Conscious Dance Leadership Training 2023 • ONLINE

      Worldwide via Zoom

      Dance The Medicine
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      28 reviews
      Sep 26 - Dec 5, 2023
      Group size: 15 - 30
      Conscious Dance Leadership Training 2023 • ONLINE
      Worldwide via Zoom

      Dance The Medicine
      • Email address verified
      28 reviews

      Sep 26 - Dec 5, 2023
      Group size: 15 - 30

      About this trip

      ✤ Join the DTM Team and an international cohort of aspiring dance leaders on an exciting journey to learn the art of event organization & conscious entrepreneurship ✤

      Embark on a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and empower yourself with essential knowledge and skills to host truly transformative events, classes and gatherings. Learn to grow your conscious business while evolving into a dynamic and influential leader who has the capacity to build and nurture a thriving conscious dance community. 

      Our interactive online course is delivered in a rich learning environment in which we share stories, experiences, and insights alongside our comprehensive curriculum to bring out the best in you. You will leave with the collective wisdom of established and successful dance leaders from all over the world and a global network of colleagues to support you long after the training has ended. 

      Is our Online Conscious Leadership Training for you?

      → Do you dream of starting your own Ecstatic Dance community, and want to know how to get started?

      → Are you a conscious dance teacher eager to increase the number of dancers joining your classes?

      → Perhaps you are ready to take your existing dance event to the next level?
      → Do you organise events and aspire to evolve them into a profitable, conscious business? 

      If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then join us and a group of fellow burgeoning conscious dance leaders on an exciting adventure into the world of conscious leadership! 

      What to expect at the Online Conscious Dance Leadership Training?

      Our thoughtfully crafted 9-module training will take place on Tuesdays. We will come together via Zoom for 9 enriching sessions starting September 26th until December 5th, 2023. Each session will take place over 3 hours. We spend this time split between lectures, discussions, small group sharing, and embodied activities to keep you engaged and able to soak in your learning in an interactive way.

      You'll receive a 200+ page printable manual and workbook, rich with practical and theoretical knowledge, alongside spaces for your insights and those of your peers. Each module offers a homework task to enhance your understanding. You’ll be armed with knowledge and confidence to elegantly produce high-quality dance events, cultivate a potent sense of community, and step into the role of conscious entrepreneur.


      → Central European Time (UTC+1) 18:00-21:00 (Paris, Madrid)

      → Western European Time (UTC+0) 17:00-20:00 (London, Lisbon)

      → Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) 12:00-15:00 (New York, Montréal)

      → Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8) 9:00-12:00 (LA, Vancouver)

      All sessions will be recorded and released within 48 hours to allow you to catch up on any missed sessions and stay on track with content and assignments.

      This Live Training Format is for you if...

      → You seek a vibrant learning cohort and future colleagues

      → You thrive when learning within a group setting

      → Your schedule is aligned with our live training hours

      → You value interaction with both instructors and fellow students

      Join us for this journey into the realm of leadership and business and become part of the DTM global family. 

      What to Learn at Your Own Pace?

      Opt for our Self-led Training Conscious Leadership Training and gain immediate access to a comprehensive 200+ page manual paired with engaging video content. The course is structured into 9 modules, culminating in a total of 22 hours of video learning. Furthermore, for a span of 9 months, you'll have unrestricted access to video content. To slightly personalise your learning experience, we also offer a free 45-minute 1-on-1 coaching session with a teacher of your preference.

      The Self-led Training Format is for you if…

      → You enjoy learning at a pace that suits your personal needs.

      → You absorb knowledge better when studying independently

      → Your schedules make it challenging to attend our live training sessions? (to the Aussies and Kiwis out there!)

      → You are seeking a more cost-effective learning opportunity

      → You don’t require/desire certification

      If this sounds like you, then there is no need to wait. Gain instant access to our self-led training program and begin your dance towards success. 

      The Curriculum

      The organization of a conscious dance event involves skill and hard work! Our curriculum is delivered in 9 modules, each building upon the last. We will teach you new skills, encourage your existing talents, and deliver wisdom drawn from both our success and failures. We answer the many commonly asked questions about running a vibrant conscious community, while creating a successful business. 

      Module 01 • DANCE (26 Sept)

      → What makes conscious dance 'conscious'? 

      → Why are conscious dance communities so connected?

      → What does it take to run a successful Ecstatic Dance?

      Module 02 • VISION (03 Oct)

      → How do I turn the community I dream of into a reality?

      → What format will best serve my community?

      → What are the first steps I need to take?

      Module 03 • COMMUNITY (10 Oct)

      → How do I attract a diverse community?

      → What is the best location for my dance? 

      → How do I gather a dream team to help me?

      Module 04 • VENUE (17 Oct)

      → How do I find the perfect venue?

      → What should I look for and what pitfalls should I avoid?

      → How do I negotiate with the venue manager?

      Two Session Break (24 & 31 Oct)

      Module 05 • MARKETING (07 Oct)

      → What are the most effective ways to promote my dance?

      → How do I create artwork that will draw people to my dance?

      → How can I grow my following on social media?

      Module 06 • MUSIC (14 Nov)

      → What music is appropriate for Ecstatic Dance or conscious dance events?

      → What is required to create a dance journey specifically for conscious dance?

      → How do I select the right DJs, and hire them?

      Module 07 • MONEY (21 Nov)

      → Can I make a living running an Ecstatic Dance?

      → How do I calculate my pricing?

      → What should I pay my team?

      Module 08 • FACILITATION (28 Nov)

      → Is it necessary to have an opening and closing circle?

      → How do I facilitate the dance in an embodied way?

      → Does a conscious dance have to be spiritual?

      ✤ Module 09 • ONWARD (05 Dec)

      → How do I keep momentum once my dance has begun?

      → What top tips do you have to avoid common pitfalls?

      → How do I continue to grow my community?

      We will answer these questions (and many more) as we divide our 3-hour sessions between lectures on the day's topic, small groups discussions and assignments, while making sure there is time each session for Q&A. We aim to make the experience informative, interactive and loads of fun.  

      The Team

      BERNICE RAABIS Founder of Dance The Medicine

      Having begun humbly in the Kootenay Mountains of Western Canada, Bernice is now a respected mentor for Conscious Dance Leaders across the globe. Her journey started with hosting Dance Church for over ten years, where she harnessed her expertise from training in various disciplines, including Soul Motion, Movement Based Expressive Therapy (The Life Art Process), and Relational Somatic Therapy. These were brought together to nurture her local multi-generational dance community, which flourished and surpassed even her most ambitious expectations.

      In 2016, she stretched her wings co-founding Ecstatic Dance International, facilitating successful leadership trainings in the US, the Netherlands, Guatemala, and Portugal. Driven to incorporate DJ and dance facilitation skills into available trainings, she used the name of her unique practice, and founded Dance The Medicine, a collective of accomplished conscious dance professionals determined to infect the world with dance. 

      While Bernice loves DJing and creating transformative events, her deepest fulfilment comes from facilitating deep somatic processes using a combination of dance, art, and ritual; to help dancers find freedom through connection to self, community and humanity.

      ALEX SEVILLAResident DJ @ Ecstatic Dance Madrid & Co-teacher @ DTM DJ Training

      After more than two decades behind the decks as a club DJ, Alex stumbled upon conscious dance. This encounter reshaped not only his personal life but also his profession. He soon traded in his career as a computer engineer to become a conscious dance entrepreneur, sharing his passion for dance, music, and consciousness with the world. Stepping into his new life, he became a resident DJ at Templo del Baile, a hugely popular conscious club in his hometown Madrid. Two years later, an invitation to play Ecstatic Dance Madrid, enabled him to take this newfound career to the next level. 

      During the pandemic, it became Alex’ mission to help the worldwide Ecstatic Dance community by navigating the technical challenges of live-streaming dance and music events as we all struggled to fulfil our need to dance during lockdown. Post-restrictions, he facilitated in-person dancing again by offering donation-based sessions in the streets of Spain, giving birth to a monthly gathering known as La Plaga del Baile (The Plague of Dance) In May 2020, Dance The Medicine recognized Alex’ talent and generous nature recruiting him as a teacher and tech guru during their first Ecstatic DJ Conference. He has been with us ever since, lucky DTM!

      ESTA POLYESTA • Co-teacher @ DTM, Global Ecstatic Dance DJ & Dance Facilitator, Event Organizer & Resident DJ @ Ecstatic Dance Amsterdam & Ecstatic Dance Goa  ✤ 

      Introducing Esta, your globe-trotting full time professional DJ and ceremony leader from Amsterdam. While she found her passion for music and dance early in life, she waited until 2005 to share her talent with the world. Nearly two decades later, Esta is celebrated for her significant influence on global beats, world music, and Ecstatic Dance, extending her reach from Russia to Thailand, USA to India, and beyond. Her playful facilitation and adventurous sets invite expression, connection, and joy have enchanted crowds worldwide. 

      Esta's expertise isn't confined to the decks; Her versatile skill set includes ritual design,  music production, and Trance Dance facilitation. She showed her entrepreneurial prowess by pioneering Ecstatic Dance at Odessa and co-organising both Ecstatic Dance Amsterdam and Ecstatic Dance Ruigoord. She further shapes the Ecstatic Dance scene by offering 1-on-1 mentorship of emerging DJs and conscious leaders and teaching in several DTM trainings. 

      Esta's collaboration with DTM stretches back to the very first live DJ Training when she was hired as DJ Coach after Bernice stumbled across her play on a pirate ship. As one of DTM's first team members, she's been instrumental in shaping its identity as professional, fun, and supportive, and remains a crucial team member until this day.

      RENÉE LACROIX • DTM Co-teacher, Ecstatic Dance DJ, Retreat Creator & Founder of Ecstatic Dance UK & Ecstatic Experiences

      Renée, an entrepreneur rooted in the fashion and food industries, found her calling in the conscious dance scene through the 5Rhythms, a path illuminated by her Buddhist spiritual practice. Her journey took a decisive turn after attending the DTM Leadership Training with Bernice in 2018, culminating in the launch of Ecstatic Dance UK just three months later. Renée swiftly carved out a prominent name for herself in both the London and international conscious dance scenes.

      Renée's extraordinary journey from a beginner to a recognized name in the Ecstatic Dance scene is not just inspirational, but indicative of her tenacity, adaptability, and kick ass entrepreneurial skills. Her trajectory showcases her robust leadership skills and innate ability to build successful communities. This talent extended to the creation of an offshoot company, Ecstatic Experiences, specializing in delivering immersive Ecstatic Dance retreats in Portugal and the UK. 

      Apart from being an Ecstatic Dance producer, facilitator, and DJ, Renée offers business mentoring and consultancy to aspiring conscious dance entrepreneurs. From venue sourcing to marketing strategies and team building, she equips others with the tools needed to produce high-quality events, that league a lasting positive impact on the dance community.

      ✤ MAYRA HERNADEZ (La May) • DJ Coach • Ecstatic Dance DJ, Dance Facilitator & Founder of Ecstatic Dance Colombia 

      Mayra, also known as La May, is a dedicated explorer of consciousness, meditation, and music. Her journey has taken her from studying Buddhism in India to immersing herself in the Hridaya Yoga community in Mexico to ultimately finding her calling in conscious dance and movement meditation. 

      Besides leading her community, Mayra expresses her love for music through DJing in the form of hybrid sets that honour diverse cultural roots, particularly Colombian, Latin-American, and African ancestral and tropical sounds, often weaving in her own live vocals. Additionally, she offers individual consultations and guides people globally in the realms of Ecstatic Dance production, DJ skills, digital marketing, embodiment practices, and ceremony leadership.

      Certified as a Dance Facilitator by DTM in 2019, she has used her gained knowledge, couples with her talent for dance facilitation, music production, and mindfulness to successfully establish the thriving Ecstatic Dance Colombia community. 

      RICHARD BATTS • DJ Coach, Ecstatic Dance DJ, Dance Facilitator, Event Organizer & Co-Founder of Ecstatic Dance UK
      Richard, a former corporate construction project manager, drawn by the transformative power of music and dance when united in conscious dance, transitioned to organising conscious events in London. His skilful marketing and high production quality led his first two ecstatic dance events to sell out instantly, marking his impressive entry into the community. 

      Continuously innovating the conscious dance scene, he launched a successful weekly bridging London's nightlife and Ecstatic Dance. His dream of becoming a DJ soon became reality as he began playing Sunday morning sessions at EDUK, which he eventually went on to manage until this day.

      His mission is to extend the reach of music and dance's magic worldwide, leading others to discover and discover their path in the international conscious dance movement. Today, Richard is a beloved figure in London's conscious dance community and following his attendance at several DTM conferences, the synergy between Richard and DTM became apparent. Richard's vibrant spirit, excentric music selection, and forward-thinking mindset swiftly secured his place within the DTM team.

      ✤ FABIO FREDDI (DJRonin) • Leadership Coach, Ecstatic Dance DJ & Facilitator & Founder of Ecstatic Dance Italy 

      Fabio, aka DJRonin, began his DJ journey at just age 16, rising quickly to become a turntablist in national and international scratch competitions, even making it as a world finalist at the DMC London 2004. He spent a decade producing music for prominent Italian hip hop artists, gaining professional DJing experience and recognition.

      In 2010, an existential crisis sparked an awakening, prompting Fabio to see music not merely as entertainment but as a potent healing and transformative force. This led him on a self-discovery path, diving deep into rhythm, transpersonal psychology, and shamanism. He trained in various traditions across Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia, eventually discovering Ecstatic Dance in 2012.

      Integrating his passion for DJing with his newly found spiritual insights, Fabio developed a unique approach to fostering transformation and awareness through music and dance. His journey with DTM began in 2018, deepening his knowledge of conscious dance and leading to the establishment of Ecstatic Dance Italy a year later.

      Since 2020, Fabio has served as a DTM coach, helping individuals worldwide blend their intuitive power with technical DJing skills, emphasizing the transformative potential of music. His unique blend of spiritual insight, musical talent, and psychological understanding underpin his effective mentoring and inspiring approach.

      Testimonials from Graduates

      "This training is for the big visionaries, event organisers, and executives of dance programs out there. It takes you through step by step how to create an Ecstatic Dance event. The best part is, you’re surrounded by super rad people who truly believe in the vision as much as you do, and who feel alive in sharing that vision. I feel absolutely honoured to be a part of this amazing group of dancers, organisers, and beautiful human beings. Showing up with my whole heart, it changed me, and I feel like I’ve grown a lot."

      → Carol Boccaccio - Canada

      "Dance the Medicine prepared me with the tools to grow as an Ecstatic Dance leader and warrior! The container held, even online, was potent and full of space to explore the building blocks for the foundation of my dance. It was an honour to be a part of this community of conscious dance leaders. I now feel fully equipped to go out and infect my communities with the medicine of Dance! 

      → Elissa Eskridge - Costa Rica

      "This online training has come at the right time, just when I felt the call to share the awesomeness of conscious dance with my people, after such a crazy year. I am amazed by the connections I have made during this training and the quality of its content, which was more than I expected."

      → Dounia Acef - Morocco

      "Bernice, Renée and the DTM team are a knowledgeable, grounded and experienced group of teachers. They REALLY care about their students, and it's obvious when you experience the quality of the production and information they share. They attract a huge variety of students and the opportunity to network during the course is high."

      → Rafaél Suvaii - Canada

      "Through powerful visualisation exercises, sharing of invaluable wisdom and experience, and creation of a supportive community, I now have the confidence and knowledge to go out there in the world and make an impact through dance. This training was everything and more that I needed!"

      → Lien Kabelka - Belgium

      "The leadership in this training was outstanding. The content was very well-thought-out, relevant and rich.  It filled in a lot of questions I've long held around how to do a great job leading conscious dance, but also provided examples of many different approaches. I loved connecting with people from all over who are passionate about the same thing as me."

      → Sarah Hall - USA

      "Renée and Bernice - you two are the leaders we need right now. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!"

      Nadine Guldimann - Switzerland 


      → Will I receive a certification? 

      Only those taking the training live via Zoom will be certified and receive a certificate. We do not certify those who take the course self-led, as we have no way of knowing whether they have completed the course and homework. If this is an issue for you, please contact us, so we can discuss it. 

      → Will this training cover DJing?

      We have one module dedicated exclusively to music (what music is appropriate for conscious dance events? What structure is used to create a conscious dance musical journey? Etc.), but it is NOT a DJ training, and we won't cover any of the technical aspects of DJ-ing. We do offer Online DJ Training for both beginner and Intermediate students. If you prefer to learn DJ skills, join us for our IN-PERSON ECSTATIC DJ TRAINING, ONLINE ECSTATIC DJ TRAINING, ONLINE BEGINNER ECSTATIC DJ TRAINING, or ONLINE INTERMEDIATE ECSTATIC DJ TRAINING 

      → For how long will the recordings be available?
      The videos will be uploaded online and available for a period of 9 months from the day the training begins.

      → I'm not sure which path is right for me. Can you advise me?
      Absolutely! Simply send us a message here on WeTravel or email us at

      → What's your cancellation & refund policy?
      In case of cancellation from your side, we don't offer any refunds, regardless of the reason.

      What’s included

      • 9 Extensive Modules
        A comprehensive curriculum, based on years of experience, which supporting conscious entrepreneurs like you to create, maintain and grow a conscious dance community
      • Course Manual
        200+ page DTM Conscious Leadership Manual & Workbook in PDF format for you to print
      • Graduation Certificate
        Sent by email for you to print
      • Assignments
        9 assignments to keep you engaged and put your knowledge to practise
      • Video recordings
        Released after 48 hours, so you watch the classes you missed or re-watch any sessions you want for up to 9 months.
      • Interactive Live Zooms
        3-hour live classes, break-out groups, Q&A sessions with other students from around the globe
      • Community WhatsApp Group
        To continue discussions, share resources, and network with your classmates during and after the training
      • Small Groups
        You'll be sorted into small, geographically-based groups and meet each session for engaging discussions and to ultimately build lasting connections, serving as post-training support.

      Available Packages


      → The full experience: Live classes, interactive breakout groups, somatic based activities and comprehensive Q&A sessions

      → 9 content-packed modules, offering a total of 27 hours of learning

      → A robust +200-page manual complete with weekly assignments, worksheets, and vital resources

      → Complete access to class recordings, available 48 hours after each live session.

      → An exclusive WhatsApp group to foster vibrant discussions, resource sharing, and networking opportunities with your classmates

      → A graduation certificate acknowledging your accomplishment

      → An enduring network of supportive, like-minded Conscious Dance Leaders

      Deposit: €400



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      Our Dream Team at Dance the Medicine includes established Conscious and Ecstatic Dance event organizer, movement facilitators and DJ's, We are diverse, coming from a wide array of backgrounds and modalities with varying visions about how to deliver our dance medicine to the world. What we share is a love of dance, music and community. We are collaborative, empathetic, action-minded and believe that dance has the ability to change the world! Come learn, play and DANCE with us!


      I am proud to have become part of the DTM Family. It was a real "trip" with wonderful people, all items I wished to be handled were explained and trained so intensely. Of course one will learn the most from doing, but a gentle push into the right direction is so welcome :-) Thank you all!
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      As always when connecting to the Dance the Medicine team one feels very nurtured. It was a great informative masterclass….Renee Lacroix was extremely Professional, adaptable, knowledgable and generous in her presentation. No question was left unanswered. Loads of great ideas to take away in terms of promoting your event As an older less technical learner I have never felt ridiculous or stupid when having to ask rather basic questions around social media or computers….I’m looking forward to ongoing training I would recommend them whole heartedly ☮️❤️
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      Very helpful and friendly masterclass ! Such a pleasure to exchange with this great team.
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