Dance Expresses the Heart of the Dancer

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, the column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week the Peace Dancers shares moments from the Touch of Africa conference and delights us with the news of her first published book!

Greetings and welcome to This Week in Peace! Out of all the news on all the news circuits, it is an honor to report on events taking place in the realm of peace. Activities of peace vary greatly. There are countless experiences to be had within this energy. With its unwavering power to put hearts at ease, the spirit of peace evolves endlessly. It can change circumstances for the better in the blink of an eye. The energy of peace doesn't have to be expressed in a dance. It could be a simple smile or a small gesture that uplifts someone. It does count if that someone is only yourself! One individual heart at peace can inspire many.

This Week the Dance of Peace ventured to Santa Cruz to attend the Touch of Africa conference. Dancers and teachers from around the world came together to make this event shine. Each person shared a piece of their culture by placing themselves there with the willingness to dance authentically for the benefit of all. It was much more than exercise. Dance expresses the heart of the dancer. It is a language of its own. It feels wonderful and it means everything when offered in the context of expressing joy and gratitude. One after another, the teachers shared their traditions, their passion and their expertise. In English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and emphatic gestures, they explained the profound spiritual symbolism behind each dance. Their movements reflected a purpose rooted in nature, praise and other virtues. One teacher, Jennifer, was particularly electrifying. She cued the drummers with her body, flying away on the music. She moved her glutes with isometric precision, creating a dance so skillful that it rocked us (60+ people) to the core! At one point she danced so vigorously, gracefully and powerfully that her wig flew right off! Everyone went wild. It was a spontaneous explosion of peace in our laughter.

Peace Dancer reading to children from her first book
The Peace Dancer reads to children from her first published book.

Meanwhile, the Dance of Peace has become a book entitled, “The Peace Dancer.” Written in succinct rhyming prose, it is the magical story of a young girl who has an idea to cheer up her neighbors. With the help of her friend, Black Cat, the peace dancer is able to uplift her neighborhood while uncovering her destiny. The book introduces the concept of peace into our awareness in a way that is fun and relatable. There will be events throughout the summer based on the book. These events feature music, dance, stories, live performances and snacks. Stay tuned for dates and times near you! 

The first of such events took place during the Sub Zero Festival at the Downtown Yoga Shala on Friday, June 6th. The festival was large, lighting up the night with neon, fire and an art-meets-technology theme. There were ladies who had been beautifully transformed by body paint into birds and flowers. This environment was ripe for the Dance of Peace! People walking by joined in, joyfully lending their talents to the mission of 'peace in every heart'. Functions like this are pure on the level of bringing people together in the warm spring evening. Everyone present experiences the sunset together. Families are exploring the art, making unique discoveries. This brings an openness within where peace itself can enter. Occasions like this are plentiful in the Bay Area during the summer months. Check your community newspapers and websites for opportunities to stroll with your loved ones and meet new friends. Consider hosting your own event featuring things that you enjoy! Go outdoors and check out the celestial wonders. All of these activities nourish our souls and bring us together where we belong. Thanks and see you out there!

***Hours/Location for the weekly Dance of Peace Performances:

Sundays 11am, Campbell Farmers' Market 
Tuesdays 12 noon, San Carlos and Meridian, San Jose


Check Out More of This Week in Peace Column:
Peace Blossoms in Freedom

The Dance of Peace Spreading Magic in Santa Cruz 

Peace Within Ourselves

This article is part of the categories: Arts & Culture  / Community  / San Jose//South Bay 
This article is part of the tags: Khalilah Ramirez  / Peace Dancer  / Peace Dancer Book  / San Jose Peace Dancer 

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