Seattle Dance Leader Quarterly Retreats
Most of the dance circles world-wide are led by one or two leaders; group dynamics and figuring out ways of leaders working together in that case are much simpler. But the Seattle Dance circle has been a pioneer in the model of a Dance Leading Team – often including 10 or more leaders—which in its very human nature is more complex than working alone or in pairs.
For many years the Seattle Dance Team has been meeting for a day-long quarterly retreat to fashion agreements on how it will work together—how do we welcome and encourage new leaders? How do we fairly assign dance leading time? What are the obligations and expectations of Dance Team membership? During this meeting we also schedule for the coming quarter both dance leaders and musicians, taking into account various requests made for holiday celebrations, guest leaders, and so on.
We also receive input from DUP Planning, and sometimes refer items to them.
Part of our retreat day has been devoted to deepening collaborative relationships among us through group spiritual practice, dance, and open-hearted discussion of issues that may have arisen either in the Seattle Dance community at large or within the team itself. Our hope is to grow in cooperation, kindness, authenticity, truthfulness and love. When two or more are gathered, there is conflict—the team meetings are also a place to bring and hopefully resolve interpersonal conflicts or differences of opinion or philosophy.
One of the important aspects of the team retreats is confidentiality. Personal information shared during the retreats is not to be shared with those not present. This encourages a depth of sharing and honesty.