Synergy Intentional Dance Experience was hands down the most positive event I’ve ever attended. Synery “invites individuals to step into the realm of authentic self exploration and transformation.”
When I heard there was a drug-and-alcohol-free, all night dance party going on in Melbourne, I was immediately excited. I was invited by a friend and read the event description on Facebook. Once I read more about the event and the range of activities offered and after reading their mission, I was committed to going. I think we could all do with more authentic self explorations and transformations.
Originally I was going to go to this event alone – which wasn’t too much of a worry as I knew there would be friendly faces. But I admit I was a bit disappointed I couldn’t get any friends to come along as the event promised so much.
Even though I had invited friends who love to dance and enjoy going out sober occasionally, none of my friends seemed interested in the dance party. My friends had reservations about an event where everyone would be sober, dancing and where there was a fruit ceremony. A few friends thought it would be filled with hippies. And although there were people who could be labelled as ‘hippies’, I too was wearing flowers on my head.
Lucky for me, I invited a friend who is very open and the week leading up to my invite, my friend had come across the phrase ‘Synergy’ several times. Because ‘synergy’ had become a common theme in their life recently, they felt extra encouragement to come along.
At the entrance, someone had left a painted sign resting against the front door that said “You’re beautiful” which the best welcome I’ve had.
Straight away we were shown that the people at this event are extremely friendly and full of trust. In the entrance hall, we were invited to take our shoes off and store our belongings for the night.
Lovely ladies were offering the chance to be smudged before we officially entered the event rooms so that we could cleanse our energy leaving all negativity behind and helping us to be open to the positivity.
We travelled through to the revitalising room which was filled with tasty, healthy (mostly vegan) drinks and food. Dahl, rice and salad were available throughout the night along with natural juices, kambucha and Body Balance. Body Balance is a drink combining sea vegetables and aloe vera which energises on a cellular level. And which is extremely tasty.
Then there was the main open area dance floor where people met to move to music. The musicians and DJs throughout the night had a range of sounds to excite the mind and body from electronic, rock, meditative beats, reggae, rap, and more sounds I had never heard before. I didn’t get to experience all of the musicians throughout the night but Rachel By The Stream stood out to me. The duo created such a balanced mix of electronic, reggae and hip hop sounds that everyone could feel their music and no one was standing still.
In the main area, there were two communal canvases where people painted symbols of synergy and togetherness – hearts, vibrant colours, flowers, people, and positive quotes.
Through a side door, there was a nap room that I unfortunately didn’t investigate but since the event went from 8pm until 6am, I saw a few people going in and out of there.
On the next level up the stairs, there was a art gallery with stunning natural and psychedelic painting and images. Some images where like optical illusions and used lighting techniques to enhance the images.
And further on there were still more rooms!
The next room was where the guided group meditations where held and spoken word artists performed. The room was filled with cushions and bean bags. In the corner there was a couple of massage tables as well as a Chi machine that increases the flow of chi in the body and improves spine alignments.
The final room was the Mystic Tea House where health and tea experts shared their fruity infusions throughout the night with whoever felt compelled to come to sit and chat. I visited regularly and thoroughly enjoyed the conversations and infusions. It was truly a blessed event as at 3am I returned to the tea room after feeling quite tired and a small group sparked a beautiful sing-along.
Around midnight, everyone congregated on the dance floor and sat in a circle facing the organisers of the event. Never before have I seen hundreds of people sit in silence waiting with attention. We could all feel the electricity in the air. The organisers expressed their gratitude and love for the event itself as well as sharing an enlightened story of animals dancing together in a forest.
It was amazing to witness the combinations (or synergy!) of different artforms. The night was filled with stunning music, poetry, visual art, meditations and movements.
My favourite performance of the night was when a spoken word artist performed a poem after the organisers spoke. The artist committed to the piece with fiery enthusiasm. The poem was We Have Come to Be Danced by Jewel Mathieson which lead us to all start moving together.
- “We have come to be danced
not the pretty dance
not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
but the claw our way back into the belly
of the sacred, sensual animal dance
the unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance
the holding the precious moment in the palms
of our hands and feet dance
- We have come to be danced
not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance
but the wring the sadness from our skin dance
the blow the chip off our shoulder dance
the slap the apology from our posture dance”
Synergy was a wonderful event filled with love, kindness and engaged people. From the moment we walked in the door, we could tell that each and every one of us was treated with respect and loving kindness.
The event was well planned with stunning decorations with foliage, streamers and positive messages strewn around the place.
I felt connected. I did feel the Synergy. And I thoroughly appreciated the event. If you ever get the change to attend a drug-and-alcohol-free event similar to this, please go. Forget your preconceptions and free yourself and enjoy.
Then let me know how it went.
- Have you been to a drug and alcohol free event before? Did you enjoy it?
- If you have been to one, did you have preconceptions about how the event would go?