Boise's dance scene can seem like a spectator sport. Ballet Idaho and Trey McIntyre Project are stunning spectacles, but you're liable to break a sweat just imagining yourself flying, sliding and hopping across a stage like the pros.
For those interested in modern and interpretive dance, seasoned vets or just those who want to burn a few holiday calories, there's Ecstatic Dance. The group holds occasional community dance events at the TMP studio on Warm Springs Avenue, but the real difference is that you're not watching the dance—you're doing it.
Saturday, Dec. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 30, the program is hosting a dance event emphasizing peace and tranquility. Think of it as yoga, only faster and set to music. A special adult dance takes place on Saturday, while the Sunday dance is family friendly.
Peace and tranquility are part of the draw to Ecstatic but, according to Jean Doyle, Ecstatic's organizer, there is also a sense of community that brings participants together under one overarching sentiment: Move at your own accord.
"The mission is for everyone to feel like they're a part of this," said Doyle. "Being a good dancer is not the objective; the mission is to create a space of uninhibited joy and freedom, which is expressed through the love of movement."
Doyle assures even those wary of their dancing skills that "when people can move past their initial inhibitions, they're often quite surprised at how freeing it is."