Dance to Break the Chains: One Billion Rising!

There’s a Massive Movement Going On: One Billion Women, victims of gender violence, are dancing to break chains and end their suffering. Dance is power. Give the World a Valentine! Today and on V-DAY!

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InterPlay unlocks the wisdom of the body through dance, voice, story, stillness, and connection. It’s keys open the door, the heart, the path to health in kind and fun ways. InterPlayers know that What the Body Wants is to heal and enjoy life without being retraumatized! That is one reason why InterPlay works! Given health the body will rise!

InterPlayers in Bangalore, Claremont, Boston, Raleigh, Atlanta, Oakland, San Francisco, and beyond are Breaking the Chains! My incredible InterPlay colleague Soyinka Rahim and I will lead a flash mob in San Francisco’s Women’s Prison.

You don’t have to a) be a woman or b) learn choreography or c) show up somewhere to break the chain.  Today and on Valentines Day put on the music and dance on behalf of mothers, daughters, sweethearts, and girls health. Dance to end this crushing violence. Dance to change the world!

Break the Chain

Lyrics by Tena Clark, Music by Tena Clark/Tim Heintz

I raise my arms to the sky
On my knees I pray
I’m not afraid anymore
I will walk through that door
Walk, dance, rise
Walk, dance, rise

I can see a world where we all live
Safe and free from all oppression
No more rape or incest, or abuse
Women are not a possession

You’ve never owned me, don’t even know me
I’m not invisible, I’m simply wonderful
I feel my heart for the first time racing
I feel alive, I feel so amazing

I dance cause I love
Dance cause I dream
Dance cause I’ve had enough
Dance to stop the screams
Dance to break the rules
Dance to stop the pain
Dance to turn it upside down
Its time to break the chain, oh yeah
Break the Chain

Dance, rise
Dance, rise

In the middle of this madness, we will stand
I know there is a better world
Take your sisters & your brothers by the hand
Reach out to every woman & girl

This is my body, my body’s holy
No more excuses, no more abuses
We are mothers, we are teachers,
We are beautiful, beautiful creatures

I dance cause I love
Dance cause I dream
Dance cause I’ve had enough
Dance to stop the screams
Dance to break the rules
Dance to stop the pain
Dance to turn it upside down
It’s time to break the chain, oh yeah
Break the Chain, oh yeah
Break the Chain

Dance Break Inst.

Dance, rise
Dance, rise

Sister won’t you help me, sister won’t you rise (x4)

Dance, rise
Dance, rise

Sister won’t you help me, sister won’t you rise (x4)

This is my body, my body’s holy
No more excuses, no more abuses
We are mothers, we are teachers,
We are beautiful, beautiful creatures

I dance cause I love
Dance cause I dream
Dance cause I’ve had enough
Dance to stop the screams
Dance to break the rules
Dance to stop the pain
Dance to turn it upside down
Its time to break the chain, oh yeah
Break the Chain, oh yeah
Break the Chain

(Repeat chorus)

Now let’s Dance!

Set up a Caution Dance Meditation to move from fear to connection before free dancing Break the Chains. download a pdf of this ritual. The song “I’m Gonna Lift My Sister Up” is included in the ritual. Download this mp3 file of the music.

To learn the choreography this is the best video:

Please help us support the work of InterPlay to Break the Chains and Donate here.

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