The Alchemy of Dance: Sacred Dance as a Path to the Universal Dancer
(Second Revised Edition)
Format: Trade paperback
Publication Date: January 2018
Price: $14.50 soft cover
A simple method of teaching dance and esoteric wisdom enables women to reconnect with the divine feminine aspect within themselves.
...the sacred dance of co-creation
Movement is Life—Dance our birthright.
In 1986 Leslie Zehr returned to Egypt, the ancient motherland, to be fed and seeded from the Source. There she encountered the mysterious Serpent Goddess who taught her the ancient Sacred Dance.
In this book, the author takes us on that archetypal journey through the Tarot to the Universal Dancer, the Gold—accessing, through the Dance, the power held in “the field”.
It has been 9 years since the first publication of The Alchemy of Dance. In that time the author has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of women how to Dance the primordial Dance of the Serpent Goddess—reconnecting the sexual/spiritual aspects within themselves.
The Second Revised Edition Includes:
Let The Alchemy of Dance: Sacred Dance as a Path to the Universal Dancer open the door to the mystical Dance of the Serpent Goddess.
“I’m anything but objective about the work of Leslie Zehr. She has been a beloved mentor and friend ever since I first visited Cairo, and gave me one of the most useful teachings I’ve ever heard: “This is the country of the River. Give up and go where she wants to take you, and it gets easier. Try to swim against the current . . .” — and the rest did not have to be said. As the years have passed since 2003, her words have seemed to apply to almost everything: exchanges and interactions with people, communications with the Moon, Mother Earth, the Andean plant teachers and other Divine medicine, and with the flow of healing energy through all the bodies of my own consciousness.
Leslie is uniquely qualified to write not only about dance, but specifically about the Alchemy of it. The word comes from Khemt, the ancient word that the people of the Black Land by the Nile called their country before it became more widely known under its Greek name, “Egypt.” She was initiated as a Priestess at the Temple of Hathor at Dendera, has channeled and created the Egyptian Flower Remedies, has led the Cairo Center for Health and Wellbeing since she and other women first founded it in 1996, and has guided countless teachings and ceremonies at sacred sites, all of them unified by the same alchemical theme she presents in The Alchemy of Dance. The book is rich in spiritual lore, as it shows how an evolving pattern of Sacred Dance is present in the arcana of the tarot, the archetypal images of the soul journey, and the symbols of alchemy.
That’s why her book is so unusual. No footwork diagrams or pictures of body positions. And nothing about dance as entertainment, or as something to relieve the stress of the workaday world, or as a way to lose weight and get an ideal dancer’s body. If anything, Leslie affirms that women’s bodies of all sizes, ages and shapes are beautiful as they are. The point of what she does is in the alchemy as an empowering, liberating process of transformation in which one attunes with the rhythms of the Earth, the pulse of the heart and the dream of freedom. In the end, for those who commit to the path Leslie maps out, one can release the fear, the doubt and the distraction, and become one with the Universal Dancer who expresses what is sacred in every breath and every move.”
—Dan Furst author of “The Rain on the Nile”, “Maps of Power”, “Finding Your Best Places”, “Surfing Aquarius”, “Navegando por Acuario” and “Dance of the Moon”
“After reading this book I felt inspired to dance around the room, encouraged by the book’s message to reclaim this ancient art form. It is quite a liberating experience..."
—Yvonne Harlech author of “Mistress of the Temple” and “Harp of Joy”
“Leslie Zehr brings the feminine sacred arts to life in her magical book “The Alchemy of Dance.” This book is a must read for any woman who wants to know how to move the subtle energies of creation through the body with dance. I’ve highlighted and worked with each aspect of this book and love the information and insights I’ve gained. Thank you for writing it, Leslie!”
—Lisa Michaels Author, Creation Coach, Speaker
This is truly a fabulous book on sacred dance. I’ve been practicing sacred dances for many years and I highly recommend reading it and tell others about it. The author shares her own experience in the magic of dancing alchemy. It was both insightful as well as inspiring and empowering. She brings in the Tarot, the elements, power animals and there are some illustrations of the movements. Even though dance is clearly a kinesthetic experience, it’s a great read.”
—Maryanne Savino, New York, NY
“I absolutely loved “The Alchemy of Dance” for two main reasons. Many people do not think that they can do this kind of dancing and may feel intimidated. The book explains why it is so easy and so natural (instinctively) for us to do so. If you can just let yourself go as explained beautifully in the book, the rest will happen by itself. It is the most liberating experience and I have to say the energy and the vitality it promotes makes it worth trying.
The second reason is how well the spiritual connection is explained. It truly helps get you to a place of “no mind” which for many is easier to achieve by dancing than by meditating. I think the book is well worth reading and more importantly worth trying, meaning: get up and dance!!! All you have to lose are your inhibitions. You can gain flexibility, a sense of connectedness and JOY.”
—Cathy Rubini, Bologna, Italy
“Leslie, yours is a unique perspective and a powerful one. What I appreciated was the way you integrated all levels, physical, mental and spiritual, in your approach to the dance. I also felt that the power of your own personal experience and how you shared it gave the audience a way to relate to the potential of the tools you were sharing as something they too could take the risk to explore. The transformational work you teach is authentic in a way that a lot of New Age processes and tools unfortunately are not, or rather, they are often more superficial or ungrounded. So, thanks again for coming to Mimosa. Let us know if you are back this way again."
—Beth Wortzel Mimosa Books & Gifts, Madison WI, USA
“Leslie has been living in Egypt for 20 years and in that time has accessed some very deep energies and knowledge that she feels strongly guided to share. To this end she is traveling worldwide offering this workshop. My experience being and dancing with Leslie is that through her guidance I was able to access the ecstatic and powerful energies of feminine power with greater freedom and joy. And now I can use the simple yet profound movements that I tasted with her to continue that exploration on my own. I was able to take that from just a few hours, now Leslie is offering us an opportunity to be with her for 2 1/2 days!”
—Elizabeth Ebaugh Bubbling Springs Holistic Health Center, Silver Springs MD, USA