Dances of Universal Peace

Dances of Univeral Peace

From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together – at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part of everyday life and life passages, in daily renewal and meditation. The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition of sacred movement, song and story, and are shared all around the world today.

New Delhi, India

The Dances are prayer in motion, cultivating deep peace, community, and joy amongst all participants.  Simple, meditative, and multi-cultural circle dances, they draw upon sacred chants, phrases, and music from the diverse spiritual traditions of the earth.  There are no performers or audiences in these circles – everyone sings and dances together!

Ayesha’s inspiration

The Dances began in the early 1960s in San Francisco through the pioneering work of Sufi mystic Samuel L. Lewis who believed that when people “eat, dance, and pray together,” the world would find peace. 

Eat, Dance and Pray Together, Anahata Iradah

Since then, the Dances have spread all around the world, and hundreds upon hundreds of new dances have been created by certified dance leaders in many countries. 

My Heart Has Become An Ocean Beloved

Today, the Dances continue to be a way in which joy, peace and life energy are ignited in the hearts of all who come in contact with them

Ishq Allah Ya Hayy