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
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. The burning of sage is also prohibited. 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.
Where we play
The Episcopal Church of St. James & Andrew
Amherst - The Barn Studio, 20 Dickinson St
SEE THE SCHEDULE PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION
As of June, 2017, all Dance Spree dances will be held in handicapped-accessible locations. 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.
We stand with Standing Rock
In addition to facilitating the free movement of bodies, we also support the First Nations in their struggle for civil rights and environmental protection. In 2017, we raised $1,938.50 for the Water Protector Legal Collective (www.waterprotectorlegal.org), a group that provides legal aid to the Standing Rock pipeline resistance movement.
While that fundraiser has now closed, we still find ways to support water protectors and environmental and social change. Since November we have held fundraisers for We Are the Earth's Resistance and People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom & Struggle.
The dance community
OTHER LOCAL DANCES
Dance Spirit - Sundays, 10am-noon, 253 Prospect St Northampton
Amherst Ecstatic Dance - 3rd Thursday of the month, 121 North Pleasant St Amherst
Mandala Dance - Occasionally on Saturdays, 7:30-10:30pm, 72 Baker Rd Shutesbury
Sacred Circle Dance - Occasionally on Sundays, 3:30-5:30pm, 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
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