Dance. Love. Liberate.
Don't You Feel It Too? is the simple and beautiful act of dancing your inner nature in public places. It’s participatory art, mind-body practice, social healing, and physical exercise. Everyone can do it.
In 2017, thanks to a grant from Forecast Public Art, we celebrate 10 years of dancing in the streets. We invite the good and sometimes shy people of Minneapolis and St. Paul to get out there and dance at any of the 40+ events this year. Dance for exercise and stress relief. Dance for liberation and the common good. Or just because you’ve got great music. The world needs you now more than ever, and it needs your dance. Don’t you feel it too?
Dance in the face of fear and hate! Join thousands in a dance action at Twin Cities Pride on Saturday, June 24. Every year anti-LGBTQ protesters come carrying hateful signs. The participatory public dance practice Don’t You Feel It Too? will be on site to create a joyful buffer against them. Bring your music and headphones. Join the ongoing roving dance party and the two All-Pride Dance Breaks at 2:00 and 4:00PM.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Loring Park, near BERGER FOUNTAIN, near Willow St. and Yale Pl.
10:00AM - 6:00PM, join us for any part of the day.
Dance with Pride! DANCE YOUR PRIDE! The world needs us now more than ever, and the world needs our dance.
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1. Bring music you LOVE on your phone or similar device, and earbuds.
2. Wear comfortable shoes that protect your feet.
3. Be prepared for any weather. We dance rain or shine.
4. If possible, leave stuff in your car or at home so that you can dance freely. (If the session is part of a class or workshop, we will have have a secure place for your belongings.)
THE BASIC INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Love your music.
2. Move honestly, fearlessly.
3. Feel what you feel.
REGISTRATION BEGINS IN JULY.
Take the DanceBreak Challenge, August 14-18. Not a smoke break, not a coffee break, but a brave, fun, ridiculous dance break…in the streets. Join others across the city in the challenge to take three, short dance breaks a day, every day for a week. It’s daring self-care and joy through public dance.
You can do it wherever you are, wherever you go. It fits into your busy life. Challenge yourself, or sign up with friends and co-workers. It’s easy: Grab headphones, play your pocket music, and dance in the streets!
For ten years, Don't You Feel It Too? has been teaching the practice of dancing our inner lives in public places.
To take the DanceBreak Challenge, all you need to do is...Register to dance, Schedule your dance, and Do the dance.
1. Register to dance. It takes just a few seconds. In July we'll provide an Eventbrite link HERE. And if you don’t already have WhatsApp, we ask that you download it to your phone so that you can receive our inspirational reminders during the week of the Challenge.
2. Schedule your dance. Enter THREE five-minute dance breaks into your calendar each day, Monday through Friday, August 14-18. We suggest 1. morning, 2. afternoon, and 3. evening, but feel free to fit it anywhere in your schedule you like.
Once a day, we offer the option to dance in community at a local public DanceSpot. It’s a way to connect to other Challenge takers.
3. Do the dance. When you wake up, realize it’s a DanceBreak day! Receive our inspirational text reminders throughout the day.
When the time comes to dance, go outside, put in your earbuds, and follow these instructions: A. Love your music, B. Move honestly, and C. Feel what you feel. If you’re feeling nervous, just sway a little. You’ll find your groove soon enough!
Once you’ve done it, post on social media to brag and encourage others to keep up the Challenge.
Come to the DanceBreak Celebration. On the last day of the Challenge, Friday August 18 you're invited to an event to collect your prize for completing the DanceBreak Challenge. Dare to dance!! Dare to Self-Care!!
REGISTRATION BEGINS IN JULY.
Want to volunteer for this radical and joyful movement? Don’t You Feel It Too? seeks your expertise and generosity in these ways:
Develop a creative social media campaign
Make us look good by editing photos, creating a flyer and letterhead
Design our first online donor campaign
Help us figure out music sharing and increasing accessibility to music
Join an event production team
Document DYFIT with your photography or video skills
Perform a study that can quantify & more accurately explain what DYFIT does
Donate to DYFIT through GiveMN !
Mn Artists Presents: Marcus Young
Thursday, May 4, 5-9 pm
Walker Art Center, Free
How is art a resource for daily life? When does our own behavioral practice of life become art? Mierle Laderman Ukeles reminds us not to undervalue the mundane work of maintaining life: "After the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?" But what if there isn’t going to be a revolution? Or what do we do with our minds, bodies, and spirits while we work on that revolution, especially at a time when the world is in need of healing? With conversations, viewing experiences, guided meditation, protest singing, and more, the evening's events explore how behavioral practice becomes healing becomes art.
Schedule of events:
5-8:15 pm: Meditation space facilitated by Dr. Joi Lewis and Myra Rucker - Main Lobby
5-9 pm: Re-performance of Emma Sulkowicz's Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) by Reb L. Limerick and Laura Torgeson - Hennepin, Cargill, and Main Lobbies
5:30-6 pm: Phone conversation on gratitude with Mierle Laderman Ukeles - Cinema
6-6:30 pm: Skype conversation on resilience with Emma Sulkowicz - Cinema
6:30-7 pm: Mindfulness tour of galleries with meditation instructor and Walker tour guide - Departs from Main Lobby
6:15-7:30: Live acupuncture demonstration with Dr. Xinrong He - Cargill Lobby
7:30-8 pm: Mindfulness tour of galleries with meditation instructor and Walker tour guide - Departs from Main Lobby
8:15-8:45 pm: Vocal performance with Passed Presents (Jayanthi Kyle and Alicia Steele) - Main Lobby
8:45-9 pm: Closing reflections - Main Lobby
"Dance. Love. Liberate."
Thursday, May 11, from 3:30-5:00pm
LOCATION: Ring Road, by the flagpoles
Bring your favorite music and earbuds. Come ready to move. Watch a 60-second how-to video.
"Dance. Love. Liberate" is a participatory dance action at UC Irvine. It's flash mob meets mind-body practice meets street activism. Everyone is invited to try this fun workshop to dance for what they believe in and experience liberation for all. It's also good exercise and stress relief. Learn this alternative way of being powerful in public space!
This activity is presented by the Illuminations Program, working in collaboration with QTPOC Festival, The Coup de Comedy Festival, and the Global Improvisation Initiative Symposium.
Information coming soon!