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Dances of Universal Peace & Chanting Calderdale / West Yorkshire
East Lancashire - Todmorden - Hebden Bridge - Luddenden
with Cordelia Jilani, Ralph, Robert, Vitalija & other (DUP) leaders
(incl. Interfaith events, devotional chanting, Taizé singing, Sufi dance, Sacred Dace / Circle Dance, Subud events & groups)
See also www.facebook.com/WestYorkshirePeaceDances

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Dances of      protected DUP Logo: circle of hearts      Universal Peace

Dances of Universal Peace (DUP) - experience the power & joy of chanting while dancing in a circle

Ralph Nimmann & Vitalija Zelenevska-Nimmann
accompany the Peace Dances with drum & guitar
          April 2015 Chant and dance can awaken a powerful, experiential response, that takes people beyond what a verbal recitation does.
Dances of Universal Peace on YouTube with Ralph & Vitalija leading: www.youtube.com/RainbowDanceUK
Watch a Playlist with 14 peace dances, led by Ralph on youtube.com/watch
We are happy to travel, if you organise and invite us for a peace dance event.

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood.
Dance when you’re perfectly free.”

[Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic]

The Dances of Universal Peace are often accompanied by drum, guitar or other instruments.
Newcomers are always welcome - no experience is required. More about the DUP
Read feedback from dancers with Ralph & Vitalija (photo)
You are invited to join our free e-mail list inviting and informing you about Calderdale peace dances:
Contact Ralph: rainbowralph[AT]gmail.com - or Jilani: jilanicordelia[AT]gmail.com
(We each have our own peace dance e-mail lists)
You are also welcome to join Ralph's a new "Devotional Chanting" e-mail list.



Special Peace Dance & related Events Calendar Calderdale 2016 (sorted by date):
Regular Events Listing see white box below   -   top of page

EVERY Tuesday weekly (& in the holidays) Hebden Bridge: Taizé harmony singing 10:45-11:45am with Ralph
NEW Venue: We currently meet at Robert's home
7 Crossley Terrace, Commercial Street
(next to B&B)
, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AY (Hope Baptist Chapel is still flood damaged).
Contact Ralph if you have questions: 07909 488272.
More about the weekly Taizé singing see Regular Events below

Sat 9 July (2nd Sat / month): DUP Todmorden with Ralph (& Vitalija), 3:45pm welcome tea, 4pm dancing until 6pm. Details see Regular Events below.

You are cordially invited to join us for this last peace dance afternoon before the summer break.
Newcomers and absolute beginners are ALWAYS welcome.
Cost: £10 - £5 (sliding scale - please give as much as you like to invest)
Venue: New Odd Fellows' Hall, Oxford Street, Todmorden, OL14 5PU - Map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk

Tuesday evenings in Luddenden: NO "Sufi Dancing" in July nor in August - EXCEPT 16th & 30 Aug! & weekly thereafter details

Fri 15 July – Thu 21 July Latvia: 7th international DANCING HEART CAMP with Dances of Universal Peace, Music, Mantra & Meditation in Latvia

We are people from different backgrounds, gathering together to get into special atmosphere of spirit, love, safeness and peace. Through live music, sacred words, movements and heart opening we create the next beautiful step in our lives. Join us and give yourself time to relax, and connect with your own longing Being - and other "dancing-hearted" ones.
Camp languages will be English, Russian, Latvian - and the language of the heart :)

IN THE PROGRAMME: (English-Russian-Latvian translation) Dances of Universal Peace - mantra singing & meditation - sufi practices & whirling - spontaneous dances - creativity area - chanting - morning breathing practices - drumming - sauna - camp fire - spontaneous creative events - swimming - sightseeing to Aglona Basilica (major sacred and pilgrimage place of the Catholic church in Latvia) ...

LEADERS: Sandra & Geoff (UK originally Wales), DUP - Silje Devi (Estonia), DUP - Dmitry Guljaev (Latvia), mantra-meditation, healing - Mussalam (Latvia)' sufi whirling - Victoria & Katerina (Latvia), DUP - Roland Abou Jounes (Latvia originally Lebanon), meditation, coaching.

VENUE: Recreation Centre Aglonas Alpi, on the peninsula Leitanu (2,5 km from Aglona Basilica), on the bank of Cirisa reservoir and Raudinu lake http://www.aglonasalpi.lv/eng_about_us

COST: 180 euro - Early Bird (booking by 1st of June): 170 Euro
CONTACT: Victoria (Skype: valkiria_wins) and Jekaterina +371 29818479, e: dupdance[AT]gmail.com (...and via Vitalija and Ralph)
LINKS & MORE:
www.duplatvija.com/dancingheartcamp2016.htm
www.facebook.com/duplatvia - and: facebook.com/events/1622069764680477/

In AUGUST: NO peace dances in Calderdale - enjoy the summer!

Fri 19 - Sat 27 Aug: Dance Camp North SUMMER CAMP in the Peak District
Details & More about Dance Camp North: www.dancecampnorth.org.uk/

20-28 Aug: "Dancing Spirit Camp", Somerset / Wiltshire near Bradford-on-Avon

The Dances of Universal Peace are the main focus of the Dancing Spirit Camp and deeply effect and inform every aspect of the camp experience. You need not consider yourself an able dancer or good singer to take part as the essence of your enjoyment has more to do with heartfelt opening than previous experience.
More about this camp: unicornvillagecamps.co.uk

Sat 3 Sept (1st Sat / month) Hebden Bridge: re-start Dances of Universal Peace, 3:30 welcome tea, from 4pm dancing - 6pm with Vitalija & Ralph, followed by a shared meal   Details: => Regular Events

As requested by dancers, we'll start later and invite you to a cuppa in the (sunny?) garden or indoors from 3:30pm, ready to dance at 4pm. Around 5pm we'll have a short break and angel cards. The shared meal is optional. Cost: £10 - £5 (sliding scale - please give as much as you like to invest)
Contact Ralph on 01422 647157 or 07909 488272 - e: rainbowralph[AT]gmail.com
Venue: Nutclough Tavern, 6-8 Nutclough (Keighley Road opp. Foster Lane), Hebden Bridge, HX7 8HA (use side entrance through the garden gate)
Map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk. Park your car in Foster Lane.

Sat 10 Sept (2nd Sat / month): Todmorden DUP with Vitalija & Ralph, 3:45pm welcome tea, 4pm dancing until 6pm. Details see Regular Events below.

Around 5pm we'll have a (shorter) tea break with angel cards - as requested by the dancers.
You are cordially invited to join us for our peace dance afternoon. Please let us know if you have any dance requests. Cost: £10 - £5 (sliding scale - please give as much as you like to invest)
Venue: New Odd Fellows' Hall, Oxford Street, Todmorden, OL14 5PU - Map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk

Sun 9 Oct: first "Hebden Bridge Dance Festival", all day!

We'll have many dance workshops to experience different forms of dance.
=> hebdenbridgedancefestival.simplesite.com
=> facebook.com/HebdenBridgeDanceFestival

=>
https://www.facebook.com/events/170001346719184/
Supported by the Calderdale Dance Artists Network - facebook.com/groups/calderdaledanceartistsnetwork
We need your help to organise this event!
Please contact us: Twitter: @hbdancef - e: hbdancef[AT]gmail.com - mob: 07909 488272

Vitalija & Ralph - 2008

Fri 28th to Sun 30th Oct 2016:
"Eat, Dance & Pray Together"
21st Dances of Universal Peace Weekend with Vitalija & Ralph

@ Loudwater Farm, London-Rickmansworth,

You are cordially invited to celebrate with us and our DUP friends around London
for all or part of the w/e.

Details & more

Leeds: Vitalija & Ralph like to come again and lead Dances of Universal Peace on a weekend afternoon
Please Contact us if you want to be invited!
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Chorlton (South Manchester): a weekend afternoon Dances of Universal Peace with Ralph & Vitalija
Please Contact us if you want to be invited!    top of page

Find more about peace dances (DUP), photos, Vitalija & Ralph in the blue link box, top of page

Dances of      protected DUP Logo: circle of hearts      Universal Peace

Regular Dances of Universal Peace Listing (+ chanting & related groups):
Special Events Calendar see blue box above   -   top of page

candles Hebden Bridge: Taizé harmony singing EVERY Tuesday 10:45-11:45am with Ralph
CHANGE of Venue: from Tue 5 Jan 2016 we meet at Robert's home, 7 Crossley Terrace, Commercial Street (next to B&B), Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AY, as Hope Baptist Chapel is flood damaged. Contact Ralph if you have questions: 07909 488272.
Singing - and silence. You are welcome to listen - or join our singing. No booking, experience or music reading required. We sing rounds and harmony chants mostly from the Taizé community & from "Cantiones Sacrae" (Findhorn) and occasional chants honouring other religions.
Video of our Taizé singing January 2015: caldersong.wordpress.com
Learn the songs: http://taize.fr/en_article10308.html
Cost: free. Donations are welcome (the donation goes towards Hope Baptist Chapel & the group leader)
Contact & more about Ralph - View / print 2 A5 posters on A4 (word.doc)
"Like" us on www.facebook.com/TaizeHebdenBridge

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Luddenden, usually Tuesday evenings 7:30pm-9:30pm: "Sufi Dancing"   Special Events Calendar by date

NOT in July nor August - EXCEPT 16th & 30 Aug! & weekly thereafter.
This evening consists of Dances of Universal Peace as well as zikr and other Sufi practices.
Jilani is a musician and certified leader (and a mentor-in-training) of the Dances of Universal Peace. She has led the Dances since 2005, and since studying for over two years with Neil Douglas-Klotz has shared the Aramaic Prayer in many different contexts in the UK and abroad, particularly in France where she is much in demand as a teacher. She effortlessly creates a safe and held space where people can feel confident. Her relaxed and patient teaching style means people easily learn the words, chants and movements. Then together we can enter the profound and healing depths of the Dance experience, a journey into Unity, Beauty and even Bliss.
Cost: £5 / £7.50 / £10
Contact: Jilani Cordelia, phone: 01422 886410 - email: jilanicordelia[AT]gmail.com - please phone or email to confirm or find out details.
Venue: Heart Centre, Dean House Lane, Luddenden, HX2 6RF. map on maps.google.co.uk

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Tuedays weekly from September for 10 weeks: CIRCLE DANCE in Hebden Bridge with Sophia Hatch, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Salem Mill
First session FREE if you are a new comer.
Cost: 10 week term costs £59 upfront / £39 on benefits. OR Pay as you go £8 / Benefits £5.
OPEN to MEN + WOMEN. Newcomers + more experienced. NO partners needed.
Dance in the spring welcome the new ,with both lively energising dances as well as gentle + meditative ones - some traditional some recent.. some easy others more tricky...a BIG mix of music.
The aim is to raise energy, have fun, make new friends , community building, and create peace within ourselves. I also bring a dash of Alexander Technique into the class.
Contact: Sophia www.sophiafreedancer.co.uk - phone: 01422 843000 - e: sophiafreedancer[AT]talktalk.net
NEW VENUE: Riverside School (left entrance), Holme Street (opp. Little Theatre).

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Some Fridays: informal chat about Subud & the Latihan, Hebden Bridge, 12:30ish-2pmish
Do you want to find out more about the little known international sister- and brotherhood of Subud and the latihan, which is a unique way to connect with the Divine Creator-Life Force across religious boundaries, involving sound and movement?
During the Soup Dragon (12:30ish - 2:30ish) Godfrey or Ralph will be happy to chat with you.
Organic soup & bread are served for a donation.
NEW Venue: Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, Hebble End / Market Street, HX7 8EU
Read more about Subud & the Latihan

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NEW: 1st (& 3rd) Fri / month Hebden Bridge: "Contact Dance & Embodied Presence" - The discipline and art of non verbal communication, with Sara Carter, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Discover the creative expression of the sensory world of the body, where a landscape of feelings, images and impulse moves us into action. Connect with the element within earth, air, water, fire, space, as a resource for support and movement. Explore deep body listening, movement, breath-voice, touch and awareness.
Discover different ways of supporting and being supported- develop the capacity to be playfully present!
Cost: £7.50/ £9 or donation (musicians welcome to Jam from 7:30 pm)
Contact: Sara Carter, 07446 375171 - spiraldancer8[AT]gmail.com
VENUE: Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7DD

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Dances of Universal Peace 2015
- Hebden Bridge & Todmorden -
    with Vitalija & Ralph

1st Sat / month Hebden Bridge: Dances of Universal Peace, 3:30pm welcome tea, DUP from 4pm-6pm with Vitalija & Ralph, followed by a shared meal   Special Events Calendar by date

NO DUP on Sat 2 July! NO DUP in August.
As requested by dancers, we'll start later and invite you to a cuppa in the (sunny?) garden or indoors from 3:30pm, ready to dance at 4pm. Around 5pm we'll have a short break and angel cards. The shared meal is optional.
DUP with Vitalija & Ralph on YouTube
: www.youtube.com/RainbowDanceUK
Please bring some nibbles for the tea break - and some food / drink for a shared evening meal (optional).
Cost: £10 - £5 (sliding scale - please give as much as you like to invest)
Contact Ralph on 01422 647157 or 07909 488272 - e: rainbowralph[AT]gmail.com
Venue: Nutclough Tavern, 6-8 Nutclough (Keighley Road opp. Foster Lane), Hebden Bridge, HX7 8HA (use side entrance through the garden gate)
Map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk. Park your car in Foster Lane.

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A Sunday / month Todmorden: Interfaith Service, 6-7pm, Unitarian Church
Sunday 3rd April Re-start. Following date: Sun 8 May
"Interfaith has no set dogma, and is not a hierarchical organisation. Every person’s individual experiences and beliefs are respected, welcomed and included, and all faith paths are seen as being different routes to the same goal, that of Oneness. Our Interfaith services seek to incorporate the essence of all the other services into a monthly ceremony. They consist of texts and readings, silence and music, meditation and mantras, all within a setting of calmness and centredness, lasting about an hour."
The service is free of charge. Some of us go down to the Indian restaurant Vedas for a meal afterwards.
Contact Phil Parkinson on 07730 337300 or philinterfaith[AT]gmail.com
Details & more:
www.todmordenunitarianchurch.org.uk
Please "Like" us on facebook.com/TodmordenInterfaithServices
Venue: Todmorden Unitarian Church, Honey Hole Road, OL14 6LE (near town centre - see map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk).

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2nd Tuesday / month Helmshore, nr. Haslingden (East Lancs): DUP evening with Mary Rabia Dowson   Special Events Calendar by date

Monthly evenings of Dances of Universal Peace 7.00-9.30pm - all are welcome.
Please phone Margaret on 01706 214180 by lunchtime the day before (if you can) to let her know you are coming. If this isn't possible then please do phone to make sure we will be there.
Cost: £7
Email: marydowson[AT]talktalk.net - Web Site: www.marydowson.co.uk
Mary occasionally leads other DUP events around Lancashire - if you are interested, please ask to be on her email list.

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Dances of Universal Peace 2015
- Hebden Bridge & Todmorden -
    with Vitalija & Ralph

2nd Sat / month Todmorden: Dances of Universal Peace, with Vitalija & Ralph.
NEW times: meet 3:45pm for welcome tea, dancing from 4pm until 6pm
Around 5pm we'll have a (shorter) tea break with angel cards - as requested by the dancers.

NO DUP in August.   See Special Events Calendar by date above

You are cordially invited to experience the joy & power of singing combined with movement in our circle.
Dances of Universal Peace with Ralph & Vitalija on YouTube: www.youtube.com/RainbowDanceUK
No singing or dancing experience required - beginners are always welcome. (If you must - or can't: our circle is always open to join later, or leave earlier)
Please bring: some nibbles for the tea break (around 5pm)
Afterwards we could go to Cafe Kava, if there's interest? Or share a meal at Odd Fellow's?
Cost: £10 - £5 (sliding scale - please invest as much as feels right)
Contact Diane 01706 815615 or Ralph on 07909 488272 - e: rainbowralph[AT]gmail.com
Venue: New Odd Fellows' Hall, Oxford Street, Todmorden, OL14 5PU - 3 mins walk from the train station - free car parking next to the hall. (Office phone: 01706 814841. To book the hall, call Norman on 01706 813722 or e-mail: norman.barker[AT]oddfellows.co.uk )
=> Map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk.

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Charlestown 2nd Sunday / month: Universal Worship Service, 4.30pm - 6:30pm
All our welcome. Come and connect with yourself, the community and the Great Spirit through simple devotional singing, dance, prayer, readings, stories, ritual and silent reflection - may incl. a peace dance with Ralph & Vitalija. In taking part, we bring the blessing of our presence and, in turn, we are blessed by the occasion. Each month has a different theme.
Venue CHANGE: from March 2016 our meetings will temporarily be at our home in Charlestown.
[Donation: £5 / £4 / £5 suggested.]
Contact: Leah Findlay on 078251 68742 - 01422 647102 - e: leahfindlay[AT]rocketmail.com
See www.alternativeceremony.org/yorkshire-wedding-ceremony and www.hotpotatostories.co.uk

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NEW: 3rd Fri (& 1st) / month Hebden Bridge: "Contact Dance & Embodied Presence" - The discipline and art of non verbal communication, with Sara Carter, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Discover the creative expression of the sensory world of the body, where a landscape of feelings, images and impulse moves us into action. Connect with the element within earth, air, water, fire, space, as a resource for support and movement. Explore deep body listening, movement, breath-voice, touch and awareness.
Discover different ways of supporting and being supported- develop the capacity to be playfully present!
Cost: £7.50/ £9 or donation (musicians welcome to Jam from 7:30 pm)
Contact: Sara Carter, 07446 375171 - spiraldancer8[AT]gmail.com
VENUE: Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7DD

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3rd Sun / month: Hebden Bridge Dances of Universal Peace - Simple Dances and Chants to Delight the Heart and Feed the Soul with Beautiful Live Music with Jilani and Robert, 4pm - 6pm   Special Events Calendar by date

Sunday sessions for 2016 [confirmed.]:
Re-start (after the summer break) on September 18, October 16, November 20,

Jilani is an international Dance leader and musician, who powerfully transmits the sacred, mystical energy of the Dances, whilst also bringing lightness, humour and joy. Her Dance workshops are always an invitation to journey deeply, profoundly supported by the music of her voice and viola.
Accompanied by her husband Robert on the guitar she effortlessly creates a safe and held space where people can feel confident, while her relaxed and patient teaching style means they easily learn the words, chants and movements.
Download & print an A4 POSTER for Hebden Bridge Sundays (pdf file)
Cost: £10 / £7
Contact: Jilani Cordelia: 01422 886410 - jilanicordelia[AT]gmail.com
Venue: Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, Hebble End / Bridge Lanes, HX7 8EU - www.calderdalemethodists.org.uk/churches/hebdenbridge.php
web map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk

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Last Friday / month Hebden Bridge: "Balkan + Balkan gipsy sessions for experienced dancers" with Sophia Hatch, 7.30-9.30pm
Simple dances done with no teaching + others with more challenging rhythms / nifty steps.. with clear teaching! Cost: £7.
Contact Sophia if you are interested, and let her know if you have requests in advance.
www.sophiafreedancer.co.uk - phone: 01422 843000 - e: sophiafreedancer[AT]talktalk.net
Venue: The Calderdale Yoga Centre, Unit 2, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7DD

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(Usually) last Sat / month Hebden Bridge : Breton Dances "Les Panards Dansants" with live music, afternoon
Next 2016 dates: 23 July, 20 August, 24 September, 29 October, 26 November and 17 December.
French and Breton traditional music and dance in West Yorkshire and social event. Dance Types: 2-time Bourrée, 3-time Bourrée, Scottische, Waltz, Mazurka, Polka. Including hypnotic circle dances of Brittany, graceful couple dances of central France and wild Fandangos of the Basque Country; WARNING: these dances can be seriously seductive! – musicians and dancers at all levels are welcome.
Music session: 1:30 to 3 pm (£2) - Dance workshop: 3:30 – 5:30 pm (£2)
Enquiries: 07729120792 More: www.frenchdanceleeds.co.uk
CHANGE of Venue: Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, Hebble End / Market Street, HX7 8EU


LAST Saturday / month Todmorden: Naqshbandi Sufi Service, 8pm - 9pm, Unitarian Church
Traditional practice of zikhr, led by followers of Sheik Nazim's son, Sheik Mohammed.
The practice is in Arabic and both quiet and energetic. Newcomers are welcome.
Please confirm! See: www.todmordenunitarianchurch.org.uk
Contact Phil Parkinson on 07730 337300 or philinterfaith[AT]gmail.com
Venue: Todmorden Unitarian Church, Honey Hole Road (near town centre - see map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk).

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LAST Sunday / month CANCELLED (due to lack of interest): Hebden Bridge "Harmony Open Mic" - harmony singing 7:30 for 8pm
An outburst of local creative talents, singing in harmonies (without microphone and amplifiers), sometimes alone... The quality and level of singing is outstanding - and it's free of charge. Ralph is usually getting everyone into singing. See you there? contact Ralph
More: www.harmonyopenmic.org.uk - "Like" us on www.facebook.com/HarmonyOpenMicHebdenBridge
Contact: Ralph
Venue: the "White Swan" pub, 26 Bridge Gate (opp. the old pack horse bridge) in the pedestrian area in Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EX (pub tel. 01422 844650)

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