We are 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 - updated June 2014 - 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
Jalalalalai... lai lai lai lai lailailailailailailailailai (dynamic & joyful dance, 2 parts
of the trad. melody of the nigun "V'Somachto" - "...and be joyful" (on the CD "Jewish Soul" by Mike Tabor [Mike played music
with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach]) => Watch video on www.youtube.com
- Is this a traditional melody?
La illaha il Allah ("Haqq Allah") - Afghan Zikr Dance (medium slow & powerful, with open harmonising end to a magic Afghan zikr melody as sung by Zuleika) updated 20 Sept. 2010
- traditional 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
[These 2 Riga Cycle dances are probably my best peace dances - true jewels. Ralph]
Washroom zikr - three part zikr dance, medium speed. Watch video on www.youtube.com The melody and movements for this dance came to Ralph while he was working as a cleaner in the washroom of the Cambridge Cash Centre - a most unlikely place for creative spirituality - and yet: the Divine presence and inspiration is everywhere, even in places you least expect it.
See video on our YouTube video channel with Ralph & Vitalija leading Dances of Universal Peace on www.youtube.com/RainbowDanceUK A write up will follow shortly.
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.