Ishtar Dance Workshop: Ancient Priestess Dance Ritual
December 1, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm| £20
Ishtar is an ancient goddess of fertility, love, war and sexuality. One of the few remained reliefs originates from Mesopotamia from the period 3500 BC. Her accompanying symbols are two lions and the eight-pointed star. She represents the Divine Feminine in all its aspects from the Loving Mother to the Courageous Warrior.
The Star of Ishtar or Star of Inanna is a symbol of the ancient Sumerian goddess Inanna and her East Semitic counterpart Ishtar. Alongside the lion, it was one of Ishtar’s primary symbols. Because Ishtar was associated with the planet Venus, the star is also known as the Star of Venus.
Ishtar Dance is about connecting with our natural rhythm and feeling the movements from within, finding and releasing tension from deep places in the body and celebrating getting in touch with ourselves. We will be looking at how dance movements relate to the chakras, and what that means for every person.
The aim of this workshop is to learn a movement and make it yours, so that your dance will always be authentic. This is why we dance in a circle rather than in front of a mirror. If you are performance oriented you will find that, having a knowledge and feeling of why you are moving in the way you are, will add great purpose and power to your dance when performing.
Ishtar Dance is about getting in touch with the creative aspect of life, so if you wish you can dress it up or down, or wear make up or not, it’s entirely up to you! Just make sure that what you wear is comfortable, you can move in it and please feel free to be as imaginative as you like. I will be wearing leggings, a normal top and a coin belt around my hips, but you could also wear a skirt (I won’t wear a skirt because it will be harder to show you the movements if I do).
We will be dancing in a circle together for some of the time and at other times we will be moving freely around the space to practice and experiment feeling the movements we have learned in our own bodies. Bring a scarf or coin belt (if you have one) to tie round your hips. I will bring some coin belts for you to borrow on the day. The scarf /coin belt is not compulsory, however, having a a scarf/ tassel or -best of all – a coin belt makes shimmying the hips easier as it brings awareness to that area of the body. The sound of the coin belt is also great for clearing the energy field around the body.
This ISHTAR DANCE Ancient Priestess Dance Ritual workshop is open to all levels, ages and genders. You will get a great workout and sweat, so please don’t eat just before or if you must, keep it very light.
Just show up and the dance will do the rest!