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Announcements from the Guidance Panel on behalf of DUP UK

New Dance Leader Training and Development Programme 2017 – 2018

by Jilani Cordelia Prescott and Christina Gulzar Lausevic.

We feel greatly honoured to offer the next opportunity in the UK to embark on a Dance Leader Training and Development programme. We want to first acknowledge Philip Tansen O’Donohoe, who has offered several Dance Leader Trainings in the UK in recent years, and whose support and blessing we are grateful to have.
Gulzar leading a danceIn this article, we want to share our inspiration for offering this programme at this time. We hope that you might pass it on to others whom you know who might be drawn to this path, or who want to deepen in the sacred path of Dance Leading. We also want to address some of the practical concerns people may have around Dance Leading which may be holding them back when their heart is saying “Yes”. Continue reading

Allaudin Ottinger and 2016 Dancing Spirit Camp

Allaudin OttingerLate last year it happened that Allaudin Ottinger was in Turkey guiding a two week Sufi retreat with Mariam Baker just as we were in the process of working to secure a main guest teacher for the 2016 Dancing Spirit Camp here in the United Kingdom. It turns out that Allaudin loves to travel and as a result of a connection that was made while he was in Turkey, Allaudin is now coming to teach in the United Kingdom this year.

In this country we have long been aware of Allaudin’s dances because they are danced so much! He is the originator of many much-loved compositions including rip-roaring classics Ya Basir Wali Allah and Ruh Allah, the sublime Three Part Bismillah, dynamic energizers such as Allah Hayy and Zikr of the Tender Heart, plus perennial favourite among young folks, Fill Your Cup. Continue reading


Important information for all DUPUK members

As with any big changes, it is easy to get confused by the amount of detail as well as overwhelmed by trying to grasp the implications that each specific item brings about. To avoid this the Management Committee has decided to break down the process of change into smaller steps. Continue reading