Dances of Universal Peace

Special Events


New Year’s Eve Celebration in Salem
Fourth Annual

We will literally Ring in the the New Year – Bring a Bell, if you have one.

Share songs, dances, and prayers with others around the world, welcoming the New Year in Peace!

DATE: New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2010

TIME: 9:00 PM – Midnight

PLACE: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem
 5090 Center St. NE  (at Cordon Road)

BRING: Potluck finger foods and a BELL

Flyer for Event (click 2010GLOBAL-PEACE-DANCE)

Corvallis – New Event – December 8

Come Dance in Corvallis! 
All Dancers, DUP Musicians, Leaders are Welcome!

December 8, 2010
7:00-8:30p (social time and refreshments to follow)

First United Methodist Church
1165 NW Monroe Avenue Corvallis
OR  97330

For More Information, contact:

Flyer for Event (click Corvallis-flyer)

McMinnville Dance – Special Event Nov 21

All Dancers, DUP Musicians, & Leaders Welcome!

Sunday November 21,

First Baptist Church
125 SE Cowls St
McMinnville, OR 97128

This event follows a regular Sunday drumming circle that begins at 6:30p.  You are welcome to attend the drumming circle as well.

For More Information, contact:

Flyer for Event (click McMinnville-flyer)

Dances go to Western Oregon University! – Come Support this Event!


Park in Lot H behind the Werner University Center

Calling all Salem, Portland, Eugene, Corvallis Dancers!

Please help support this first ever, Dances of Universal Peace at Western Oregon University. 

Downlowd the flyer and stay tuned for information about parking.

 WOU DUP Flyer

Dance For Peace

Inter-Faith, All Beliefs


“Dances of Universal Peace”

Welcomes and honors All Traditions and

Religious Faith’s in Unity for Peace

Come Dance for Peace

Everyone Welcome – No Experience Necessary

Steps and Words are Taught before each Dance

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Werner University Center – Santiam Room

FOOD AND BEVERAGES Social to follow

Contact: Stephen Pierce, Music Department, 503.838.6127


SPECIAL EVENT: The Physical Aspect of Breathing & Sufi Qigong

The Physical Aspect of Breathing & Sufi Qigong

A Workshop with Murad Malvin Finkelstein

with Optional Potluck Following

Saturday, November 13th

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Held in Salem

There are many reasons why people do not breathe rightly and one among them is a lack

of education in this. As health is more important than anything else on earth and as health

depends entirely on the breath, which is the very life, it is necessary that the culture of the

breath should be considered as of highest importance –—Hazrat Inayat Khan

In this class, we will gain skill in practices that can be incorporated in daily life to enhance

one’s physical health and energetic capacity. We will

activity related to meditation and qigong;

Explore the physical aspect of breathing and practice awareness of the breath, an

incorporates the healing aspects of the 4 elemental directions;

Murad brings stories and teachings from the Universal Sufi tradition, Sufi Healing and

Chinese Medicine. He is a senior teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International and the Dervish

Healing Order. Murad is an acupuncturist/OMD in Eugene and the former president of the

National Qigong Association.

and Oriental medicine.

Learn a form of qigong developed by Murad that incorporates aspects of Sufism andHe has 30 years of experience as a teacher of Sufism, qigongWorkshop size is limited. Please register early. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early so we can start

promptly at 10:00. Suggested donation: $45. Sliding scale also available. All proceeds

donated to a charitable organization. Please plan on wearing loose clothing and please bring a

simple sack lunch. We will take a brief lunch break to eat lightly prior to later Qigong practice.

There will not be time to go out to a restaurant for lunch. Please bring a potluck dish if wishing

to participate in a potluck afterwards.

To register, contact Frank Opila (503-283-1145

out to Murad Finkelstein and mail to Frank Opila, at 2234 N. Wygant St., Portland, OR 97217.

Drop-ins are welcome, but space is limited – please call Frank prior to the workshop.

[email protected]) or send a check made


As part of the city of Salem’s Peace Festival, Dances of Universal Peace will be held on October 6, 2010, 7-8:30p.

Note: We will still meet on the 3rd Thursday of October.

Community Gatherings

Again a backdrop of a photo.  Some quotes from dancers about the community gatherings.

Two or three times a year, the Salem dance circle participants volunteer their home for a Sunday afternoon Salem Dance Community  Gathering.  These gatherings are an opportunity to share a potluck meal and have a longer time to visit and to get to know one another than dance evenings allow.  Singing and dancing is included as well as have a time to share feedback and ideas regarding the dance circle and dance-related events.  Participants who have musical talents are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in.

Special Events – Overview and Past

Special Events

The Salem Dance Circle hosts two or three special events a year. Participants are encouraged to wear celebratory/ethnic dress and to  bring snacks to share.     A small donation is requested to cover costs although no one is turned away for lack of funds. To be advised of special events, join the e-mail list……

Some examples of prior Salem Dance Circle special events include:

New Year’s Eve Global Peace Dance Celebration:   The Salem UU Global Peace Dance is be one of many Global Peace Dances occurring worldwide on December 31.  Dance circles gather world-wide  to welcome the New Year with songs, dances, prayers, and meditations for peace in the spirit of unity of all spiritual traditions.  The Salem Global Peace Dence includes Dances of Universal Peace, ritual and meditation and a finger food  potluck.    Participants are welcome to attend all or some of this event. 

Equinox Dance:  This special event celebrates the Equinox, a day of equal length of day and night, a gateway of the seasons.  On a personal level, for many of us the Equinox marks arising from the fatigue and inwardness of the winter that has passed with new energy inspired by the life emerging all around us.  The evening interweaves, dance, meditation and ritual to acknowledge and honor what has been gathering energy and incubating  within us throughout the winter that holds the possibility of new growth.  

Summer Solstice Dance:  Mid-summers eve, coming as it does in the middle of the growing season, is celebrated in many spiritual traditions as a festival of manifestation as well as of release.  This special event combines dance and ritual.  Participants are encouraged to bring alter items such as fruits and flowers representing what is coming to fruition in their lives –what might be growing or what one wishes to be growing.

Dance Honoring Hazrat Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi:  Around the world, the 13th Century Poet and Sufi Spiritual Leader, Hazrat  Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, is honored on Dec. 17th, the day of his passing or URS.  The  day of an individual’s passing, or reuniting with the beloved, is a day of celebration in the Islamic tradition.   This special event is  a mixture of poetry reading, performance of song inspired by Rumi’s poetry, Dances of Universal Peace inspired by Rumi’s poetry and Zikr including the turn, honoring Rumi’s connection with the Mevlevi order of Sufism.   “Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry, and dance as a path for reaching God. It was from these ideas that the practice of “whirling” dervishes developed into a ritual form. His teachings became the base for the Mevlevi which his son, Sultan Walad organized” ).  Dance circle participants are encouraged to contribute to poetry reading or performances offered during the evening.

Dances at the Oregon State Penitentiary:  As part of a program in which representatives from diverse spiritual traditions lead penitentiary members in activities related to spiritual practice, the Salem Dance Circle has hosted a number of dances at the Oregon State Penitentiary.   Salem Dance Circle members have also attended.  

Dances with Special Guest Leaders:   Special events include evenings  featuring guest leaders such as Kalama Reuter of White Salmon, Hayra Fatah  and Phil Notermann  of Seattle and others who are well known regionally and/or nationwide of their dance leadership.

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