CALL TO VISION QUEST DANCERS!
THE LONG DANCE (at the Birdsong Peace Chamber)
September 24/25, 2022
Led by Stephanie Moore
What is the Long Dance?
The Long Dance is a visioning dance held at night under the stars. The dancers move in a circular motion around the corral. It is a time to bring forth associations that lie in the subconscious mind, and by dancing them, they can be brought to conscious levels, owned, and released. It is a time to quest for your spirit, to surrender, to endure. Beautiful Painted Arrow says: In the Long Dance of Life, every- step awakens three opportunities for the human; One: placement in eternity; Two: purification of past forms; Three: new opportunities for adventure, for in the instances of eternal time, the new always refreshes and cleanses. Arrive early Saturday afternoon and pitch your tent and help prepare the corral A Sweat Lodge follows. Then we hang our Medicine Shield Banners in the corral. Following a light supper, as night falls the dance begins and goes into early morning hours, then the dancers rest. On awakening, we have breakfast, a sharing, and return home early in home afternoon of Sunday.
The Tradition of the Long Dance
The first Long Dance was held in Pennsylvania in 1987 under the tutelage of Beautiful Painted Arrow. At the end of 1996 he retired to his land in Colorado. We will dance at the Sun/Moon dance arbor at Birdsong Peace Chamber in Pottstown, PA. For more info on Birdsong, go to www.birdsongpeacechamber.com.
Some people know immediately that this dance is for them while others may need time and processing to decide. Often times, people who have an initial reaction of 'I couldn't possibly do it' eventually come to understand that it is part of their destiny to dance. As with any decision, it is most important to listen to your heart. The tuition for the dance is $150. There is scholarship money available for those drawn to dance but who have financial difficulties. To register or for more information, please cantact Stephanie email@example.com or (484) 318-3637. When you register, full instructions will be given about what to bring. If it works better for you, you can register on line at the link below.
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The Medicine Shield Banner for the Long Dance
Each dancer makes a banner in preparation to the Long Dance. They bring the banner to the dance and hang it in the dance corale. Your banner is to be 2 feet by 4 feet, with an overlap sewn across the top two foot edge. Insert a 26 inch dowel rod thru the overlap and attach string on each end of the rod to hang the banner. Any color may be used. Put artwork on it that depicts: a) where do you come from; b) where you are now; c) where you hope to be after the dance. Let the making of the Medicine Shield be a way of forming your intention.
Becky Howell has written a wonderful little book on her dance banners : " Long Dancing through my Life" - From Amazon
taught three main dances, the Long Dance, the Drum Dance, and the Sun/Moon
dance, and these are the ones that involve personal sacrifice and I usually talk
about their “visioning” qualities. We also dance the Easter Dance, the
Sand hill Crane dance, and the Corn dance in this area which are more
celebratory in nature and include the whole family - kids love them.
three dances require different levels of sacrifice both in time and money.
At Bird Song, that dances have kept the price that Joseph request from the
dancers, the length of the dance increases too. The Long Dance is a one
day dance (actually one night – we start after dusk and end before dawn), and
the tuition is $100. The Drum Dance is three days, and the tuition is
$350. The Sun/Moon dance is four days and the tuition is $750. There
is no commitment to repeat the Long Dance, but the Drum Dancer is expected to
dance each year for six years and the Sun/Moon Dancer is expected to Dance four
years with another understanding that once you dance you never stop being a
of these dances require a fast from food and water for the whole period of the
dance. This doesn’t mean much to the Long Dancer but to the Drum Dancer
and the Sun/Moon dancer this is a serious sacrifice.
the level of support varies greatly. At the Long Dance, the dancers
support themselves, they even do their own drumming. The Drum Dancer has
“professional” drummers but each person provides their own shelter. In
the Sun/Moon dance, each dancer has a non-dancing support person, and there are
the drummers, dog soldiers, medicine people, kitchen staff, etc. – usually
making up to twice as many people in support roles as dancing.
all these dances have a visioning quality, the Long Dance is very definitely
about personal visioning – each dancer makes a banner depicting their personal
transformation. The Drum Dance carries the intention of healing for the
whole world as well as that personal healing - this was originally called “The
Drum Dance for World Peace.” And even though the Sun/Dancer may
have the biggest personal insights of any of the dances, the emphasis is on the
sacrifice that the Sun/Moon dancer makes for the rest of the community – the
dancers dance “so the people may live.” The Sun/Moon dancer is the
taught us these dances over many years, the first being the Long Dance, then the
Drum Dance, and finally the Sun/Moon Dance. While there is no hierarchy to
these dances, no one dance is better that the others, the way Joseph
taught them gives a hint to a way to decide which dance to do first.
Joseph encourages us to dance all of these dances and while most people pick a
dance and do that for a time, they also rotate through all the dances. The
Long Dance is most accessible and seems like a good first dance. All is