Barefoot Boogie Ecstatic Dance
Sundays 7:30 to 10:30pm
$15-25 sliding scale
2525 8th Street at Dwight, Berkeley, CA 94710
First-timers and dancers under 30 pay $5
Barefoot Boogie is one of a number of conscious dance events in the Bay Area. It's an "ecstatic dance" with its own unique flavor that's been in existence since the mid-'80s. It's more than a workout or dance party -- it's a place to connect deeply to yourself and others.
There is no instruction, just a deejay who plays a great mix of music to encourage all kinds of movement and creative self-expression. On any given night you will hear world music (Latin, African, Brazilian, etc.), blues, house, pop, oldies, beautiful electronica, and emotional vocals. There will be a variety of moods, tempos, and styles, with music that has heart and soul as well as beat.
Boogie is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, scent-free, and ear-friendly freestyle dance event. Our dancers tend to dress casually. Non-marking dance shoes are welcome on the sprung bamboo floor. (We will have to test them to be sure they won't leave marks.)
7:30-8:30pm -- the warm-up -- stretch, relax, do contact improv, or just unwind
8:30-9:30 (approx.) -- the pace is mainly uptempo
9:30-9:45 (approx.) -- a brief slower and more inward journey
9:45-10:30 -- mostly uptempo and then a slow, sweet ending
Boogie is a Sunday night conscious dance in a casual, friendly environment where you can express yourself freely, a healthy alternative to the club scene, a space that’s free of smoke and alcohol and is ear-friendly. We are a scent-free environment as some of our dancers are allergic to scented products. Rather than a non-stop electronic beat, our deejays play a wide range of music that will move you on many levels. Real music for real people!
On any given night at Barefoot Boogie, you’ll hear a mix of great music, including Latin, African, Middle Eastern, funk, pop, R&B, hip-hop, house, blues, downtempo electronica, and electro-swing. You’ll hear some things that are familiar, whether current radio hits or favorite "oldies," some that are new and unfamiliar, and some things that may even surprise you. You may find yourself dancing to things you never expected you’d dance to.
You can dance alone, with a partner, or even with a group of people depending on the mood of the moment. Barefoot Boogie is a place where you can do your own dance in a creative, connected community space. We hope you'll join us!