Dances of Universal Peace

Ring in the New Year
with Dances of Universal Peace
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
at United Church of Gainesville
with DiAnahita & musicians

Images of our New Year's Eve Global Peace Dance. Click to view more.

New Year's Eve Global Peace Dance in Gainesville Florida 12-31-2014

New Year's Eve Global Peace Dance in Gainesville Florida 12-31-2014

2014 New Year's Eve Global Peace Dance in Gainesville Florida 12-31-2014

Doors open at 7PM   Music by Khalika at 7:15   Dancing begins at  7:30
     "The New Year's Eve Global Peace Dance was simply terrific!  Afterwards so many people commented that they felt energized and elevated by it. This will remain with everyone for a long time, and will help us all to build our dance practice individually and as a community. Add one more thanks from me for all of us!"   -Patrick
with DiAnahita
"Thank you for the magnificent New Year's Global Peace Dance!  As soon as we began, I apparently entered a trance state in which time ceased to exist, yet I was fully present in the eternal Now.  I was so surprised when you began leading the last Dance, that we had come to the resting place of this New Year's Circle.  I felt as if we had Danced for about 15 minutes at the most!"  Infinite Love & Radiant Blessings,  Sukaynah
The Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing) honor sacred traditions of the earth by incorporating mantras & scripture of the world’s religions into melodic moving meditations.  The evening will include singing, dancing, & prayers, with everyone participating.
These dances are spiritual practice
for many dancers,
& we can help maintain the sacred, joyful atmosphere as we sing & dance.
It is customary to sing whole-heartedly,
hold a minute or so of silence
after a dance ends, & to refrain from talking throughout the evening.

We are thankful for this opportunity
to dance together & to celebrate the coming year with peaceful hearts.
Please sign in upon arrival.
Wear comfortable shoes for dancing.
Khalika Pethes - Harmonium, Guitar, Vocals
Mike Vincent - Guitar
Haqiqqa Lynn McRee - Guitar
David Willkomm - Percusssion
Mary Fukuyama - Dumbek & Flute

"Peace Begins with a Smile." 
Mother Theresa
No Dances at Peacock Paradise this January.  Next dance Feb. 28
RSVP with your name, guests, the event, & questions or comments.
RSVP is nice, but not necessary, for the Global Peace Dance; however, we enjoy anticipating your coming!
Please forward this invitation to your friends who might enjoy attending.
All the stars and all the galaxies
Run through her hands like beads.
     Ishk Allah maboud lilah Allah
     Ishk Allah maboud lilah Allah
   Allah, Allah   
La ilaha il Allah       
Send Thy Peace, O Lord,
which is perfect & everlasting, that our souls may radiate peace.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
"The Global Peace Dance was such a wonderful way to end the year.  I am SO glad that John & I came. Never having experienced Dances of Universal Peace, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What I got was joy, love & a lightness about our world that gave me hope & vigor for the New Year. What a fabulous gift. Thank you."
                             Namaste, Jane    
         P.S. "Wasn't it great how John's demeanor changed from uptightness to joy! I told him I was sending my observation of him to you & he laughed in agreement
"Your presence fills the space with clear, connected, sacred energy."
originator of the Dances of Universal Peace in the late 1960's, was a student of Sufi Inayat Khan.  "Sufi SAM" was a mystic and teacher to the hippies of San Francisco.
        Sacred movement and song have long brought people together to restore hope, overcome differences, and celebrate unity. The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition.      
        Peace is fostered by holding hands in a circle of equals, regardless of culture, nationality, age, religion, or social backgrounds: healing separation by the collective experience of touching the depth of feelings generated through sacred phrases from many different spiritual traditions.
Khalika - Rebecca Pethes
will offer kirtan before the dance begins
and original music afterwards while we are mingling and packing up.
Set-up & Practice   at UCG
Tues., Dec. 30,   4:30 – 5:30

Musicians, dancers, helpers & angels
    We will decorate the hall, practice music, learn & review dances.  If you would like to do a brief reading, we will practice those on Tues. afternoon too.  Come join the fun of preparing for our event.
      On the night of the dance we will need people to greet newcomers and help us take down afterwards.  It goes fast with a lot of hands.  All help appreciated!         RSVP
Expansion of Consciousness
Words to some of the Songs

Om Shanti

Peace, Salaam, Shalom
Jubilate Deo, Alleluia
Peace be with you, & with you be peace.
As-salaam aleikum, waleikum as-salaam.
Shalom aleihem, Aleihem Shalom.

Too bay hune  lahb die slama
Dock nowee duh Alaha nit qarune
Altissimo Corazon 3x  Que Floresqua
Que floresqua la luz 3x  Que Floresqua
Siya kudumisa 3x N’kosi yethu
Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Rai Ram
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"Peace, Salaam, Shalom!"

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-Sophia Shunny
Silver City, New Mexico

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Dances of Universal Peace honor religious traditions of the world by chanting phrases from holy scriptures & oral traditions.

Everything is taught in the moment as we join our voices together.

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