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.

The replay available on YouTube, Spotify and iTunes

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


Welcome to The Universal Dancer Podcast!

Episode #5

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 iTunes and Spotify.

Past Episodes

Ecstatic Trance Postures with Laura Lee and Paul Robear

My guests for Episode 3 of The Universal Dancer Podcast are Laura Lee & Paul Robear, the Cuyamungue Institute's Directors. The Cuyamungue Institute (CI) was founded in 1978 by Dr. Felicitas Goodman to carry out her anthropological research on Ecstatic Trance Postures. In this episode, we explored Ecstatic Trance Postures, what they are and why they are important to us today. Laura and Paul talked about the Institute and what they are doing to carry on Dr. Goodman's work and let us in on new projects in the works. Paul explained the importance of ritual and described what is involved in an Ecstatic Trance Posture session. Laura spoke about the importance of community and debriefing as a group to share our experiences and gain deeper wisdom from each other's experiences and how sessions can often result in each person collecting a piece of a greater puzzle. We also spoke about the importance of us as humans to experience ecstatic states to bring the wisdom and knowledge of other states of consciousness into our daily lives.

The interview replay is available on Leslie's YouTube channel TheUniversaldancer, as well as Spotify and iTunes as The Universal Dancer Podcast.

About my Guests:
Laura Lee & Paul Robear are the Directors of the Cuyamungue Institute. The Institute was founded in 1978 as the worldwide headquarters to carry forward anthropologist Dr. Felicitas Goodman’s work with Ecstatic Trance Postures.

Laura and Paul write books, articles, newsletters and present this work. Venues have included interviews and lectures for the general public and for university classrooms, on-site workshops around the world, a collaborative modern art exhibition showcasing Cuyamungue Institute at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and lately online Zoom gatherings.They studied with Dr. Goodman for ten years before her passing in 2005, have taught since 2000, and have guided and administered CI since 2011 with expertise born of media careers. Laura Lee hosted “The Laura Lee Show” on nationally syndicated radio while Paul ran a media company, producing and publishing books and videos.

Dance Wise with Author Stefan Freedman

My guest for the 4th Episode of The Universal Dancer Podcast was Stefan Freedman. Stefan is a Sacred Circle Dance teacher in the Findhorn tradition and author of Dance Wise. In our conversation, we spoke about many things! Stefan has a wealth of information and experience. His undeniable passion for dance, choreography, and music truly comes across when he speaks. He explained how he first got into dance in his youth as a way to overcome his extreme feelings of shyness and awkwardness. We spoke about what it means to teach dance and how it can expand the teacher's knowledge as much as the students. We touched on embodiment, the inner landscape of emotions and impressions, the secret dance, brain science, the psychology of dance, and so much more!

About my guest:

Stefan Freedman, and his wife Bethan, were among the first wave of sacred circle dance teachers in the Findhorn tradition. For almost 40 years they have toured the world leading sacred dance workshops from complete beginner to advanced levels, as well as cultural trips and festivals incorporating live music. Stefan's memorable choreography is designed for participation and is celebrated worldwide. Stefan Freedman describes himself as muse-driven! A practical dreamer, shape-shifting from choreographer/dance facilitator/film-maker/songwriter/author/community-worker/festival organiser & multi-instrumentalist. In all of these roles the common thread is actualising potential. For 16 years Stefan has facilitated structured dance, creative movement and music with the Inside Out community project. This serves adults receiving mental health support. Stefan’s ground-breaking new book, DANCE WISE, is a harvest from all these years of global and local group-work. Stefan's early background in education, social science and research are evident in his writing.

...the sacred dance of co-creation

Upcoming 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.

The replay available on YouTube, Spotify and iTunes

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

July 18th, 2021
Melissa Michaels Founder of SomaSource

September 12th, 2021
Erica Ross Founder of The Move, Dance Our Way Home, Daily Dance, Author and Artist

October 10th, 2021

Megha Nancy Buttenheim Founder of Let Your Yoga Dance