Ecstatic Dance - DJ Renaissance + Youba Cissokho!

Sat. Dec 16, 2023 6:00pm - 10:00pm EST
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Ecstatic Dance Pittsburgh Presents:

DJ Renaissance + Youba Cissokho & Friends. Global Beats DJ, LIVE Kora music from Senegal, Somatic Warm-up & Sound Healing!

❄️Join us Saturday December 16 - for a blissful evening of movement, music and community!! ⭐Come as You Are ~ Move as You Please!⭐

We are excited to share a friendly and sober dance floor with you where we can warm up our hearts and our bodies with freedom and joy! We are enthusiastic to welcome to our dance this month a friendly and talented  team of artists & healers hailing from Boston, Senegal, Colombia and Philly! Full bios & event flow below.

Ecstatic Dances are Family Friendlly ~ All Ages events. Kids 16 + Under are FREE! and  must be accompanied by an adult :)

~Event Flow~

❄️5:30 PM Doors open

❄️6:00 PM Opening circle w/ Tricia & Somatic Warm-up w/ Choles Yoga of Colombia

❄️6:30 PM Dance begins - LIVE Kora by Youba Cissokho from Senegal

❄️7:00 PM Global Beats with DJ Renaissance

❄️8:30 PM Sound Healing with Singer/Songwriter Ryan Tennis

❄️8:50 PM Closing Circle

❄️9:00 - 10:00 PM After partay! Social hour + more Music!


Event details

Time ⏳

Saturday December 16th,  6pm-10:00pm

Doors Open 5:30 PM 

~ Please arrive before 6PM so that we can settle and set intentions together!

Venue & Parking 

~ The Kingsley Association  - East Liberty - 6435 Frankstown Ave Pittsburgh PA 15206

~ Enter doors from Parking lot located at intersection of Frankstown Ave & East Liberty Blvd

~ Follow signs and meet us in the  Gym (turned Boho lounge)  

~ Parking lot available on Frankstown Ave, 2nd lot around back of building, and street parking - Carpools encouraged! 

Energy Exchange ⚡

~$30 Online Pre-Sale: Ends 11:30pm Friday Dec 15  AND

~ Pay What You Can Tickets available online ($15+)

~ $40 at door 

~Contact Organizers if subisdized ticket needed, or with any questions, needs, or concerns

~Ecstatic Ethos~ 

~Come as You Are ~ Move as You Please

~All ages, all abilities, all bodies and all beings are welcome

~We keep the dancefloor conversation free!

~Photo and video free space during dance

~Dance in bare feet or socks

~Substance-free sober space!

~We practice a culture of invitation and consent

~You are responsible for your own energy

~We embrace the spirit of non-judgment for ourselves and others

~Allow your heart to guide you


~ Artist Bios ~

DJ Renaissance (@ren.ascends):

DJ Renaissance draws from an expansive palette of tribal sounds from around the globe to create cathartic, soul-awakening dance floor experiences. With roots in Boston & Brooklyn, Renaissance totes a musical compass equal parts cutting-edge and universal, with the aim of encouraging unique communal flow-states with each mix. His sets have lit up global festivals such as Envision, Burning Man, Dance Africa, and Harmonic Earth. He is also the orchestrator of conscious event collective @magicalhappenings, with a mission to spread unity by creating uplifting spaces weaving the healing arts with the transcendent power of music & dance. Get ready for an electrifying medicinal blend of Ancestral House, AfroBeats, Brazilian Grooves, Folktronica, Cumbia, HiVibe Hip Hop, #AncientFuture Sounds & more!


Youba Cissokho (@youbacissokho):

Youba Cissokho is a master Kora player from the country of Senegal. He is of the Griot lineage of musicians and storytellers in West Africa and is a 72nd generation Kora player. His music has a subtle balance of sweet calm and rhythmic power that reflects a lifetime spent with the Kora in his hands and a deep belief in the power of music to uplift and heal. He has a warm, playful, charming presence, and takes any moment he can to share his music.


CholesYoga (@cholesyoga):

Angelica Choles hails from the Sierra Nevada mountains on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. She is a Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga teacher certified in India and teaching for 8 years and a dancer of traditional Colombian music since she was 3 years old. She brings the warmth and energy of her native land as a facilitator of ecstatic dance, and the wisdom of her afro-indigenous roots to her cacao ceremony, focusing her healing energy on the root and sacral chakras.


Ryan Tennis (@ryantennismusic):

Hailing from Philadelphia, America's City of Brotherly Love, Ryan Tennis' music is all about dismantling boundaries and bringing people together. Genre-defiant by nature and with diversity at its core, his songs are infused with the rhythms from the many countries he’s visited during his extensive tours. His voice has a disarming sweetness that conveys both strength and vulnerability, inviting the listener to lower their defenses, feel safe, and breathe easy.


~How to Prep~

~Dress up costumed or fabulous or super comfy and low-key;

~Bring water and prepare to dance in barefeet or socks/soft shoes

~Coming solo is awesome - we are a welcoming crew

~Please arrive early so you are present for the opening circle and able to set the intentions for the space. Doors open at 5:30 PM for arrival and settling in


Please contact us with any questions!

Until we meet on the dancefloor, wishing you All the Love in the world!

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