August 3, 2010

Dancing Spirit into Being

Originally posted at Elephant Journal.

The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power with Nita Rubio.

Watching Nita dance is watching poetry in motion.

Witnessing Nita is witnessing the Goddess.

Nita has long been a secret treasure for women in Los Angeles and Orange County,whose reach and influence is growing. Flowing with grace, wisdom and strength, Nita empowers women by “aligning them with their internal compass.” In a female-only space, women have the opportunity to turn inward, identify beauty devoid of the male gaze and dance spirit into being.

 

For over a decade, Nita has been passing on the ancient wisdom of the divine feminine, a sacred element contained in every woman waiting to be accessed. Through this work, Nita guides women as they access that wisdom. In doing so, women come in contact with the knowing of the body and are able to enliven, heal, create community and recognize the Goddess as they stand before the mirror and behold themselves.  Tapping into these gifts is made possible by the energetic container that Nita facilitates, a container marked by female solidarity and support. 

Nita began her life as a dancer, ballet slippers fixed on tiny pointed toes at age five. She credits the rigors of ballet class for preparing her for the demands of a committed spiritual practice. 

Nita’s first “official” introduction to the Goddess was through a Goddess community, Long Beach Woman Spirit. This experience paved the way for future personal inquiries that included Wicca, paganism and shamanic work. After being a solo practitioner for many years, Nita was relieved to find Vajra Ma, the originator of the Tantric Dance of Feminine Power. Nita was immediately called to teach this work and underwent rigorous and lengthy training that included but is not limited to ritual work, subtle body energetics, and the cultivation of the authentic voice. In the summer of 2000, Nita was ordained a Priestess in this tradition

The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power was the doorway to direct experience providing Nita numerous mystical experiences, insights and awakenings. Inspired by these experiences and this sacred movement modality, the seed of longing for more of the Tantric experience was firmly planted in Nita’s heart. 

Nita was fortunate enough to continue her quest by being accepted by two teachers of the Shakti tradition of Tantra. One such teacher, Parvathi Nanda Nath, is a yogini descended from a direct and unbroken lineage carrying the transmissions of Kaula Tantra, Shru Vidya and Kasmir Shaivism. Parvathi’s teachings and practices have allowed Nita to continue to cultivate her own teachings and broaden her scope of understanding. 

Nita’s other teacher prefers to stay anonymous thus preserving the nature of secrecy around Tantra. This secrecy is not about shame or elitism. It’s about each individual being called by the incredible power to explore the consciousness and, ultimately, being presented with the proper teacher at the proper time. 

Nita has delicately woven the teachings of her mentors with her background in dance, yoga, the healing arts and  feminist consciousness. As a result, Nita offers her students a beautiful, inspiring and deeply nurturing practice. While many contemporary tantric practices focus on the physical culmination of sexual energy with partners, this practice is for the woman herself and the power is accessed by her alone.  The practice brings them in deeper contact with their authentic self through the portal of sexual energy or “the erotic,” concepts distorted by a contemporary hyper-sexual, pornographic culture too often highlighted by domination, power plays and disconnection. 

As Audre Lorde stated in The Uses of the Erotic, the erotic is a source of power for women. It is a non-rational, fulfilling, replenishing and joyful source of power dwelling in our deepest being. 

There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those various sources of power within the culture of the oppressed that can provide energy for change. For women, this has meant a suppression of the erotic as a considered source of power and information within our lives. 

Nita helps us step on to that female spiritual plane, ignite our internal flames as we dance and, in the process, rebuild a pro-woman spiritual lineage. 

In addition to The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power for women, Nita teaches co-ed dance classes, Tantric Purification Practies (for women only or co-ed) and leads residential retreats in Big Sur and Joshua Tree. 

To find out more about Nita Rubio, visit her website, blog and facebook page. 

 Photos by Barry J. Holmes. Video provided by The Hub, West Los Angeles


60 Comments »

  1. I consider myself a feminist, but why does it need to be linked to female goddess and spiritual power nonsense? If that is the image of women you would like to spread, it seems to me you are fighting bullshit with bullshit.

    Comment by Fugor — August 10, 2010 @ 9:00 am

  2. It doesn’t “need” to be about the goddess or spiritual it power but it can be. Feminist spirituality was and is one of many branches and styles of feminism. For me, it added a dimension to the foundation I had built for the 10 years leading up to my discovery of this modality and it has proved to be powerful. As Carol Christ states in her essay, “Why Women Need the Goddess,” (an essay that deconstructs the goddess as a symbol and why symbols are powerful and necessary), there are deep lessons to be learned about the female body, female relationships, worth, etc. Yes, these can be learned else where but, for me and many other women, there is something beautiful about the experience rather than just the intellectualization. I see nothing wrong with a diversity of feminist interpretations, styles or branches as long as they are committed to gender equality, freedom and diversity. I’m completely turned off by the idea that feminism is just this and feminists are just that. In fact, many women are turned off by feminism because they feel their feminist membership will be revoked for one reason or another.

    Comment by Melanie — August 10, 2010 @ 9:26 am

  3. I think that this is very interesting. From what I have read and studied I have never really thought of feminism or a feminist being about goddesses or anything spiritual. After reading this I see an additional aspect to which feminism can be described and interpreted. It is interesting that feminism can be rooted in this.

    Comment by Joshua. S — November 1, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

  4. It is interesting to me to think of a female and a goddess and compare the two. I love how the goddess symbolizes female power and beauty. It is just a symbol of the power women have over themselves. I really enjoyed reading about the topic of “The Tantric Dance.”

    Comment by Ariel Kasheri (wmst10scholars) — November 30, 2010 @ 10:00 am

  5. I really had no idea there were so many outlets for women to cultivate their individuality. I think Nita’s story of self-actualization is so inspiring. I have always been in awe of the female body and all that it creates and it is so nice to finally have someone comparing us to goddesses!

    Comment by Danielle G — April 23, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

  6. wow, i truly appreciate this blog concerning that i am a dancer myself. I believe that there are variety types of dances in which we can connect our mental with our physicality and align it with our creative and spiritual being. Beign a dancer has helped me find the creative power within me and that is what i feel like female goddess is, it is broadening your creation using your physicality and thus it will help you have ownership and truly appreciate the body you are born within.

    Comment by melani dg — May 16, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

  7. This reminded me of yoga. By the way, why do we have yoga as a credited class on colleges, but meditation and other self empowering exercises such as this dance are not offered? I wander what would happen to the world if men were to practice this dance and become stronger in their inner feelings! I think every person should have an equal opportunity to these activities and to allow his or herself to learn the most valuable secret of all time, loving oneself. It all starts by knowing yourself, learning your body, accept what you are then love what you are. It could be that simple!

    Comment by MATAN P. — January 30, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

  8. This blog, and the whole issue of the worship/celebration of the inner Goddess, brings up many unanswered questions for me. I understand that the traditional monotheistic religions such as Islam, Judaism and Christianity, with their God-the-Father, all support patriarchal society and the submission/ inferiority of women and the feminine. Because of this I understand the need to create a spiritual place where women and the feminine are celebrated. But by equating the feminine with nature, the Goddess, and sensuality/the erotic, isn’t this Goddess movement encouraging the idea that women are different than men? That the source of female power and knowledge is different than that of men and effectively unattainable by men? Isn’t that just supporting the idea of an essential difference between men and women while just trying to switch which difference is superior and which is inferior? Isn’t one of the goals of feminism to eliminate ALL hierarchies and not to create a new hierarchy with women at the top? Didn’t psychological studies used in Brown vs. the Board of Education demonstrate that separate can never be equal? That anytime there is a set of binaries, humans will naturally consider one of the elements superior to the other? Therefore, wouldn’t it be more productive to encourage movement away from a binary perspective, masculine vs. feminine power/knowledge as a means to discourage hierarchy?

    Comment by SandraR — January 30, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

  9. very intereting.goddess symbolizes female power and beauty which i find fascinating.It is a great symbol of power and beauty that women have.a goddess is what every women should be titled.

    Comment by Jonteen R. — February 1, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

  10. This post intrigued me. I never knew about Tantric Dance. Over the years I have on again, off again, used meditation as a way of settling my mind, bringing inner peace, centering/grounding myself, and looking for answers from within, as a means of seeking spiritually. I found whenever I have consistently practiced meditation, whether on retreats, or during a daily morning routine, meditation has brought me great strength, a feeling of knowing, inner peace, and positive direction. Unfortunately, keeping the practice consistent is my problem.

    What caught my eye with Tantric was being able to ‘dance spirit into being.’ It aligns with the practice of meditation in that it is spiritually based, the power comes from within, and it raises consciousness. The added element of motion, of dance rhythms or patterns, of swaying to music seems poetic, the body motion itself becoming hypnotic. It was beautiful watching Nita dance in the video. She looked so graceful, joyous, and free. I almost felt like I was intruding in her private space. Thank you for sharing this, Melanie. It was an honor to listen, learn, and watch.

    Comment by Suzy D — February 5, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

  11. This seems interesting to me because it is very inspiring to know how the goddess symbolizes female power and beauty. In every culture some of their dances are significant and also spiritual because they actually feel the movement in their bodies. To me dancing is the movement of the body, which has rhythm. I strongly agree that dancing plays an important role in a culture it has aspects that can identify a culture, is a way to get together with other people. In my opinion the dances of our place help us identify ourselves as well as our community in a better way.

    Comment by Tiffany M — February 5, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  12. I haven’t heard of tantric dance, but it does seem like yoga & meditation combined with dance.I would not mind trying this. But I am still not so sure how spirituality and feminism can be discussed at the same time because feminism being spiritual makes me think of some sort of religion. Also, the idea of divine goddess of feminism leads me to think women’s studies as a religious study so I am a bit hesitant to delve further into spirituality and goddess.

    Comment by Jin Min — February 7, 2012 @ 4:07 am

  13. The technique looks very intriguing. While it looks like a spiritual way to get into contact with your inner body, like yoga, I’m not sure if I would like to try this approach to connect with my erotic side. I am open to pretty much anything that will help heal the inside and out of my body, but this looks like practice and research on the method needs to studied prior to the first meet.

    Comment by Salina G — April 4, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

  14. I think this is verified interesting. I feel that if I tried to practice this, I would be able to connect with my inner goddess. At the age of 27, I still do not feel that connection quite yet. I feel that I need that connection to be able to find true happiness with my body and myself. I have tried yoga and meditation and they take me into a different state of mind for a short period of time. I think if I had the time I would try this new technique. Very interesting.

    Comment by Ana B — April 18, 2012 @ 7:51 am

  15. I find it very liberating that Nita is trying to empower women by allowing them to see themselves as a goddess. I think it is amazing that she is trying to empower women by giving them a beautiful, nurturing and inspiring place. Here, women can begin to find the power within themselves and I find that beautiful.

    Comment by Jessica Serrano — April 26, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

  16. I believe anything that will get women to embrace who they are is a wonderful thing. Dance is a wonderful way to get to know yourself because it is through dance that you can learn what you and your body can do. I know I am truly happy and at one with myself when I dance, whether the form of dance is jazz, hip-hop, or praise dance. When I dance I feel that there is nothing that I cannot do, society’s judgement does not hinder me when I am dancing. Everyone needs to embrace themselves because it is through that embrace that we can refute whatever society is trying to tell us we are.

    Comment by Justine B — April 29, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

  17. to me, anything can be transformed into a spiritual experience, especially dancing. Tantric dancing allows itself to be a portal for self expression. One doesn’t have to believe in the goddess philosophies to be able to dance and set themeselves free, feminist or not. Before, I believed that feminism was like a cult. A group that lived and believed the same things. I thought that it was something that had to be followed to the line and you had either had to be very involved in the movement, or not at all. I no know that this ideology is completely wrong. I have found myself to be a feminist, to believe in equality and to want to better myself and the people around me. Now I may not be a “goddess”, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dance in a way that makes me content and one within myself.

    Comment by lucero Medrano — April 29, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

  18. Before reading this article I had never heard of feminist spirituality. From what I learned in the article I feel that it is a great and interesting idea, one that shows that feminism can many a great many things and have different interpretations to the different people that come across it. I like that Nita and the tantric dance is a way for women to gain confidence and become more in tune with themselves and find a sexual appreciation (finding the goddess from within) that is separate from men and what they consider beautiful and sexy in our patriarchal society. It is very empowering.

    Comment by Ajalah T. — April 29, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

  19. I want to dance with Nita! This article and video seemed like it is exactly what women need today- a peaceful moment in time where we can connect with our bodies and appreciate who we are as women and what we do. I found it very interesting that Nita was a studied dancer for Ballet, because I too have studied for over 15 years and unless you really know and have experienced how harsh and strict training for ballet is, you never understand how freeing any form of dance may be to express one’s self freely and individually. Ballet is an art form for others to watch, but what Nita does is selfish and only for her. It seems beautiful and makes me want to move. Everyone should have a chance to connect with their inner goddess, because really- who doesn’t need it?

    Comment by Montana.C — April 30, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

  20. I had never heard of the Tantric Dance of Feminine Power before this article. I also watched the video and it seems like a perfect way to release all the negative energy that is placed on us in this patriarchal society we live in and find the energy and power that is hidden deep down within each of us. I would definitely like to explore this option as well as yoga as a way to find and release my own power.

    Comment by Tina Brenner — May 1, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

  21. First off I have never realized that feminist would approach mediation and dance as a form of rebuilding the image of a woman. This practice makes sense and is probably very helpful for those who feel oppressed, lost, confused, or those who are seeking a different meaning of femininity. The trantric dance sounds like a form of mediation and relaxation in which women can escape reality and enter their imaginary world where they can be free from external pressures. This sounds like they release inner feelings (whether good or bad) and rebuild their new self. Sometimes I am sure that for some women, this is their only way of escape from their every day lives. Practices like these can be their sole medication used to restore their femininity.

    Comment by Wesley L. — May 4, 2012 @ 1:23 am

  22. Hmm, never heard of tantric dance, but I have heard of yoga and love it and they seem to be similar. It reminds me of getting in touch with your inner self – connecting with your body, and apparently your inner goddess. “Poetry in motion,” I couldn’t have said it better. It is important to embrace yourself and fee happy for yourself, this seems like a perfect way to do it. I really need to learn some of these techniques, I think it would really help me in the place I am in right now. Women can be so strong and powerful, this is a testament to that.

    Comment by Jennifer — May 4, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  23. I have never heard of tantric practice before reading this post. I found this to VERY interesting, seeing that I was a dancer of this sort before. I did something called praise dance. This form of dance is a spiritual dance that represents the love one has for God. It is different from this form of dance however. I really like how tantic practice revolves around the woman herself. I found it iteresting that most other forms of tantric practice involved both men and women’s sexual energy with each other. This type however only focuses on a woman’s sexual energy connection that she has with herself. As a woman, I understand how important it is to be in tune with your feelings about your own mind, body and spirit. I think it’s incredible what Nita is doing and I personally would not mind trying tantric practicing myself.

    Comment by Danielle K. — May 9, 2012 @ 9:46 am

  24. This is an interesting new way of looking at the feminine spirutuality. I think approaches like these enable people to have a deeper connection themselves which then enables them to have a deeper,heart-felt, understanding of why they choose to make feminism their cause. Wheather the “spriritually” is ‘real’ or not is not relavent, what is important is the notion that it can help feminist stregthen their idea of what is means to be a feminist.

    Comment by Elvis Rosales — May 9, 2012 @ 10:49 am

  25. I don’t understand any of the following: spirituality, dance, human movement. I genuinely just don’t get any of this. I have never considered myself a spiritual person in any sense of the word. The same goes with dancing. I have never been, am not, and will never be a dancer. That being said I believe that any act in which women find themselves becoming more comfortable with their own being is a positive thing.

    The first comment suggested this is all fighting bullshit with bullshit, but I say, “so what?” If something creates positivity within a person and gives them a better self of being then they should do it. This isn’t hurting anyone and seems to be providing so many positive things to women. So kudos to Nita for inspiring women. We need more people like her in this world.

    Comment by Aleksey R. — May 9, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

  26. This is the first time I have hearing about tantric dance but the concept that this dance is made for women to fine their inter peace seems very interesting. Dance has always been a way for people to reconnect with themselves. It is as way to become in tune with your body and embrace every part of it. When I dance I feel in a peaceful place, where no one can bring me down and untimely I’m the one in control of my surroundings. I think having dances that encourages people to love themselves is very helpful. Whether these dances help or not people need something to believe in and if dances help them then I believe there is nothing wrong with practicing it.

    Comment by Debora G — May 9, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

  27. I do not know how to take all of this. I feel like it is important to embrace femininity, sometimes it is taken to a place that I do not know how to understand. I need to learn more about Wicca and paganism to appreciate some of the approaches of Nita I guess.

    That being said, I want to feel a spiritual awakening on the dance floor… but I think that it would be a different dance floor than Nitas!

    Comment by J. Prock — May 10, 2012 @ 1:47 am

  28. Thank you for introducing me to this powerful community! The article is very informing and fascinating. Identifying “beauty devoid of the male gaze” sounds incredibly powerful, particularly for those of us who wish to learn how to embody true “love and beauty” within ourselves as we see our bodies change. For sure one cannot find the female spirit on colorful billboards around the cities. There is so much women have lost by being forced to disconnect from our female power and wisdom. Patriarchal religions and institutions who disempowered women centuries ago continue to do so with righteous laws and insidious advertising campaigns. Welcome to women like Nita—a true opportunity for us women to reclaim our authentic selves. There is little opportunity for today’s women to turn within and tune into our own feelings when the pressures to be good moms, wives, lovers, sisters, friends, housewives, and “successful” career women are so great. Being part of a community of women is a powerful way of connecting with each other’s power and reclaiming our sexual energies. Only in this way we can recognize this power as our own. A spiritual community of women such as Nita’s can inspire women to reconnect with their wiser selves, although it can also elicit much criticism from those women who are afraid of their own power .
    I believe there is such a thing as “an internal compass”. In fact, many women use it all the time without knowing it. Let’s use that compass to reconnect with our female wisdom and inner power through spiritualty and communities of women. Daring to “dance spirit into being” can change women’s value and status in society into revered goddesses and witches just like our ancestral mothers used to be.

    Comment by M. R. Salvat — May 11, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

  29. I can appreciate all of Nita’s approaches to celebrating feminism except the Wicca and Paganism practices. I do not feel that an individual should be worshiped for being female or male, however I do understand the general concept. Dance is an amazing way for women, or men, to connect with their inner-being and celebrate who they are. Specifically because women are objectified and taken advantage of, I think the idea of dance is a great way for women to “take back what is theirs”. In a patriarchal world, women’s bodies do not belong to them. Our bodies are taken advantage of by men, however this Tantric dance provides women with the opportunity to experience freedom from male domination over their own bodies. When I dance, I do feel as if I have the freedom to use this body which is mine without feeling the pressure of control from men. I approve of dance as a way for women to reconnect with their bodies, in a spiritual way.

    Comment by Britjette M. — May 11, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  30. This form of expression and femininity seems a hard route into self-acceptance. It seems more what comes afterward than a way into it. To many, the thought of feminine energy likened to goddess statehood seems a bit absurd. However, I do not dismiss it. It is just not a preferred avenue of my relationship with feminism. Perhaps later on in my life I will have the pleasure of finding my spiritual relationship with my womb.

    Comment by Kayla — May 13, 2012 @ 9:18 am

  31. Women are better when it comes to understanding and connecting with themselves. Feminist spirituality is one of many different styles of feminism in which is often the least portrayed in the society.When people think of feminism, they they rowdy activist that burn bras, there are some feminist that are sensual and more meditated to form a conscious way of thinking. There is nothing wrong with multiple feminist interpretations because it has been proven that not each person is alike. There are different methods of approach that feminist take to get their points across and some may resonate better with others. I have never been the person to place judgment on another person’s beliefs therefore I am accepting to their thoughts of spirituality and goddesses. If that is what allows them to be comfortable and find a medium, in their lives then that is what is best. Society often wants to reconstructs a persons faith, in which I do not think they have the right to. Allow women to be comfortable in which ever element of feminism they wish to peruse.

    Comment by Brandy S. — May 13, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  32. I had never heard about “tantric dance” I found this article very interesting. I like the fact that the purpose of this dance is to help women find their own peace. I think that is really nice and something great for myself to try.I have always found dance something very important in my own life to distract myself from any problems and to distressed myself. I also find that dance is one of the way for people to reconnect with others and themselves has always been a way for people to reconnect with themselves in a fun and enjoyable way.I feel this type of dance definitely encourages people to love themselves,which is very helpful. Whether these dances help or not people need something to believe in and if dances help them then I believe there is nothing wrong with practicing it. I just found this dance so interesting in the way feminine is seen spirituality. It approaches like people to have a deeper connection themselves which then enables them to have a deeper,heart-felt, understanding of why they choose to make feminism their own cause,their own way.

    Comment by Melissa Avitia — May 13, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

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  34. I personally would not partake in these types of ethnic, shaman like dances to express my femininity and power but whatever allows you to connect with the universe and yourself is something I encourage women to go for. I prefer yoga which is similar in the spiritual connection between the self and the outside world to the dance Nita does. This centers me and allows me to build self esteem and confidence and to embrace my feminine nature by establishing a connection between my mind and my body.

    Comment by Melody S. — May 27, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

  35. I believe that in order to not go insane, one has to have an outlet. Personally, I like personal time to try and hit optimal spirituality. Weather its yoga, or skateboarding, it doesnt matter, everyone needs to be able to have their own thing. Nita found a way to express herself through dance, introduced it to other women, and in turn found a connection between themselves. I can appreciate and admire women who not only connect with the earth spiritually, but can connect with other women. I appreciate women who are the excetption to the rule, instead of sociologist (soc 33) explaining that women will not be friends with other women if they see them as competition. Women need to get along. Women and men need to get along. Men and Men need to get along.

    Comment by Carmelle C. — May 28, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

  36. Figuring out a way for women to get further connected with their femininity is amazing. Everyone person needs a niche to feel a sense of belonging, and I think a class like this can really open that up for women who feel lost or disconnected. Like Nita discussed in the YouTube, she sees women becoming more connected with themselves daily when she teaches the class. Creating an outlet like this for women seems very safe and comfortable. Being a part of a class filled with women trying to reach the same goal that you are is very motivating and peaceful. I believe taking a class like this could truly help women that are at a stand-still in their lives, or for women who just want to further a connection with themselves and their femininity. Recognizing your feminine power is very useful and motivating, and a class like this can help you find that power.

    Comment by Ryan F. — May 30, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

  37. I found this article very interesting. I learned a new aspect to feminism. I would never have linked up dance with feminism. But, come to think of it dance is expressing your inner feelings to music. I guess if yoga could have a connection to feminism, then why can’t dance and other spiritual activities? Feminism seems to be about self love and dance, yoga, and/or other spiritual activities may help in one’s search to find themselves.

    Comment by Mary Marrone — May 30, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

  38. As a dancer myself I can understand the freedom and comfortable environment that Nita prides in her dancing. Dance as an art allows you to use your body as your tool of expression which to a feminist could be an even deeper tool by being so in tune with your body. I was no familiar with Nita’s specific genre prior to this article and it sounds very spiritual. Each genre brings out a different aspect of emotion. Hip hop would be very different than ballet. Spiritual dancing would be very different to stomping. However I do not think it is correct to generalize dance to be associated with feminism. Dance can be independent from feminism and feminism can be independent of dance. In Nita’s personal situation she links the too, but it is important to recognize their overall independence.

    Comment by Jenna H — November 6, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

  39. I am no way a dancer,but from reading this article it shows how Nita gets a sense of euphoria when she does her dances.She is a great influence on women,teaching them these dances so they can get in touch with themselves and their bodies to feel good about themselves.This article shows how nita is very passionate about dancing and it makes her feel good.I could relate to this when I workout because after I workout I feel really good and that im getting closer to reaching the six pack that i desperately want.I do get in touch with my mind and body when I workout just like Nita does because when my workouts get tough I dig into my mind to build my mental toughness better and to make sure my body continues to operate.

    Comment by Saman M. — November 10, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  40. I have never heard of nor witnessed a dance that is intended to influence feminism. I believe that Nita’s dancing ways is an expressive action in order for women to portray her feminine side. I feel that although dancing is an activity mostly done by females, Nita portrays the ways in which women can take pride in their femininity, feeling close to their gender and having the ability to express it through dance. I do not agree nor disagree with Nita’s interpretation of her unique dances. I believe that both males and females can express his/her gender in any way, whether it involves dancing or not. Also, I feel that these dances in which Nita portrays helps women embrace their femininity and take great pride in their independence as a women in their community.

    Comment by Sheerly A — November 12, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

  41. Anything that will get women to embrace and be confident about who they are is a wonderful thing. Dancing is an amazing form of art in which a woman can familiarize herself with what she and her body are capable of doing. Before reading this article I never knew what feminist spirituality was. Based on what I learned and read about in the article, I find that it is a great and interesting idea. The Tantric Dance is for women to gain confidence and learn to love themselves and their bodies and to find the goddess from within. Ideas like these enable people to have a deeper connection themselves which then enables them to have a deeper, heart-felt, understanding of why they choose to make feminism their cause.

    Comment by Edwin S. — November 25, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

  42. This article interested me because I have been a dancer since I was 3 or 4 years old.
    I spend three or four hours every day after school staring at myself in the mirror in a leotard or dance costume. The constant discussion was about being thin, dieting, who was getting fat and how we could keep from showing any hint of a developing woman’s body. We all thought that the prettiest girls were the ones without breasts and hips, and they looked the best in their costumes. Of course, this lead to eating disorders and all kinds of psychological issues. After struggling with issues that dancers have, and trying to overcome them, I now feel empowered when I am strong and healthy and not necessarily super thin. It was wonderful and enlightening to see dance being used to celebrate femininity. I wish that dance were taught to all little girls with this concept in mind. I also wonder if men were encouraged to seek their “inner masculine consciousness” what that would look like.

    Comment by Ellie G — November 30, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

  43. Reading this made me view dancing in a whole different perspective. I’m used to the misogynist depiction of women dancing, you know those MTV music videos with tone women “dropping it low” in their bikinis. This kind of dancing from the womb provides a positive sanction of a woman’s body instead of the dirty filthy reminders we usually get in this patriarchal society. I’m glad to have read this article because it has shown me a different way to view dancing along with knowing that we are able to change the way we know things. Even though I know little about dancing techniques it is nice to know that there are places where a women’s body movement is valued and not sexually objectified. These dances empower women as a whole by accepting our role in this world of providing our wombs to create life. Knowing that there is valued in dance such as these is wonderful instead of what I was used to from the MTV music videos of women being sexually objectified.

    Comment by ElizabethR — December 3, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

  44. I am no way a dancer,but from reading this article it shows how Nita gets a sense of euphoria when she does her dances.She is a great influence on women,teaching them these dances so they can get in touch with themselves and their bodies to feel good about themselves.This article shows how nita is very passionate about dancing and it makes her feel good.I could relate to this when I workout because after I workout I feel really good and that im getting closer to reaching the six pack that i desperately want.I do get in touch with my mind and body when I workout just like Nita does because when my workouts get tough I dig into my mind to build my mental toughness better and to make sure my body continues to operate.

    Comment by PanteaP — December 4, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

  45. I found this article and video to be very interesting and inspirational. I myself have practiced ballet and very much enjoy it so I was very intrigued by this tantric dance. I feel that it is a beautiful thing that Nita is able to connect with her inner self through dancing. As well as, I applaud her for being able to empower women and help them find their inner goddess through dance.

    Comment by NatalieA — December 5, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

  46. I found this article to be extremely different than what I expected. I don’t think I expected to feel as inspired by this feminist spirituality. However, it seems entirely sensible that many women would find these types of practices useful in finding peace and a connection within themselves. There are people who are unable to find that inner peace within themselves and need a spiritual outlet that provides support, in helping individuals connect with their body. The introduction of this article was able to grasp my attention from the very beginning. One of the quotes I found to be appealing was, “Flowing with grace, wisdom and strength, Nita empowers women by “aligning them with their internal compass.”

    Comment by Jacklynn M — May 16, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

  47. I am not a dancer, but from this article I can understand how women can discover and express the beauty, freedom and power from within themselves. “While many contemporary tantric practices focus on the physical culmination of sexual energy with partners, this practice is for the woman herself and the power is accessed by her alone.” I found this particular quote interesting because it truely focuses on the power within the individual. What a fascinating, beautiful process! Most dancing today is for the gratification of others – who, more often than not, are men. This dancing is completely for the woman, and bringing out her own power.

    Comment by Presley B — May 25, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

  48. I love this for two reasons: 1) I am not a dancer, but I LOVE to dance. & 2) a HUGE part of female empowerment, to ME, is the symbol of a Goddess, and the idea that we ourselves are all goddesses. I had a professor once who spoke about all the Goddesses the female body encompasses and how we all are capable of anything we desire to do, but we must get in touch with that goddess inside first. Paganism is fascinating to me, and I strongly believe that though we live in a “man’s world”, women can rule it easily if only we BELIEVED we could. I must admit, I’m biased about it all because I prefer a world where females rule over a world where men and women are just equals. Men have controlled the world for far too long! It’s our turn :) that’s what I love about this particular part of feminism and spiritual healing. Women find that power and strength within that they never knew they had because society made us feel powerless. Of course, it may be a long time until women rule the world, and equality is first thing in the agenda. I do think that empowered females create a great balance in society, bringing us closer to equality.
    As far as dancing goes, I enjoy it to the fullest because I really get in touch with my body and I allow it to move in it’s own way with nothing else controlling my movement. It is such a fulfilling experience to simply DANCE and feel FREE in our own skin, flowing through the air, becoming one with the Universe. I love it.

    Comment by Ambar P. — May 29, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

  49. Nita’s use of dance is a way for her to channel the love and beauty within herself. She is able to channel her inner goddess. Her spirituality creates inner peace. Feminist spirituality plays a vital role in Nita’s life and the life of women around the world. Feminist spirituality was created as an alternative to monotheistic religions that viewed women as second-class citizens. It is a way for women to work together for empowerment, which is also known as the power-over paradigm. It creates relationships with a feeling of mutual respect as opposed to relationships where women are fighting against each other. Women’s power is commonly seen as something to fear. When a woman loves herself, it causes her to be the target for cruelty. Nita’s ability to get power through dance is incredible. I am inspired by Nita’s ability to translate her inner goddess through dance. She has found her passion and I hope that one day I will be able to be as graceful as she is.

    Comment by GabbyT — May 29, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

  50. I have never heard of tantric dance before but it seems very interesting and i’m glad I learned about this. I like this article because I am a dancer myself and I love to dance and express myself in the dancing. I also do yoga as well. It would be nice to try and combine them like Nita does. i agree with what she says :”The practice brings them in deeper contact with their authentic self through the portal of sexual energy or “the erotic,” concepts distorted by a contemporary hyper-sexual, pornographic culture too often highlighted by domination, power plays and disconnection.” when i dance i feel like i am in touch with my inner self.

    Comment by M.D. — July 18, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

  51. Nita’s practice of dancing I think is a great idea. Many women have different ways of feeling comfortable about their bodies and embracing their inner beauty. If dancing is the way of helping women feel more confident about themselves, then why knock them down on something they believe in. Us as women all look at ourselves differently from how the next person views us and there are many women who are 100% comfortable with themselves, and some who just cannot stand to look at themselves. So, I encourage Nita’s practice because it is positive and it is helping women not to hate themselves and love who they are and what they see.

    Comment by Ashley A — July 22, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

  52. I love to dance. I’ve been dancing since I was two. While this is not at all my style of dance, I appreciate her love for it. That’s what it’s all about… supporting other women and being respectful of their decisions even if you don’t agree with them or see things the way do. I think anything that gives a woman power and makes her feel at ease is something great, even if it only applies to that woman or a small group. I think we all need something we enjoy doing, whether it’s playing a sport, reading books, dancing, etc. It’s great to see new styles of dance, new groups dancing, and the opening of minds.

    Comment by Skye J. — July 24, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

  53. That’s so cool. Many times we look to outside sources to give us peace, direction, pleasure, and countless other things but this shows that we can be the maker of our own energy. I would love to try this someday, it looks very peaceful and powerful.

    Comment by Margarita H. — July 24, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

  54. There are diffrent types of dances in which we can connect creative and spiritual. I’m a dancer myself and i have been dancing since I was seven years old. I’ve never seen dance danced this way it seemed very soothing. It helps relieve stress and take a lot on your mind.

    Comment by EssenceH — July 25, 2013 @ 8:36 am

  55. I understand feminists want to separate themselves from the patriarchal hold of Christian based religions, but why must there be a whole new category. I for one believe that these categories and separation tactics do not help the situation of gaining positive attention, it simply alienates feminists more. I understand it promotes inner peace and finding oneself, but I have an issue with the overall separation and alienation of others. It does not seem to help the cause nor does it provide answers. Why do feminists feel the need to categorize themselves in various unknown territories. It simply makes little sense, though i agree with meditation through dance.

    Comment by Zachary L — December 4, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

  56. I think it is great that Nita Rubio holds these sessions where she encourages women to embrace their identities and love themselves. However, in a world where men are valued more than women, is it possible for women to maintain a sense of faith in themselves as a group? As they dance to align themselves with their “internal compass,” women are able to have a moment of peace and serenity. They are free from the constant images and values thrown at them by sexist media and society. But what happens once the dance is over? Women are forced to reenter society. While the women feel different, the outside world has not changed. Nevertheless, I admire what Rubio is doing, and I hope that the women who follow her develop the strength to keep a positive mindset.

    Comment by Jessica B. — May 15, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

  57. I experienced an interesting reaction to this piece. On first reading, I noticed that I felt emotionally repelled towards the idea of the “Goddess.” It felt kind of weird and I was tempted to suggest, like another reader, a gender neutral God. I see myself as a feminist though so I questioned my reaction to the idea of a female God. After attending one of my classes in Women’s Studies I came to understand myself more. I think that I have been so schooled to see “God” as male, as the more powerful figure, and to see females as less powerful. This is even as intellectually I get so enraged about inequalities associated with gender. Intellectually I understand that women are powerful but through socialization, it is hard to shake what has inherently been engrained in me. I also came to appreciate why we need to have a female figure, a Goddess, and not just a gender neutral God. We need to witness women in power, in the most powerful positions and to therefore “own” our power as women. I didn’t realize how much I needed to connect to my own my feminine power in a deep, conscious spiritual way and not be afraid of it. I think that it is easy in my feminist fight to unconsciously neglect that aspect of myself, in thinking that I have to neutralize myself or become more masculine. I love dance and I can see how important it is to have a physical, emotional, spiritual and mental connection to the concept of the Goddess and feminine power and to find a sense of eroticism that is respectful and empowering for women in a deep and loving way. With the “way” women are sexualized in this society it is easy to shut down that side and sense of oneself in reaction to the overt depictions. It is amazing that Nita Rubio is leading women on this path and that she adds to the deep, spirtual well-being of so many women collectively.

    Comment by Lucy T — May 19, 2014 @ 11:25 am

  58. Sometimes it is hard for me to relate to spirituality let alone religion. I am not sure if that is because I have never been raised in a spiritual household where a parent or prominent adult figure in my life practiced spirituality and used it resources as a means of finding agency in their lives. I have heard from others about its power though and the significance it can have on one’s mindset, self-esteem, health, and overall happiness.
    It was very new and different to watch Nita Rubio dance so freely within herself, her body, and her entire being. I admire those who can so easily let themselves go and let their body take over–removing the mind from thinking about dance and the movements but just going with whatever comes over you. I can see how this type of comfort in oneself can impact the way one looks at life all together and what they ultimately get out of situations.
    As a feminist, reading a comment above that questioned what happens after Nita stops dancing in regards to feminist movement got me thinking about the importance of spirituality and concept of the Goddess. I think that regardless of whether the world is better after the dancing stops, at least one comes away with a richer sense of self and what one can accomplish and the respect and dignity one is worth–that makes all the difference. If the Goddess can help one individual it can help many and that soon can help even more so its significance is still very great.

    Comment by Mary R. — May 21, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

  59. I think this is something different and new for me. After a lecture in my women studies class in which I understood the relationship between religious and spirituality. And I have to say although I was raised to be part of a specific religion, I don’t agree with all the beliefs and they way they interpret the bible. So I do find myself having to take a little bit of each religion to fit my own needs, and I only do that because I do feel sometimes that gender role has a lot to do with it ( and I obviously don’t see myself as they portray women). But seeing Nita move so freely and truly let her self go is very powerful. I have tried something similar in an acting class to help with my nerves and breaking out of my shell and I have to say, to just go along with the flow and move freely without thinking to much into it, is very liberating. I had never heard of tantric dancing, but maybe it’s something new I can look into.

    Comment by Raquel I-V — May 27, 2014 @ 10:48 pm

  60. I had the pleasure of attending one of Nita’s retreats of Tantric Dance of Feminine Power. I had no idea what to expect, yet I had a feeling that it was going to be an influential experience. Goddess spirituality was not new to me; I grew up learning about different deities by my mother. In addition, I’ve attended many shamanic sacred fires that teach indigenous lineage traditions. By the time I arrived to the retreat I was open to explore the possibilities and opportunities of the unknown. Nita created a sacred space for me to further explore my spirituality and connect with the divine female energy. As I watched Nita dance and align herself with her own subtle body energy, I saw grace and beauty that I had never seen before; she was in touch with her body and channeled her energy clearly from womb to heart. Instantly I found myself desiring my own physical connection. It was more difficult than it looked. I struggled with connecting to my own energy, realizing I neglected this part of myself for a long time, and had self-hatred towards my fertility. After I danced, I cried, and released a lot of pain I had trapped within my body. I cleared many blockages that were there and was finally able to connect. I was embraced with endless support from the other women, as we continued to love and nurture one another throughout the process of discovery. Nita sacred space and powerful work created a sisterhood, a bond between all of us. It was incredible to be surrounded by other women as we listened to our own body’s desires and pleasures, while following our womb energies, and discovering our divine authentic power. Something had changed in me. I discovered a part of myself I had never knew and walked away feeling more connected to body than ever before.

    Comment by AngelaC — June 3, 2014 @ 6:05 am

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