About the Dances

Murshid Sam Lewis

From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together – at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part of everyday life and life passages, in daily renewal and meditation. The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition of sacred movement, song and story.

The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and recognize it in others. Building on the work begun by Samuel L. Lewis in the 1960s, they promote peace and integration within individuals and understanding and connection within groups worldwide. There are no performers nor audience: new arrivals and old hands form the circle as everyone sings and dances together.


“There can be no peace in the world
… until there is peace in every heart.”

Murshid Samuel Lewis


You can find our calendar here, and any changes
will be announced on our News page.

For more information please contact:

Qahira Jo Oppenheimer
by using the contact form, else call
(416) 406-6228 ext. 460

or visit the
International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace
website: www.dancesofuniversalpeace.org


dance circle

About The Toronto Dance Circle

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, at the:

Metropolitan Community Church (directions)
115 Simpson Avenue
(near Broadview and Gerrard)

Suggested donation of $5 – students and seniors $3

No prior experience is necessary to join the circle, only a desire to experience with an open heart.