Below you find a list of Dances of Universal Peace, which came through Ralph. We are gradually adding the music and dance descriptions one by one as a pdf file.
This collection will hopefully be the beginning of a brochure, containing around 12-20 dances.
NEW:We now have a YouTube video channel with Ralph & Vitalija leading Dances of Universal Peace:
=> www.youtube.com/RainbowDanceUK We are also looking for someone, who would be happy to video more of our dances!
Special thanks to John Rees in Stroud, who is writing the musical scores for us!
All dance movements and melodies by Ralph, if not stated otherwise.
If you have any information about the origin or background of the melodies (see below), please contact Ralph!
More dance descriptions will be posted soon.
The overview below with dances sorted by speed, rather than by religious categories is a useful way to plan a dance programme:
Modern Halleluja (dynamic dance with clapping), 3 part round from "Cantiones Sacrae", sacred songs, rounds and chants for singing in community, Barbara Swetina, www.sacredsongs.net - posted 7 July 2011 - origin of the melody?
Lailailailai 2 voices (dynamic nigun partner dance with clapping), - melody from Myrna Rabinowitz => www.myrnarabinowitz.com, on the CD: "And You Shall Teach Your Children" by Shir Hadash. (permission to use this melody was given to Ralph)
updated 12 July 2011
La illaha il Allah ("Haqq Allah") - Zikr Dance (medium slow & powerful, with open harmonising end to a magic Afghan zikr melody as sung by Zuleika) updated 20 Sept. 2010
- origin of the melody?
Bismillah - Riga Cycle 1 & 3 (Bismillah Erahman Erahim, [Hu] Allah Hu... - part 1 & 3, slow dance, sung in 2 part harmonies with alphas & omegas, melody by Gary M., Riga) updated 11 March 2011
Bismillah - Riga Cycle 2 (Bismillah alhamdulila, Erahman Erahim, la illaha il Allah (part 2, lively partner dance with clapping, alphas & omegas - melody by Gary M., Riga) posted 27 Feb 2011
[The 2 Riga Cycle dances are my most recent and probably best peace dances - true jewels! Ralph]
[La illaha il Allah] ("washroom zikr", medium speed)
Each of the Dances has it's own history - some came within a second while cycling in a happy mood, others gradually evolved...
The process of creation, and "who created this dance?", is a bit of a mystery, and probably a co-creation of inspiration, intuition and experience. I would describe the process like:
"The inspiration came into me - and the dance came out of me." In Ralph's case the background of many years of Sacred Dance / circle Dance has certainly been helpful.
Having beeng on a spiritual path and practicing the Subud Latihan, or listening to "the still small voice within" in the Quaker Meeting, may also have helped the creative process.