Ecstatic Leadership Training


      17 reviews
      Nov 8 - Dec 6, 2020
      Group size: 20 - 30
      Ecstatic Leadership Training

      17 reviews

      Nov 8 - Dec 6, 2020
      Group size: 20 - 30

      About this trip

      An online training for budding conscious dance leaders and community builders

      Have you been dreaming about starting your own Ecstatic Dance and don't know where to begin? Are you a conscious dance teacher whose classes lack the numbers you desire? Have you been running conscious dance events and feel it's time to take it to the next level? Join us and 20 fellow burgeoning Ecstatic Leaders on this exciting new adventure!


      This 9-module training will take place over a period of 5 weeks. We will come together each Sunday and Wednesday for 3 hours. Training begins on Sunday 8 November and ends on Sunday December 6.

      Central European Time (UTC+1) 18:00-21:00 (Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin)

      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 (Los Angeles, Vancouver)

      All sessions will be recorded and released with 24 hours to allow participants to make up any missed sessions and stay on track with content and assignments.

      9 MODULES

      The organization of a conscious dance event involves wearing many hats. Our training is delivered in 9 modules which build upon each other. Our curriculum is designed to answer some of the most common questions we are asked. 

      1- WELCOME/MOVEMENT (Sun Nov 8)

      • What makes conscious dance 'conscious'? 
      • Why use dance to build community?
      • What does it take to run a successful Ecstatic Dance?

      2- VISION (Wed Nov 11)

      • How do I turn the community I dream of into a reality?
      • What format will best serve my community?
      • What are the first steps to take?

      3- COMMUNITY (Sun Nov 15)

      • How do I attract a diverse community?
      • Where is the best location for my dance? 
      • How do I gather a dream team and who do I look for?

      4- VENUE (Wed Nov 18)

      • How do I find the perfect venue?
      • What should I look for and what pitfalls should I avoid?
      • How do I negotiate hire rates?

      5- MARKETING (Sun Nov 22)

      • What are the most effective ways to promote my dance?
      • How do I create attractive artwork?
      • How can I grow my following on social media?

      6- MUSIC (Wed Nov 25)

      • What music is appropriate for conscious dance events?
      • What structure is required to create a dance journey?
      • How do I hire DJs?

      7- MONEY (Sun Nov 29)

      • How do I work out a budget for my dance?
      • How do I calculate my pricing?
      • What should I pay my team?

      8- CEREMONY (Wed Dec 2)

      • Is it necessary to have an opening/closing ceremony?
      • What does it mean to 'hold space'?
      • Does a conscious dance have to be spiritual?

      9- ONWARD (Sun Dec 6)

      • 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, many more) as we divide our 3-hour sessions between lectures on the day's topic, breaking into small groups for discussion and assignments, while making sure there is a little time each day for Q&A. 


      BERNICE RAABIS (Founder of Dance the Medicine)

      While now an experienced teacher of Ecstatic Dance Leaders, Bernice began humbly in a small dance studio nestled in the Kootenay Mountains of Western Canada. Here she ran bi-weekly events for over 8 years; Dance Church, a multi-generational Sunday morning dance, and Dance The Medicine, a conscious dance class based on Soul Motion, Movement-based Expressive Arts and Somatic Therapy. By 2016 Bernice was working beyond her local community, co-founded Ecstatic Dance International and began hosting successful 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 this past May, 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. 

      RENÉE LACROIX (Founder of Ecstatic Dance UK)

      French-Canadian by birth and Londoner by adoption, Renée is a passion-led serial entrepreneur. She started businesses in the fashion and food industry before launching Ecstatic Dance UK in London. After encountering Buddhism and establishing a daily meditation practice, she discovered conscious dancing in 2015 through 5Rhythms.  In addition to being an Ecstatic Dance organiser and facilitator, she also found her vocation through DJing. Her Sunday morning dances have been an instant success, gathering 100+ dancers weekly. During lockdown, she learned how to livestream music and quickly established a highly attended dance on Zoom before launching outdoor silent disco-style dances in the park and leading two sold-out retreats this summer. Her vision is to make Ecstatic Dance more accessible and mainstream by hosting welcoming and inclusive events that appeal to a wider audience.


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      2 PATHWAYS


      • The full experience: live classes, break-out groups and Q&A sessions
      • 9 x 3-hour modules of content (total 27 hours)
      • 2 x 60 min mentoring sessions (1-on-1 with Bernice/Renée)
      • Weekly assignments, worksheets & resources
      • Full access to the recordings (released 24 hours after each class)
      • A designated Facebook group to continue weekly discussions and share resources with your classmates
      • A graduation certificate & goodies sent by mail
      • A support network of 20 fellow Ecstatic Leaders

      Who is this path for?

      • Those who want a cohort to learn with and keep as colleagues for the years to come
      • Those who learn better in groups
      • Those whose schedule will fit well with the hours of the live training
      • Those who want to be able to interact with teachers and other students


      • Full access to the recordings (released 24 hours after each class)
      • 9 x 2-hour modules of content (total 18 hours)
      • 30-min mentoring session (1-on-1 with Bernice or Renée)
      • All worksheets & resources

      Who is this path for?

      • Those who prefer to learn at their own pace
      • Those who learn better independently
      • Those whose schedule does not fit well with the hours of the live training (yes Aussies & Kiwis, we hear you!)
      • Those with limited financial means


      1. Will I receive a certification? Only those on Path A will be certified and receive a certificate by mail. We do not certify those on Path B as we have no way of knowing whether they completed the course and homeworks.

      2. 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 this is NOT a DJ training  and we won't cover any of the technical aspects of DJing. We DO offer  an in-person DJ training and are hoping to host one in the near future!

      3. For how long will the recordings be available? The videos will be uploaded on Vimeo (password-protected) and available for a period of 90 days after the training ends.

      4. I'm not sure which path is right for me. Can you advise me? Absolutely. Simply send us a message or email us:

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


      Path A: You'll simply need a steady internet connection and the Zoom software installed on your computer.

      Path B: You won't need any software, simply a web browser to watch the recordings (uploaded on Vimeo).


      €100 deposit to secure your place. Balance before Nov 8.

      Very much looking forward to teaching you!

      Bernice & Renée

      Available Packages

      Path A - The Dedicated Leader

      •The full experience: live classes, break-out groups and Q&A sessions
      •9 x 3-hour modules of content (total 27 hours)
      •2 x 60 min mentoring sessions (1-on-1 with Bernice/Renée)
      •Weekly assignments, worksheets & resources
      •Full access to the recordings (released 24 hours after each class)
      •A designated Facebook group to continue weekly discussions and share resources with your classmates
      •A graduation certificate & goodies sent by mail
      •A support network of 20 fellow Ecstatic Leaders

      Deposit: €100
      Path B - The Independent Leader

      •Full access to the recordings (released 24 hours after each class)
      •9 x 2-hour modules of content (total 18 hours)
      •30-min mentoring session (1-on-1 with Bernice or Renée)
      •All worksheets & resources

      Deposit: €100

      Your Organizer

      Dance The Medicine
      17 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!


      I really enjoyed this course, I struggle with learning online but this course felt really easy to get into. Loved meeting people from all over the world and would recommend this course to anyone wanting to be a leader/event organiser ☺️ Thank you to all the team involved in our training.
      By Melanie M for Conscious Dance Leadership Training 2023 • ONLINE on Dec 08, 2023
      Wonderful feeling of community has been created! A lot of support from student to student. New connections and inspiration. Accommodation was great even with double rooms. Food was great. What could be a bit different in the organisation: More practical tasks and exercising together, breaks during long classes it's okif not everyone gets to play. Would be nice to have some free time and free day for an excursion together.
      By Lola T for Ecstatic DJ Camp 2023 • SPAIN on Nov 06, 2023
      it was a Wonderfull journey and a great experience with beautiful community. Organization was perfect and food/accomadation was best ever for a retreat I've done spécial thanks and bravo for trainers and organizer(and cookers)
      By Philippe G for Ecstatic DJ Camp 2023 • SPAIN on Oct 31, 2023
      Absolute beginner going into the course and am now confidant that I can DJ an ecstatic dance. Great well-paced course with excellent instructors and mentors.
      By Jordan S for Ecstatic DJ School 2023 • ONLINE on Jun 21, 2023
      Great experience, would definitely recommend. Learned a lot, had a chance to share my experiences with other facilitators and had great support from the teaching staff. The manual is definitely a keeper and I'm sure I will return to it time and time again.
      By Jasenka A for Dance Facilitator Training 2023 • ONLINE on Jun 16, 2023
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