Friday Night FUNk Conscious Dance
Friday Night FUNk is a joyous, funky, deeply soulful invitation to boogie right into your weekend.
Come dance your heart open!
We are an imperfect grassroots collective of diverse DJ/facilitators who love freeform conscious dance, each with our own take on our always funky, eclectic, bluesy vibe.
Our conscious dance version of ecstatic dance is grounded in somatic practices of diving deeply toward whatever is present in this moment in us. We invite you in with musical journeys guided by a non-dual approach to embracing both joy and pain - as felt in music shaped by the African diaspora. This is a delicious, fun, lively practice but also a transformative experience.
With no choreography to follow, you are free to discover the delight of allowing every part of your body to move however it wants. Dance alone, or with others, fast or slow, silly or serious, sexy or shy!
Together, we co-create a safe, unconditional space to dance your way in to however you are in this juicy moment: joyful, sorrowful, playful, ALIVE!
No experience necessary.
Reclaim your FUNk!
Every Friday night on zoom, with live dance gatherings on the east side of L.A. the last Friday of every month.
What is Conscious Dance?
Conscious Dance is a form of Ecstatic Dance - one of the oldest forms of healing practices that exists. It is an invitation to sink in, to drop away all expectations and stories and to experience yourself exactly as you are in this moment, without judgement or censorship.
Like Ecstatic Dance, Conscious Dance is an experience of moving freely to music that inspires you to express yourself, to access your inner emotions and discover the bliss that comes with joyful movement in deep communion with others. Conscious Dance adds a focus on deeper self exploration, with the intention of becoming more whole and grounded as we allow ourselves to fully feel and experience ourselves exactly as we are. From this grounded experience, we find the ecstasy of connection, without transcending ourselves - instead we dive deeper toward community through being fully ourselves.
Read more about what conscious dance is here - or watch the video for a taste!
Our Dance Events
This summer we are delightedly expanding from our online presence of the last few years to once again having live events, located at the beautiful new Pieter Performance Space in Lincoln Heights, on the last Friday of every month. We will still be continuing online dances on each Friday night to follow. Check here for more info on individual Live events.
Most sessions online with Zoom
except those noted.
Feb 23 DJ Brett *LIVE* at Pieter Space
Mar 1 DJ Melissa on Zoom
Mar 8 DJ Susan B on Zoom
Mar 15 DJ Camin on Zoom
Mar 22 DJ Melissa on Zoom
Mar 29 DJ Salim *LIVE* at Pieter Space
Apr 5 DJ Mary Frances on Zoom
Apr 12 DJ Kato on Zoom
Apr 19 DJ Susan B on Zoom
Apr 26 DJs Nyah Phoenix & Mary Frances *LIVE* at Pieter Space
All bodies and abilities are welcome. This is, above all, a movement practice; you are welcome to move with us even if you are seated in a chair.
Online only events are from 7:30pm-8:30pm and are FREE! To join us online click on this link.
*Watch for LIVE events the 4th Friday of the month*
Live events are from 7:30pm-9:30pm at the new Pieter Space, $15 donation requested.
The new Pieter Performance space is located at 2701 N. Broadway, in Lincoln Heights.
The space is located on the 2nd floor with one flight of stairs directly up from the entrance. Elevator access is available; if you wish to use it please email us at FNFdanceLA@gmail.com a day prior to the event and we will exchange contact info so that we can come down and get you, as it is not automated and needs a code. The elevator is spacious enough for any mobility device and the 2nd floor space is free of any steps or mobility barriers. There are no automated doors in the building.
Free parking is available directly behind the building at 2412 Workman Street. There are two additional free city lots south of Broadway on Workman Street. There is also ample metered parking in the neighborhood.