Ecstatic DJ School - Beginner


4 reviews
Mar 22 - May 24, 2022
Group size: 10 - 20
Ecstatic DJ School - Beginner

4 reviews

Mar 22 - May 24, 2022
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

Our Ecstatic DJ School simultaneously offers a Beginner and an Intermediate track for you to choose from. Click here see the curriculum of our Intermediate course. If you're not sure which level is right for you, fill in this survey.


✤ So you want to be a DJ? Join a small cohort of burgeoning DJs in our course designed specifically for conscious/Ecstatic Dance musicians & facilitators ✤

→ Have you attended an Ecstatic Dance and wondered what it takes to create and deliver a conscious dance DJ set?

→  Do you already put together an Ecstatic/Conscious playlists and are ready to take the leap to technical DJ software?

→  Are you a conscious dance facilitator or Ecstatic Dance organiser who is looking for more confidence about the musical side of things ?

→  Do you want to learn to DJ in a kind, supportive environment where you feel safe to risk asking those potentially “stupid” question?

→ Join us and 12-16  fellow budding Ecstatic DJs in training on this exciting new adventure!

This 9-module training will take place on Tuesdays over a period of 10 weeks (with a 1-week break after Easter). We will come together each Tuesday for 3 hours. Training begins on March 22 and ends on May 24.

✤ Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) 18:00-21:00 (Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin)

✤ Western European Summer Time (UTC+1) 17:00-20:00 (London, Lisbon)

✤ Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4) 12:00-15:00 (New York, Montréal)

✤ Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7) 9:00-12:00 (Los Angeles, Vancouver) 

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


Knowing what songs to use, where to put them and how to get from one song to the next is what we teach! If you are ready to take the leap from iTunes or Spotify into Traktor DJ software then this course is for you. DTM’s Ecstatic DJ School teaches emergently. We plan and deliver curriculum by responding to your specific cohorts skill level, interests and requests, while  fulfilling the learning objectives set out in our live DTM Ecstatic DJ Training. 

We will start with an intro into the basics of DJ software, moving on to deliver key concepts that build upon each other. Our end goal is to create a totally unique and meaningful learning experience that helps you feel confident as you begin this journey towards DJhood! 

DTM Ecstatic DJ School- Technical Beginner Track

  • DTM’s Unique Conscious/Ecstatic Dance Set Creation Theory
  • Music Management, Library Organization & Browsing
  • Tracks! : How to find them, where to buy them & when to use them
  • Waveform, Counting Music and Phrasing
  • 5 Instructional classes containing lessons, discussion and theory:
    • Intro to DJ Software : Demystifying Traktor Pro 3
    • Building Setlists in Traktor Software
    • Intro to DJ controllers/consoles : The important buttons, knobs and sliders
    • Intro to Preferences : Learn to customize your DJ software
    • How to import, load & grid tracks (don’t worry, we will teach you what this means!)
    • Intro to looping, EQ’ing, and cue points
    • Basic Transitions:
      • Intro/Outro 
      • Drop on the 1
      • Syncing
  • 4 Practice sessions:
    •  1-on-1 with a DTM DJ Coach
    • Group Practice with DTM DJ Mentors
  • And more! Our emergent style of teaching delivers a curriculum unique to your cohort over 9 modules within a supportive and fun environment.


✤ 01 - BIG PICTURE (March 22)

→ Meet the team, your cohorts and check-in with your small group for the first time

→ DTM's Conscious/Ecstatic Dance Set Creation Model (aka the 'The Magic Carpet Ride')

→ Demystify DJ Software: An Introduction to Traktor Pro3 DJ software

✤ 02 - PRACTICE 01 (March 29)

→ Group check-in, mini-lesson, & practice instructions 

→ Practice Time: 1-on-1 with a DTM DJ Coach + Group Practice with help from DTM DJ Mentors

→ An “Ask Alex!” Q&A session to end

✤ 03 - SET CREATION + BROWSER (April 5)

→ A review of set creation, with focus on creating the ‘Body of the Set’

→Exploring Set Creations Tools & what determines the energy level of a track.

→ A deeper dive into your Traktor browser including library organization & file management

✤ 04 - PRACTICE 02 (April 12)

→ DJ Controller/Console 101: A basic intro to the Traktor S2 MK2 and the S2 MK3

→ Practice Time: 1-on-1 with a DTM DJ Coach + Group Practice with help from DTM DJ Mentors

→ Q&A and an intro to counting music


✤ 05 - TRACKS + DECKS (April 26)

→ Tracks! When to use them, how to find them and where to buy them!

→ Demystifying track formats plus Tips are Tricks for track selection 

→ Deck Layout, Track Decks, Waveform & how it relates to counting music and phrasing

✤ 06 - PRACTICE 03 (May 3)

→ Group check-in, mini-lesson, & practice instructions 

→ Practice Time: 1-on-1 with a DTM DJ Coach + Group Practice with help from DTM DJ Mentors

→ An “Ask Alex!” Q&A session to end

✤ 07 - TRANSITIONS & MIXER (May 10)

→ Intro to three basic transitions: Intro/Outro, Drop on the 1 and Syncing

→ Top tips: Practice makes perfect, short cuts and lowering stress so you can have more fun!

→ Deep dive into the Mixer section of Traktor Pro 3    

✤ 08 - PRACTICE 04 (May 17)

→ Group check-in, mini-lesson, & practice instructions 

→ Practice Time: 1-on-1 with a DTM DJ Coach + Group Practice with help from DTM DJ Mentors

→ An “Ask Alex!” Q&A session to end

✤ 9 - ONWARD (May 24)

→ Filling in the gaps: How to step out into the world as “DJ” with best practices 

→ An integration of the previous 8 modules: assessing growth,  final top tips + Q&A

→ We will end our time together with a graduation ritual


✤ BERNICE RAABIS (Founder of Dance the Medicine)

While now an experienced teacher of Conscious  Dance Leaders, Bernice began humbly in a small dance studio nestled in the Kootenay Mountains of Western Canada. Here she ran twice weekly events for over 8 years; Dance Church, a multi-generational Sunday morning dance, and Dance The Medicine, a conscious dance class based on a fusion of Soul Motion, Movement-based Expressive Arts and Somatic Therapy. By 2016 Bernice was working well beyond her local community, she co-founded Ecstatic Dance International and began hosting international trainings and events in Amsterdam, Guatemala and Portugal. In addition to having DJed many Ecstatic Dances around the globe, she was also at the helm of our hugely popular Ecstatic DJ Conference in May 2020, gathering 200+ aspiring and professional DJs from all over the world. She is on a mission to infect the world with dance in hopes that everyone, everywhere, will one day have a place to dance in community.  

✤ ALEX SEVILLA (Ecstatic Dance Madrid)

After more than two decades behind the decks, Alex stumbled upon conscious dance 5 years ago, and went on to change his entire professional life as  an engineer and entrepreneur to share his passion for dance and music.  His career began as a resident DJ at Templo del Baile, a monthly conscious club in his hometown Madrid, with over 200 dancers.  After 2 years, he was invited to play for Ecstatic Dance Madrid, where  he was able to take his sets to the next level. During the pandemic, his  mission was to help the Ecstatic Dance community worldwide by helping  organisers to move to the challenging world of live-streaming. Once the  lockdowns were over, he set out to make people dance in person again by  offering donation-based sessions in the streets of Spain, a monthly event now known as La Plaga del Baile (The Plague of Dance). Dance The Medicine recruited him as a teacher  and tech support during their first Ecstatic DJ Conference in May 2020,  where he has been working ever since, sharing all his know-how and passion.


→ What gear/software do I need? You will be required to download and install the latest version of Traktor Pro 3 (software). If you wish to purchase a controller (hardware), we recommend Traktor Kontrol S2 (which comes with Traktor Pro 3 software. It is an entry-level controller and likely the easiest DJ controller to learn on, however you can use any brand/model of DJ controller that is compatible with Traktor Pro 03 for this training. While you are not required to have a DJ controller/console for this course, you will get far more out of the course if you do have one. 

→ How do I know which course (Beginner or Intermediate) is right for me?

You  will know best where you fit. Sometimes it is best to take a very basic course in order to hone our skills and have an opportunity to feel  confident. At other times, we need to throw ourselves off the deep end  and jump before we feel ready. We are confident that anyone of any level could learn a lot for either of our courses. However, if you would like our input please take this survey and we will get back to you to discuss which course is right for you. 

→ For how long will the recordings be available? The video recordings will be available for you to watch for a period of 180 days.

→ What's your cancellation policy? In case of cancellation from your side, we don't offer any refunds, no matter the reason. 


"This training is for the big visionaries, event organizers, 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 surrounding 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 as of dancers, organizers, 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 honor to be apart 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 in 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 visualization 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

Very much looking forward to meeting you!

Bernice, Alex & the DTM team

What’s included

  • 9 modules (27 hours)
    Live classes, break-out groups, Q&A sessions & 1-on-1 assistance
  • Assignments
    5 homeworks to get you out there and keep you actively engaged as a DJ
  • Digital manual
    Reading from our own Ecstatic DJ Training manual
  • 20 tracks (mp3)
    From selected artists to kick-start your collection
  • Video recordings
    Released after 48 hours so you watch the classes you missed or re-watch any sessions you want
  • Designated FB group
    To continue discussions and share resources with your classmates
  • Graduation certificate
    Send by email for you to print
  • Traktor Pro 3
    Software to download and install before training starts
  • DJ Controller
    We recommend Traktor Kontrol S2

Available Packages

Beginner DJ - Tuesdays

•Live classes, break-out groups, Q&A sessions & 1-on-1 assistance
•9 sessions of 3 hours (total class time 27 hours)
•Assignments, worksheets & resources
•Full access to the recordings (released 48 hours after each class)
•A designated Facebook group to continue weekly discussions and share resources with your classmates
•A graduation certificate
•A support network of fellow Ecstatic DJs

Deposit: €150

Available options

60-min mentoring session (1-on-1)

Your Organizer

Dance The Medicine
4 reviews
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!


This was such a fantastic course & I absolutely loved Bernice's energy & passion! I have been lucky enough to jump straight into facilitating ecstatic dances & felt ready & confident, due to this course. I am hugely grateful. I would love it it there was more of a a conversation around diversity as this is still an area that makes a lot of people feel incredibly uncomfortable. I would be very happy to have more of a conversation about this. Thanks again & much love xx
By Rajneet S for Embodied Facilitator Training 2021 on 08 Nov, 2021
Absolutely incredible. I loved this training course. I have learned so much that is applicable not just in terms of facilitating conscious dance, but about embodiment and the wider aspects and benefits of it. Also the importance of the role a Facilitator has both in a wider context (healing for humanity) and a smaller context (healing for the self and individuals) and even a little bit of physics! Ultimately I feel a part of something, a growing community and I cannot wait to contribute to this by taking this training forward.
By Carli T for Embodied Facilitator Training 2021 on 27 Oct, 2021
Content is nice revision The videos are very long It would be great to be able to fill in a form or send back any work for review and receive a certificate as an option Thanks so much 🙂
By Lucy S for Ecstatic Leadership Training 2021 on 30 Mar, 2021
This course was facilitated excellently from beginning to end. I have come away with an abundance of knowledge and advice from experienced professionals who delivered the training with kindness, enthusiasm and creativity always. Thank you Dance The Medicine, the whole team and everyone who took part on the course for a beautiful and unforgettable training experience over zoom - who'd have thought it!?
By Fran D for Ecstatic Leadership Training 2021 on 25 Mar, 2021