Ecstatic DJ School - Intermediate

Worldwide/Online

DT
4 reviews
Mar 23 - May 25, 2022
Group size: 10 - 20
Ecstatic DJ School - Intermediate
Worldwide/Online

4 reviews

€NaN
Mar 23 - May 25, 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 Beginner course. If you're not sure which level is right for you, fill in this survey.  

INTERMEDIATE COURSE: WEDNESDAYS

✤ For established DJs and conscious dance music makers. Join a small cohort of colleagues to up-level skills and fill in the blanks in your DJ tool kit ✤


→ Are you an Ecstatic Dancer and musician who wants to get more involved in the dance community as an Ecstatic DJ? 

→  Do you feel comfortable with the technical side of DJ software but are unsure how to put together an Ecstatic/Conscious set? 

→  Are you an established conscious Dance Facilitator or Ecstatic dance organizer looking to take your DJ skills to the next level and feel more comfortable behind the decks?

→  Would you like to learn alongside peers who understand skills specific to conscious dance DJing, which are not understood in a traditional DJ academy environment? 

→ Join us and 12-16 fellow intermediate-level DJs 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. 


CURRICULUM

What makes conscious/Ecstatic DJ sets different from those played at regular dance parties or nightclubs? Mixed BPM/genre sets created with expansive intros and spacious outros allow dancers to move through a full spectrum dance journey;  inward towards connection with self, outward into a dance practice among community and finally onward, into the world having been somehow changed by the dance. Knowing what tracks to use, where to put them and how to get from one track to the next is what we teach!


DTM’s EDJ School teaches emergently. We plan and deliver curriculum by responding to your specific cohorts skill level, interests and requests. While we aim to fulfill the learning objectives set out in our programming, our ultimate goal for the intermediate level is a uniquely curated group learning experience. We want you to leave this training with the skills you wanted to learn and having filled in the blanks you didn’t even know existed. 


DTM Ecstatic DJ School - Technical Intermediate 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
    • Alex’s Traktor Pro 3 Top Tips: Streamline Workflow, Lower Stress & Have Fun!
    • Playing Live, Reading the Room and Improvisation
    • DJ Controllers : Learn what ALL the Buttons, Knobs & Sliders do.
    • A Deep Dive into Preferences: Getting your DJ software set-up just right!
    • Best Practices for Setting Cue/Load/Grid/Loop points & Beatgridding
    • Intermediate Transitions 
      • Seamless Mixing: Combining Basic Transition Techniques 
      • Filtering/EQ/FX
      • Looping: Why to pre-set them & how to set them on the fly
      • Harmonic Mixing
  • 4 Practice sessions
    •  1-on-1 w/ a DTM DJ Coach
    • Group Practice w/ DTM DJ Mentors
  • And more! Our emergent style of teaching delivers a curriculum unique to your cohort over 9 modules, in a supportive and fun environment.


PROGRAM


✤ 01 - BIG PICTURE (March 23)

→ 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')

→ Dive into Traktor Pro 3 DJ software to establish common ground and go over the basics


✤ 02 - PRACTICE 01 (March 30)

→ 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 6)

→ Reviewing Set Creation, while focusing on the ‘Body of the Set’

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

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


✤ 04 - PRACTICE 02 (April 13)

→ 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


✤ 1-WEEK BREAK FOLLOWING EASTER ✤


✤ 05 - TRACKS + DECKS (April 27)

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

→ Cue points, Loops & Beatgridding 

→ Deck Layout, Track Decks, Waveform & how it relates to Counting Music and Phrasing


✤ 06 - PRACTICE 03 (May 4)

→ 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 11)

→ A deep dive into Transitions, combining the basics to seamlessly blend tracks

→ Plus! Filtering, EQing, FXLooping & Harmonic Mixing

→ Deep dive into the Mixer section of Traktor Pro 3 and your controller


✤ 08 - PRACTICE 04 (May 18)

→ 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 25)

→ Playing Live, Reading the Room and Improvisation

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

→ We will end our time together with a graduation ritual ♥



We will divide our 3-hour sessions between:

  • Lectures and demonstrations following DTM’s step by step methodology. 
  • Mini dance sessions
  • Small group check ins, discussion and assignment review
  • Solo practice in a group setting with 1 on 1 help available from DTM DJ Mentors
  • Four 1-on-1 sessions with a DTM DJ Coach
  • We make  there is time each day for Q&A

You will receive:

  • Weekly homework assignments to keep you actively engaged with DJing
  • DTM’s Ecstatic DJ Training manual
  • Full access to the recordings (for a period of 180 days)
  • Access to a private FB group for all of DTM’s Ecstatic DJ School students. Long after you have graduated you have a place to receive and give support to other DJs
  • A digital certificate upon completion of course
  • Confidence and community!


YOUR TEACHERS


✤ 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.



Q&A


→ What gear/software do I need?  Our teachers will demonstrate and teach exclusively on Traktor Pro 3 software. While you are not required to download and install Traktor Pro 3 (if you use other DJ software), you will get far more out of this course if you do. If you wish to purchase a DJ controller (hardware), we recommend Traktor Kontrol S2 (which comes with Traktor Pro 3) as an entry-level controller, or the Traktor Kontrol S4 if you want to choose something more professional. You may use any brand/model of DJ controller/console you wish for the training.


→ 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. 



TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR GRADUATES


"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
    Sent by email for you to print
  • Traktor Pro 3
    Software to download and install before training starts
  • DJ Controller
    We recommend Traktor Kontrol S2 or S4

Available Packages

Intermediate DJ - Wednesdays

•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

€695
Deposit: €150

Available options

60-min mentoring session (1-on-1)
€75

Your Organizer


DT
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!

Reviews

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