Conscious/Ecstatic DJ sets are different from those at regular dance parties or nightclubs. Dancers expect a full spectrum journey, characterised by expansive intros and spacious outros, while masterfully mixing varied tempos and genres throughout. This requires mad skills! Conscious DJs aim to deepen dancers' inner self-connection and cultivate community spirit, aspiring for transformative, often life-changing, experiences. This calls for finesse in track choice, profound transition expertise, and grasping the human experience and using it as a muse.
At our Intermediate Ecstatic DJ Training, we’ll take the next steps to provide you with everything needed to create these truly transformative dance journeys. You’ll learn alongside a small cohort of experienced conscious dance professionals in a fun and supportive environment. We focus on practical skill-based learning, personal attention, and providing customised guidance based on your cohort's abilities and interests.
✤ Is Our Intermediate Level DJ Training right for you?
✤ Our Intermediate Level Ecstatic DJ Training is for…
→ Ecstatic Dance DJs aiming to enhance their skills set to create more harmonic dance journeys
→ Tech-proficient DJs keen to master the craft of multi-genre, dynamic Ecstatic Dance journeys
→ Graduates of DTM’s Beginner Ecstatic DJ Training ready for the next step.
→ Conscious Dance DJs eager to be able to confidently adapt and respond to dancers and the moment
→ Dance facilitators seeking further tech proficiency in DJ software.
→ Conscious Dance DJ craving more skill and confidence
→ Someone wanting to learn with other experienced DJs who understand skills specific to conscious dance DJing.
→ DJs eager to grow further in a fun & supportive environment with guidance from seasoned DJs
If you find yourself nodding along to any of the points above and want to have fun while advancing your DJ skills, don't hesitate to join us at DTM DJ Training, designed especially for professionals in conscious dance music.
If you are at the intermediate level and prefer to learn in person, check out our ECSTATIC DJ CAMP (Oct 2023) and our IN-PERSON DJ TRAINING (Jun 2024).
Or If you need a more entry-level course, consider our ONLINE BEGINNER LEVEL DJ TRAINING (Nov 2023)
✤ What to Expect at the Intermediate DJ Training?
This 7-module training will take place on Tuesdays over a period of 7 weeks. The training begins April 2nd and ends on May 14th, 2024. Each 3-hour module blends lectures, live demos, mini dance sessions, assignment reviews, group discussions, and solo practice with personalised guidance from our DJ mentors.
We begin with a review of Traktor Software basics and DTM's unique Set Creation Model. From there we journey, mixing theoretical and technical sessions with hands-on sessions, emphasising transitions and practice, while making time for group discussions, live demos, dancing. Topics we’ll cover include;
→ Masterful library management
→ Strategic approach to track sourcing
→ Detailed waveform analysis
→ Fluid improvised mixing
→ Proficient in counting music & phrasing
→ Comprehensive understanding of DJ software
→ Advanced use of controllers
→ MIDI mapping
→ Harmonic mixing
→ Smooth transition skills for seamless DJ sets
→ Elevated techniques in filtering, EQ-ing, FX, and looping
→ Skilful DJ-ing with 4 decks
→ And so much more
Benefit from two 1-on-1 sessions with a DJ coach, tackling whichever obstacle is holding you back, regardless of where you stand in your DJ journey. We adapt our teaching to your cohort's skill level, interests, and specific requests, while maintaining the objectives of our established DTM DJ Training Curriculum. Our end goal is to create a unique and meaningful learning experience, making sure you leave this training with the skills you wanted to learn and having filled in the blanks you didn’t even know existed.
→ Central European Time (UTC+1) 18:00-21:00 (Madrid, Paris)
→ Western European Time (UTC+0) 17:00-20:00 (London, Lisbon)
→ Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) 12:00-15:00 (New York)
→ Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8) 9:00-12:00 (LA, Vancouver)
All sessions will be recorded and released within 48 hours to allow participants to catch up on any missed sessions and stay on track with content and assignments.
Opt for our Self-led Online Ecstatic DJ Training and gain immediate access to a comprehensive 200+ page manual paired with engaging video content from recordings of our most recent training. The course is structured into 9 modules, culminating in a total of 24 hours of video learning. Furthermore, for a span of 9 months, you'll have unrestricted access. 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 Ecstatic DJ Training program and start your DJ journey today!
Dive into our 7-module DJ curriculum, tailored to those already adept with DJ software, but want to elevate their set creation, especially in the conscious dance realm. Boost your technical prowess, discover new techniques, and explore an evolving curriculum that addresses your queries. Each module intensifies your knowledge, integrating interactive discussions with peers and expert DTM DJ mentors, ensuring loads of Q&A opportunities to quench your curiosities
✤ Module 01 • INTRODUCTION (02 Apr)
→ Meet the team, your cohorts and get an overview of this training
→ Intro to DTM's Conscious Dance Set Creation Model (aka 'The Magic Carpet Ride')
→ Dive into Traktor Pro 3 DJ software to establish common ground, reviewing the basics
✤ Module 02 • REVIEW SET CREATION (09 Apr)
→ Review set creation, with focus on creating the ‘Body of the Set’
→ A deeper dive into your Traktor browser including advanced library organisation, file management, and browsing
→ Live demo set followed by a Q&A with the DJ
✤ Module 03 • TRACKS + DECKS (16 Apr)
→ Tracks! When to use them, how to find them and where to buy them!
→ Using cue points effectively, next-level looping, and adjusting the beatgrid
→ Deck layout, track decks, waveform & how it relates to counting music and phrasing
✤ Module 04 • TRANSITIONS REVIEW + CONTROLLERS (23 Apr)
→ A review of the three basic transitions: Intro/Outro, “Drop on the 1” and Syncing
→ Controllers; learn what ALL the buttons, knobs and sliders do
→ Intro to midi mapping
→ 1-on-1 with a DTM DJ Coach + Group Practice with help from DTM DJ Mentors
✤ Module 05 • ADVANCED MIXING 01 (30 Apr)
→ Filtering, EQ-ing, FX, looping, and harmonic mixing
→ Student transitions demonstrations (we use your tracks to teach specific transitions)
→ Deeper dive into the mixer section of Traktor Pro 3 and your controller
✤ Module 06 •ADVANCED MIXING 02 (07 May)
→ Group check-in, mini-lesson, and practice instructions and more student demo transitions
→ 1-on-1 with a DTM DJ Coach + Group Practice with help from DTM DJ Mentors
→ Live demo set followed by a Q&A with the DJ
✤ Module 07 • ONWARD (14 May)
→ Playing Live, reading the room and Improvisation
→ Final bits of wisdom from DJ Coaches + Q&A
→ We will end our time together with a graduation ritual ♥
*Subject to change/be finalised Nov 2023
“An incredibly passionate group of experienced teachers, lovely and open-hearted people from all over the world! Perfect way to connect with Ecstatic Dance professionals and lovers and to broaden your knowledge of every aspect of Djing. It is an honor to be a part of this amazing Ecstatic Tribe!”
→ Marija Ranic • Serbia
“A beautiful way to get to know everyone in the business I'm working in. Everything that was shared came so much out of the heart, this makes me believe that dancing makes the world a better place! Thank you <3”
→ Anna Merel • Guatemala
“It was a great experience and definitely worth the investment! The instructors were incredibly knowledgeable, and the classes were so interactive, which made it even more fun! I’m so glad I decided to join this group!"
→ Samantha Johnson - USA
“This school was amazingly well-thought-out and put together. A great balance of learning technique, theory, and practicing. The 1-on-1 time with experienced DJs was also extremely helpful. I ended this school experience feeling like my time and money was well-invested!”
→ Stephen Wieber • USA
“This course really expanded my DJ knowledge, and I got to meet other aspiring Ecstatic Dance DJs to discuss all our burning questions. It has given me a lot of confidence to DJ live now at events. I enjoyed it immensely, it was such a fun learning experience!”
→ Iona McNeil • UK
✤ 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 Art Therapy (The Tamalpa Institute), 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 her training repertoire, she went on to founded Dance The Medicine, a collective of accomplished conscious dance professionals on a mission 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 and health through connection to self, community and humanity.
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.
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.
→ How do I know if I am a beginner or an Intermediate student?
If you like, fill out this form to help you decide!
The short answer is; If you can comfortably improvise using DJ software at a dance or party, you're likely an Intermediate. If you've played with a pre-made playlist from iTunes or streaming services, opt for the beginner course.
The main difference between beginner and intermediate is proficiency with DJ software. If you've used it for years but only know the essentials, the beginner course would still benefit you most. If you want guidance to support your decision, please reach out at info@dancethemedicine.
If you feel you would be better served on a beginner course, check out our ONLINE ECSTATIC DJ TRAINING BEGINNER (Nov 2023)
→ Which DJ controller/software do I need?
You can join this course regardless of what DJ Software you currently use. Our teachers will demonstrate and teach exclusively on Traktor Pro 3 DJ software. While you are not required to download and install Traktor Pro 3 to take this course, you will likely get far more out of the experience if you do. If you wish to purchase a DJ controller, we recommend Traktor Kontrol S2 (which comes with Traktor Pro 3) to our beginners as an entry-level controller, or the Traktor Kontrol S4 if you want to buy something more professional and higher quality. You may use any brand/model of DJ controller/console you wish for the training. We offer our students a 25% discount on all Native Instruments' Traktor products.
→ For how long will the recordings be available?
The video recordings will be available for you to watch for a period of 9 months.
→ What's your cancellation policy?
In case of cancellation from your side, we don't offer any refunds, no matter the reason.
→ The full experience: Live classes, interactive breakout groups, DJ demos, somatic based activities, and comprehensive Q&A sessions
→ 7 content-packed modules, offering a total of 24 hours of learning
→ 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, fellow Ecstatic DJs to get help long after the course ends
Sign up by the end of February and get 10% off regular pricing.
The first 3 to sign up will get 150€ off!