June 23, 2003
The Home Of The Rave...
An ecstatic-dancing class frees the body and eases the mind
By Anna Marrian
There's ecstasy on the dance floor, but not the kind that's illegal. It's
Tuesday night and 100 young professionals have foregone "American
Idol" in favor of ecstatic dancing ó that is, raving without
the booze, smoke and drugs. Although the low lighting and throbbing music
makes this feel like a club, it's actually the third-floor auditorium
of the Children's Aid Society in SoHo, where Jonathan Horan teaches his
weekly 5Rhythms dance class, also known as ecstatic dancing. Instead of
eye popping cleavage or Prada pantsuits, dancers dress to sweat in tank
tops, shorts and Lycra workout pants. Regular Mark Sklawer, director of
Body Temple (www.bodytemple.info), a monthly, all-night, alcohol-free
dance party, says people are tired of going to clubs and getting wasted.
"These events are on the cutting edge of club culture and the wave
of the future," he says.