Upstate Dance Meetings

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NOTE:  Monthly meetings in the Upstate are currently suspended due to Covid 19. 

From the beginning of time sacred movement, song, and story have brought people together to celebrate the changes of seasons, life passages, and life itself.  The Dances of Universal Peace are a part of this timeless tradition of Sacred Dance.  The Dances were originated by Sufi teacher, Samuel L. Lewis (1896-1971) and use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from many of the earth's traditions to promote peace and harmony within individuals and groups.  There are no performers or audience in the Dances; new arrivals and experienced dancers form the circle together.

Dances are offered from a variety of the world’s spiritual traditions, led by Upstate Dance Leaders, Amina Linda McMakin, Dove Pettit, and Noorunnissa Nancy Schlessel.

Bring a friend! All are welcome! No prior experience needed; all dances are taught in the moment. $5 suggested donation covers rental of the space. For more info, contact Nancy Noor at

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SAM in motion

Murshid Samuel L. Lewis
Originator of the Dances of Universal Peace