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The Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Meditations are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration. This taste of our true nature - as Universal Peace - opens the possibility of a deep spiritual revolution within the person. The Dances are practiced in 58 countries around the world.

Susan Slack has been leading the Dances for over 35 years. She was Certified by DUP network co-founder,  Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz over 25 years ago. She is currently mentored by Taznim Fernandez,  also a co-founder of the Dances of Universal Peace Network. Susan has been designated as a Senior Mentor, meaning that she is authorized to teach others the lead the dances working toward Certification if desired.

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First Friday of every month, 7-9 pm

Friends Meeting House

1420 Hill St.

Ann arbor MI 48104

$10 or whatever is good for you


Ann Arbor Dances of Universal Peace 2024

The Dances of Universal Peace is a practice with interactive movement and chanting of sacred phrases from world traditions, taught patiently before each Dance. You are invited to listen and participate in the sound of the sacred phrase, to breathe together while we walk/dance in a circle. Often called moving meditation, musical tai chi or moving kirtan, live musicians will lovingly guide your steps. Moses Meadows is co-leading the Ann Arbor circle, as well as providing auto harp accompaniment. We welcome musicians to join after a practice session.

This ancient and natural tradition has been practiced among most cultures since the beginning of civilizations. There is very little to learn except to relax and enjoy singing and swaying with others. This is less about being good singer or accomplished dancer, and more about joining in the human custom of spiritual community celebration and ceremony. It offers brain health, emotional well being, deep meditation, social interaction and somatic body language awareness.

These Dances are practiced around the globe and under this name, have existed since the 1960s. ( All combined, Dances of Universal Peace provides an opportunity for healing and creation of spiritual light for ourselves and our Universe.

In Ann Arbor we are requesting mask wearing since Covid numbers have gone up somewhat. If you are uncomfortable holding hands in the circle, you are invited to join us and keep your distance. You may stand by the open doors and sing and move along. Everyone please wash your hands or sanitize before we begin. Thank you.

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To contact Susan to arrange for Dancing at your spiritual center or special event email: 

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If you care to learn more about the Dances of Universal Peace, its mission internationally  or to find a circle near you  visit

If you wish to find in depth and scholarly work by one of the founders of the Dance network, Neil Douglas-Klotz, visit

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