Through dance, yoga, and internal alchemy, we prepare our body and awareness as a vessel for the Divine.
To transmit blessings and inspiration, we place ourselves aside as the Dancer, Becoming The Dance.

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Nouveau Deva Dasi
Temple Dance Festival

October 23 - 26, 2014
San Francisco
Our Annual Festival celebrating ancient and nouveau lineages of Temple Dance.

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Supporting women to joyfully embody their authentic selves through the practice of Sacred Arts and traditions including dance, inner and outer yogas, the Sacred Feminine, and celebrating the cultures who birthed these.

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Supporting women to joyfully embody their authentic selves through the practice of Sacred Arts and traditions including dance, inner and outer yogas, the Sacred Feminine, and celebrating the cultures who birthed these.

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Supporting women to joyfully embody their authentic selves through the practice of Sacred Arts and traditions including dance, inner and outer yogas, the Sacred Feminine, and celebrating the cultures who birthed these.

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Nouveau Devadasi
Temple Dance Festival

Our annual festival celebrating ancient and nouveau lineages of Temple Dance.
October 23 – 26, 2014
in San Francisco, CA

Offering an amazing selection of Masters from various traditional and modern forms of Sacred and Temple Dance along with related practices. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

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As described in ancient texts, female divinities (termed yogini, dakini, matrka) are invoked by mantra recitation and bodied forth by human women, who dance in an ecstatic state of trance-identification. The yoginis undergo transfiguration before all present, taking on an appearance and movements of their divine counterparts. The enraptured women, ornamented as dieties, flushed with dancing, and glowing with heightened awareness, could then receive worship, bestow blessings, and confer magical powers.

from “Buddhist Goddesses of India” by Miranda Shaw

Adopting traditions from various times and cultures, Tenley’s dance is based on Tribal Belly Dance, with a distinctive modern fusion of traditional sacred dance forms, creating “Temple Tribal Fusion”.

Temple Tribal Fusion explores dances and traditions generally obscure to the West, yet hold some of the richest cultural expression of dance, music, costuming, myth, storytelling, and prayer. We discuss the journey of the Gypsies who courageously left India, first landing in Central Asia, venturing along the Silk Road, and continuing into Arabia and the Middle East, crossing Egypt and North Africa, to eventually mix with the Muslim Moors in Spain. We honor the pioneer women of the West who compiled these various traditions into a language to be taught and continued, now called “Belly Dance.”