Past Episodes

Dancemeditation™ with Dunya Dianne McPherson

Join us for a soulful conversation with my guest Dunya McPherson! 

In the Podcast, we spoke about Dunya's journey with dance from a young age, to attending Julliard, to finding Middle Eastern dance and the Sufi path. She gave an excellent history of modern dance evolution in the USA and the politics involved in the dance world. Dunya's explained how she created Dancemeditation™ and gave us a detailed overview of what you could experience in a class.
We got into the harmful effects of negative body image and how an embodied practice can help us create a more loving relationship with our bodies. She also talked about how she used her MA as a vehicle to write her memoir, Skin of Glass: Finding Spirit in the Flesh, and gave us a preview into her new yet unpublished book on Dancemeditation™.

Dunya Dianne McPherson, BFA, MA, the Founder of Dancemeditation™ and a pioneer in the field of embodied mysticism. An acclaimed authority and meditative leader coming from an extensive background in mysticism and art (Juilliard School, Sufi Foundation of America), her teaching credentials include academic faculties, artist-residencies, and academic department chairmanship (including Barnard College, Princeton University, Swarthmore College, New York University, Hunter College, Oberlin College, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia among others) as well as Featured Presenter at meditation centers & conferences (Netherlands Mystic Festival, Kripalu Center, SAT Institute, The Embodiment Conference.) She is critically acclaimed as both dancer and choreographer, and a recipient of numerous choreographic grants, including the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship. She teaches in-depth meditation trainings nationally and internationally. Her literary memoir, “Skin of Glass: Finding Spirit in the Flesh”, chronicles her dynamic journey in embodied mysticism.

March 9th, 2021, 5 pm UTC
Laura Lee and Paul Robear Directors of the Cuyamungue Institute

March 21st, 2021, 6 pm UTC
Stefan Freedman Author of Dance Wise

April 18th, 2021, 6 pm UTC
Dr. Deborah Kern Creatrix of PranaShakti™, and Author of Everyday Wellness for Women and Create the Body Your Soul Desires

May 16th, 2021, 6 pm UTC
Mariane Karou Founder of Dance Alive ®

June 13th, 2021, 6 pm UTC
Jacqueline Dreessens, Ethnochoreologist

The Archetype of the Universal Dancer in Tarot, and the Cosmic Dance of Co-creation.
The launch streamed live on Sunday, January 31st, 2021.

In this launch episode, Leslie Zehr, our host and author of "The Alchemy of Dance" and "The Al-chemia Remedies," introduces us to the Universal Dancer concept.
What is the Universal Dancer?
What is its relation to the tarot and alchemy?
How can we use this archetype on our spiritual path?
How is it related to ancient wisdom and practices such as the sacred arts?
What is the cosmic dance of co-creation?
How can we use it as a tool for self-empowerment?

She also speaks about why she transitioned from the Sacred Dance Summit to a monthly podcast and gave you her vision for this podcast and its relation to the Universal Dancer.


Welcome to The Universal Dancer Podcast!

Live-streaming Dates 2021

Join Leslie Zehr, author of The Alchemy of Dance: Sacred Dance as a Path to the Universal Dancer and The Al-chemia Remedies: Vibrational Essences from Egyptian Flowers and Sacred Sites, as she takes you on a journey of exploration using her own experiences as a seeker. The journey began in her childhood but increased when she moved to Egypt more than 30 years ago.

She will bring guests from diverse areas such as sacred dance, the sacred arts, ancient wisdom, academics, artist, writers, and researchers to understand our past better to move more skillfully into the future.

The interviews will stream live on Leslie's Facebook profile, The Alchemy of Dance Community on Facebook, and her YouTube channel TheUniversaldancer. Please join live to participate with comments and questions during the live-streaming.

The interview replays can be found on her YouTube channel  TheUniversaldancer and The Universal Dancer Podcast on Spotify

...the sacred dance of co-creation