CONJURE MOTION FORMAT

MOVEMENT-BASED VOCABULARY THAT FUSES DANCE, YOGA & RITUAL

The Conjure Motion movement language is a series of choreographed moves inspired by the ancient symbolism found in Nature: Fire (intuition), Water (emotion), Air (intellect), Earth (physical). You can use this format to create your own personal practice/rituals, and/or dance it with friends using group improvisational (ITS) concepts.  All experience levels, bodies and genders are welcome. Check our schedule page for upcoming classes & workshops.  Contact us to bring a Conjure Motion workshop to your community.

The archetypal embodied movements found in the Conjure Motion vocabulary were generated organically throughout the creation process based on the life experience and training of creator Tanya Lee and her team.  In an attempt to describe specific inspirations and influences of our fusion movement art we can reference Yoga, Transcultural Fusion Dance (Fusion Belly Dance), Sigil Style Dance, Mixed Martial Arts, Sport Conditioning and EDM subculture.  In addition, the energetic current and informed symbolic language running through the veins of this format trace back to ancient systems of Astrology, Tarot, Qabalah, and Ceremonial Magick.

“It feels like a dance because of the choreographed movements and emotional expression, but it also feels like yoga or martial arts with attention to alignment, mental focus, and subtle energy awareness.”⁠

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*Yoga: influences from Ashtanga, Hatha, Kest Power Yoga, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Critical Alignment Therapy. 

*Sigil Style Dance: a format by Amy Sigil that fuses Hula, Street Hip Hop and Belly Dance (Raqs Sharqi). 

*Mixed Martial Arts: influences from Kenpo Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jujitsu

*Transcultural Fusion Dance: A term that has developed from the influence of dance scholar Donna Mejia (coined the term Transnational) as a factual and non-politicized descriptor for the type of dancing in the fusion belly dance world in hopes of encapsulating the many interpretive variations and styles.  Conjure Motion has influences/inspirations specifically from source culture teachers originating from North Africa, Iraq, Egypt, and Hawaii. The specific origins for each unique movement in our vocabulary are detailed in our manual. 

 

"Any magical or spiritual system is the product of a lively dance in which tradition and innovation take the lead by turns. "

Occult Scholar, John Michael Greer

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We acknowledge the land on which we work from, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, with the traditional Blackfoot name of “Moh’kins’tsis”, which we now know as the City of Calgary. This is the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations).  Other Nations who are a part of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta also call this place home, which includes the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations).  This territory is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations, Indigenous and non, who live, work and play, as well as help steward this land, honour and celebrate this territory.
Sourced: Awotaan & City of Calgary

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We acknowledge the land on which we work from, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, with the traditional Blackfoot name of “Moh’kins’tsis”, which we now know as the City of Calgary. This is the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations).  Other Nations who are a part of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta also call this place home, which includes the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations).  This territory is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations, Indigenous and non, who live, work and play, as well as help steward this land, honour and celebrate this territory.
Sourced: Awotaan & City of Calgary