Dances for Peace: Crazy or Conducive?
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This Google Sheet collates suggestions about Dances for Peace, and how to make them more harmonious and less likely to spread unintended harm.
Thank you to the participants of the workshop at the Parliament of the World's Religions, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 2018, who shared many of these ideas.
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Feel free to add your thoughts and share this sheet. For questions and suggestions, please contact Carole St. Laurent (carole@crypeace.org).
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Learn more: https://crypeace.org/presenting-parliament-worlds-religions
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Cultural Sensitivity
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Different cultures and faiths have different norms of what is appropriate or acceptable. How can we be sensitive to them in a joint dance party?
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Reflection Questions
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Does the location of the dance dictate different norms?
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Does the invitee list?
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Are additional considerations required for photos/videos of the event?
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Faith or Culture
(who)
Sensitivity
(what)
Helpful Response
(how)
Anecdote
(why)
Learn More links
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Muslim, Middle Eastern, AsianRevealing clothing (low necklines, high hemlines)TBD; example response:
Have a dress code encouraging (enforcing?) hemlines below the knee (ankle?) and necklines above the chest (to the neck?).
Provide shawls and wraps.
Explain the acceptability of such fashion in secular Western culture.
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MuslimUncovered HairI worked in a Christian/Muslim area of Africa. One day I got off a motorbike and arranged a scarf over my blonde hair (it had blown off in the wind). Onlookers clapped.
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Men and women dancing in the same space
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Men and women dancing as couples
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Sikhspeaking or singing the sacred phraseI am meditating on the information I received at ParliamentAs a leader of Dances of Universal Peace, I was planning to lead a dance at Parliament inspired by the Sikh phrase "Sat Narayan Wahe Guru". My friend asked a Sikh whether presenting that in a dance was appropriate. The response was that they would prefer that the phrase is listened to in meditative silence rather than chanted with music. So I chose not to. But I will be researching more about this in the future.from Marti Dimock - at dimockmarti@gmail.com
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