The Dances of Universal Peace

are a group of simple dances to live music.

The focus of each dance is in the singing of a particular sacred phrase or phrases, inspired by many spiritual, religious and mystic traditions from around the world.

No experience is necessary; come alone or bring a friend.

All dances are taught to the group each time.  


This dancing could be called spiritual practice in motion and is often referred to as Body Prayer.
This group of Dances, simple and profound, are set to sacred texts and mantras of the world’s spiritual traditions. A Dance leader teaches participants the sacred phrase (lyrics), melody, and movements, often with live guitar and drum accompaniment.

Movements are inspired from the sacred texts and strive to embody the essence of the spiritual message and our relationship to Life. Soon the circle is singing and moving together, deepening into the sacred phrase with each repetition. For many, the Dances become a joyous way to share heartfelt connection with others. Deepening in the sacred phrase and the flow of the movements, dancers often experience an essential unity and encounter with Life that is difficult to describe in words. In this atmosphere of openness, acceptance and trust there’s a doorway to discover our true home in Wholeness and the Eternal.
These Dances were begun by a visionary mystic, teacher Samuel L. Lewis. “Murshid Sam” a disciple of the great Indian Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, was also a recognized Zen roshi and a student of Jewish and Christian mysticism. His exchanges with Inayat Khan and dancer Ruth St. Denis helped empower the voices, musicianship, and energies blessing us now.


DUP has chosen to switch over the community listserv to
Please contact one of the moderators below to Request Invitation to the group: Helen  /  Wakil

Camp Burton Retreat 

Registrar: Martha at 206-367-0389 /

Fri/Sat/Sun – Nov 3/4/5, 2023 (please mark your calendars) Vashon Island, WA (Close to Seattle) In-Person -and- Online. We will have leaders from all corners of our region – Stay tuned and please sign up early. Includes dancing, lodging, and 6 fantastic meals prepared by Camp Burton staff.

Camp Burton registration form is here

Winter dance camps to be announced here soon.

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