Rana gorgani answers all your questions about Sufi dance in 10 points and gives us 4 good reasons to practice this dance.
1 - What does the name “Sufi dance” mean?
This dance is a spiritual practice, which bears the name of Samâ (or Sema) meaning "spiritual hearing" in connection with the sufism.
We also know this rotating dance under the name of "Whirling Dervishes".
2 - Why not call it the dance of the whirling dervishes?
The dance of the whirling dervishes corresponds to a specific current, that of Sufis Mevlevis.
Rana Gorgani does not seek to reproduce the highly codified and choreographed dance of the Turkish whirling dervish ceremonies.
It is based on the essence of communion with the Cosmos and with the divine interior. It is in no way a reproduction of a mystical current.
It is a space of total freedom, a search for plenitude, a personal and intimate experience through the technique of roundabouts.
3 - Which side should you turn on?
The dancer turns as the earth turns around the sun, he is then in osmosis with the universe by following the rotation of the movement of the planets, he turns on the left side, on the side of the heart.
4 - Why do we turn?
The answer to this question is found in Samâ or "spiritual hearing" and only the one who turns has the answer.
To know the mysteries and secrets of this dance, you have to want to try the experience yourself, like a journey that cannot be lived without a departure ...
5 - Don't we have dizziness or nausea when we shoot?
The feeling of dizziness is natural. It is an essential element in learning Sufi dance because by this feeling of vertigo or nausea the dancer prepares his body for a state of ecstasy, called mystical drunkenness. These sensations can be more or less strong from one person to another.
Perseverance and surpassing oneself are part of the steps to be taken to try to join this spiritual path where the mind and the body abandon themselves for a liberation of the soul.
Over time, the dancer gains control of his body and the feeling of dizziness or nausea disappears to give way to a feeling of fullness.
6 - Why do the dancers wear long skirts?
The long skirt, usually white, a symbol of purity, helps to highlight the circular movement of the dancer, it opens in the circular movement.
The Sufi dance is the dance of souls and reveals spiritual energy. This energy cannot be seen with the naked eye because it is elusive and its color is nothing but a colorless light, pure and transparent like a mirror through which the world is reflected.
This is why the skirt's infinite wave movements reveal the presence of the soul which, like an aura, envelops the body and floods it like the sun which offers its light to the earth, a source of life without which we cannot. could exist.
7 - What music do we dance to?
La Sufi music is repetitive, often built around Zekr (or Zikr) designates both the memory and the practice that revives that memory. The rhythms recall the beating of the heart and the musical loops lead to Samâ and mystical drunkenness.
8 - Do you have to be a believer to practice this dance?
Yes, you have to be a believer. You have to believe in love.
Love of self and others. Believe in ourselves above all and accept to follow this path, sometimes strewn with pitfalls, disappointment, discouragement but also fulfilled dreams and hope.
The rest is irrelevant, because through this dance I offer the possibility to the one who looks at me to see himself as the reflection of a mirror… I am me and a whole at the same time. It is listening between yourself and others ...
9 - Do you have to have already practiced dance to learn about Sufi dance?
It is not necessary to have practiced dancing before. Everyone can learn and master the techniques of the tour while respecting their own pace and arrangements. With time and practice, the dancer improves the power and speed of his turns, he pushes his own limits ...
10 - Is there an age limit?
No age limit.
The Sufi dance is an instinctive dance. Moreover, we can notice that children often start spinning spontaneously and take pleasure in this feeling of vertigo.
Unfortunately as we grow we lose this spontaneity and momentum. This is why this dance, like a quest, brings us back to the sensations of being that have been denied over the years and throughout the life course of each human being.
4 good reasons to practice Sufi dance
- A way for meditation
- A liberation of body and mind
- A form of free expression
- A physical practice that is good for the heart and the breath