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Rose of Rapture

Poetry, Dance, Whirling, Chanting & Trance

with Banafsheh & guest Musicians

April 7 – June 2
(no sessions on May 12 & May 19)

Sundays 11am – 1pm

Corazon Performing Arts, Topanga

Tuition: single session $50 | 7 sessions: $311

Experience your multidimensional self through whirling, sacred dance, trance, mystical poetry, chanting and live drumming practices that induce altered states of consciousness to aid your ascension and the ascension of Mother Earth.

Inside Rose of Rapture

Experience the mystery of the universe in your body and soul and become multi-dimensional, commune with the  Beloved, gain coherence, and unleash your ecstatic self through trance dancing, Rumi’s poetry, whirling and chanting in community with like-hearted people to elevate our world into peace and aid our ascension.

In ancient mystical traditions, the Rose symbolizes the heart. Her beautiful, spiraling petals reveal the infinite journey of the soul awakening to and deepening in love through life, death, rebirth, and model the power of living in peace and harmony with oneself and the Greater.

Sama, the sacred whirling dance that allowed for Rumi’s ecstatic yet lucid poetry to flower from him, is a way to open the Rose of your heart as a portal through which higher guidance and frequencies of the universe can manifest. 

Combined with the ritualistic fervor of wild dancing, the soul-calibrating power of chanting and the heart-opening invocation of Persian poetry, the Rose of your heart becomes the Rose of Rapture

During this 7-week journey, you’ll invoke the sensual intoxication of the Rose of Rapture, experiencing movement and sound as a self-realignment tool for the body and soul that invites the primal reemergence of your inner truth, light, and fragrance. 

Sacred dance and especially whirling and trance-inducing movements awakens the body, heart, and mind into a unified expression of love, beauty, and goodness and you begin to experience yourself as multi-dimensional. This is like a natural psychedelic journey or trance state in the invisible realms as you delve deeply into the unknown terrains of your body, mind, and soul and ascend to higher dimensions amidst our 3D world.

Each session will begin with a recitation of a poem by Rumi. On some days we will have a combination of warm up, ritualistic trance movements, and whirling and chanting (zikr) set to live drumming. On other days, we will journey into the ethereal Persian Dance followed by whirling and chanting. At the end of sessions, we will revisit the poem from an embodied, ecstatic place in ourselves and decipher its meaning as a group.

Highlights of this 7-week dance journey include:

  • Allow the Rose of Rapture to awaken your mind, body, heart, and soul through ecstatic bliss and soulful intoxication 
  • Experience Sama, the sacred dance of whirling that opens like a rose in perpetual movement that reconnects you with the Beloved in the core of your being and accelerates your ascension
  • Experience sacred dance as a powerful tool for creation and manifesting your desires in the physical world and elevating the world
  • Connect with your primal self and true inner longing without fear through wild, ritualistic dancing that welcomes the hidden away parts of yourself to be known
  • Chant in community to create a sacred container for your deepest held desires — and those of the collective
  • Discover the ancient symbolism of the Rose and the transformative power of trance
  • Dive deep into the teachings and poetry of Rumi that illuminate and invoke rapture in the mind and body
  • Experience Sama as a universal symbol of life, death, rebirth, and the cosmic dance of existence, and how you step into being multi-dimensionality and channel love into the world
  • Discover the fascinating parallel between sacred whirling and the nature of the universe — where every living thing, including atoms perpetually spin in a harmonious dance 
  • Experience dance as medicine and ceremony that weaves together the symbolism of the Rose, the power of whirling, and our true essence of love to… help usher in peace for our world

Join us to discover how to harness the energy of the spin to ascend, commune with the
 Beloved and manifest your spiritual and worldly desires through sacred whirling, short choreographies and sequences of Persian Dance, free-style dance, trance-inducing practices, chanting with drumming, the poetry of Rumi, Eastern energy medicine, wisdom teachings, meditation and visualizations in a community of open hearts dedicated to highest good of all. 

I was dead and became alive.
I was tears and became laughter.
Love emerged in me
and I became everlasting fortune.
~ Jalaleddin Rumi

Dance and Movement Style
You will experience the profound movement meditation and sacred dance of whirling; Persian Dance; and trance dance

Feminine Archetypes
You will be initiated into the mysteries of The Divine Feminine. As the hidden soul of the world, she calls us to enter a harmonious relationship with all Her creation. By coming into a loving conscious awareness in your body, you can invite a union between the feminine and the masculine.

Mystical Teachings and Science
We will draw from the gnosis or the experiential knowing of the Sufis and drink from the poetic wellspring of Rumi and other mystics. Explore parallels between these mystical teachings and the new physics. 

Experience the full-on transformation that comes from discovering and releasing deep-seated beliefs that have blocked you from living your full potential. Discover the balm you yearn for to heal the wounded places inside yourself that you carry with you to heal and bless our world.

Through sharing circles, we create an energy field that supports each of us in finding our unique gift. Our own light becomes magnified when shared and merged with like-hearted people. 

Course Audience
This dance journey is intermediate level but open to ALL who love to move. Additionally, this dance journey offers trained dancers, psychotherapists, yoga instructors, creative arts therapists, and other movement practitioners the opportunity to deepen their professional skills. 

This dance journey fulfills 16 hours of the 200-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program. 

Benefits of This Dance Journey

Ground your soul in our body and manifest your dreams

Experience yourself as a channel for light and love in the world

Develop the ability to heal yourself and others

Commune with the immanent and transcendent Beloved

Activate powerful intuition and guidance from your higher self

Cultivate a conscious coherence between your heart, mind and body

How this Dance Journey works

You can attend a single session or all 7 sessions to receive the full benefit of this journey

Pre-registration is required

Address: 125 S Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290

Please find FAQ and Read Health Disclaimer here

What Students Say

How to prepare for this Dance Journey

Please bring water with you to stay hydrated

Bring a yoga mat for stretching

White attire suitable for movement is recommended

Try not to eat a heavy meal before class

Bring socks or dance shoes

Carpool is encouraged

Examples of soft-soled jazz shoes suitable for our dance: Capezio and SoDanca

Enroll Now

Rose of Rapture
Dance Journey

$ 311
  • Seven 2-hour Sessions
  • 7-week Journey
  • Payment plan avialable

Rose of Rapture
Single Session

$ 50
  • One 2-hour Sessions
  • April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 26, & June 2

About Banafsheh

Banafsheh Sayyad is a master Persian sacred dancer, choreographer, activist and founder of Dance of Oneness®. She is a deeply profound and highly accessible spiritual teacher of embodiment. Banafsheh performs and teaches internationally, initiating people into the wisdom of their bodies. She inspires all to live in these modern times grounded in love for the Earth and centered around our abiding true nature. Her signature style of holy wildness infused with ancient wisdom ignites transformation and illumination in all those who dance with her from around the globe. Banafsheh invites the dancer within to remember, reclaim and resource the innate healing intelligence streaming through us and spiraling all around us. Her easeful instruction and welcoming spirit empowers students from all stages of life to feel a true sense of belonging in their bodies and passion in their lives, by integrating wisdom teachings proven throughout the ages.

Azul Puebla


Erin Deo


Dance of Oneness® is the dance I had been waiting to do all my life. From a young age I had danced, read watched and followed Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Joffery Ballet, Margie Gillis, Gabriel Roth and many more than I can name that moved in a way that spoke to me. Dance of Oneness® is the culmination of all that I had been drawn to in the other dance forms which seemed to be missing the main ingredient. Banafsheh has found the missing thread which is the opening to the Beloved, to truly give yourself in movement to the Divine energy that resides and moves through all of us from the Earth and the Heavens. I felt that for the first time in our dancing. It also reintroduced me to my own body, allowed me to accept my imperfections and for the first time in years swim naked in the ocean. All of this and more.

Janet Sawatsky


Transformative! Banafsheh skillfully takes us step by step to an experience of dance that brings me deeper into my body, to peace, feeling grounded and open to beauty and to love. Most importantly for me, the process brought me to experience a lovingness toward myself. I appreciate her presence of gentleness and fierce passion, and I’m inspired to bring my best self into my world.

Mary Regis