIGHT UP!
Dance Spree Masquerade Ball
Friday, October 27 - 8:45-witching hour
First Churches, 11 Center St Northampton (MAP)
music by DJ Rachel - prize for best costume
housing available for out-of-towners with 24 hours' advance request
Where we play
Dance Spree's traditional Friday night boogies take place in Lyman Hall at First Churches, located at 11 Center St in downtown Northampton (MAP). Thursday morning yoga classes are also located at First Churches, but upstairs (this room is not handicapped accessible).
Bioluminosity is held at the Barn Studio, located at 20 Dickinson St in Amherst (MAP).
Drum & Dance will be in various locations, so please always check the schedule or Drum & Dance pages for dates, times, and locations.
(beginning January 6) Greenfield Greendance Saturday night boogies will take place at The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, at 14 Church St in downtown Greenfield (MAP).
As of June, 2017, all Dance Spree dances will be held in handicapped-accessible locations (some workshops may not be). Persons with all ranges and severities of disabilities are welcome at Dance Spree. You will be treated as equals. Your admission price will be the same, and you are encouraged to ask for any special assistance you need while at the dance.
We recommend that you always check the schedule before you come for any potential last-minute updates. This page is always, always up to date.
What we do
We are a substance-free and chemical-free dance. This means that alcoholic beverages, smoking, vaping, and all mind/body-altering drugs, legal and illegal, are not allowed to be used or possessed at our dance and that you may not attend if you are under the influence of these substances. While we cannot legally prohibit the possession or use of prescription medications, we ask that you use maximum discretion and take them out of sight if you are required to use them during the dance. Finally, unnatural and chemical fragrances, conditioners, and body products are expressly prohibited from Dance Spree.
All movement at Dance Spree, Drum & Dance, and Bioluminosity is freeform, unregulated, and without instruction. There are no limits, requirements, or directives to abide by and you are welcome to dance with any number of people, or none at all!
In all dances with other people, it is important to gain their consent for whatever form of engagement you desire. Depending on your background this may be verbal, facial, energetic, or meditative, but it is a vital part of maintaining our ability to be free within ourselves.
We stand with Standing Rock
In addition to facilitating the free movement of bodies, we also raise money for the Water Protector Legal Collective (www.waterprotectorlegal.org), a group that provides legal aid to the Standing Rock pipeline resistance movement. Please consider donating when you attend our dances. If you wish to donate even when you do not attend, you may do so thru their website.
Total raised and donated this year: $1,921.50
The dance community
OTHER LOCAL DANCES
Dance Spirit - Sundays, 10am-noon, 253 Prospect St Northampton
Mandala Dance - Occasionally on Saturdays, 7:30-10:30pm, 72 Baker Rd Shutesbury
Sacred Circle Dance - Occasionally on Sundays, 3:30-5pm, 11 Cottage St Brattleboro
DANCE NEW ENGLAND
Dance Spree is a member dance of Dance New England, a fully staffed 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that hosts an annual 10-day all-ages summer Camp and has recently purchased, with the help of a group of investors, a camp in Tolland, MA. Dance New England operates by consensus governance and was originally formed around 35 years ago by a joining of forces of the member dances: Dance Spree, Dance Friday, Freestyle Frolic, and Barefoot Boogie, as well as the now-defunkt Dance Hartford and Dance Haven.
Dance Spree Community Events Calendar
Anyone is welcome to submit events to this calendar.
Just email jasper (insert @ if you're human) dancespree.org
Social Media Links
Dance Spree/Drum & Dance event announcements mailing list: click here to join
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non-Gmail users send a request by email to jasper (insert @ if you're human) dancespree.org