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?
Take the DanceBreak Challenge for your confidence and well-being! Not a smoke break or a coffee break. Take three short dance breaks a day for a week. Do something daring, and practice joy through public dance.
Join the Challenge community. You can do it wherever you are: Grab headphones, play your pocket music, and dance in the streets! And PRIZES are available.
To find out more and register, go HERE.
Registration closes 5:00PM, Friday, Aug 11.
Optional free workshops to learn more about the DanceBreak Challenge:
DOWNTOWN YWCA: 8/1, 5:30 - 6:15 PM; 8/10, 9:30 -10:30 AM
MIDTOWN YWCA: 8/3, 5:30 - 6:30 PM; 8/5, 11:00 - 12:00 PM
Or attend any regular DYFIT session. Check out this calendar.
Come to the DanceBreak happy hour on the last day, Friday, August 18. Prizes will be given away for completing the Challenge. More information about this event will be sent to Challenge registrants.
If you have any questions, please contact: DontYouFeelItToo@gmail.com
The DanceBreak Challenge is created in partnership with the Minneapolis Downtown and Midtown YWCA. For ten years, DYFIT has been teaching the practice of dancing our inner lives in public places.
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.
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 !
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.
More info on Facebook
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!