Exciting announcement… Aubrey and Bruce, the founders + facilitators of LAC, are getting married! People have inquired about how to show their support and care for the newlyweds. As the LAC is in process of looking for land for a longtime home for events and retreats, Contributions/Sustainerships to the LAC are requested. Click here to contribute (more info on longterm vision coming soon). Thank you!

Event Updates: Please note there will be no dances at LAC on 10/8 or 10/22 as we’ll be dancing at Shakori, and getting married! **see more below**

**Special Events**


  • Afro-Cuban Shekere & Dance Workshops with Vladimir Espinosa & Bradley Simmons @ LAC (Sunday September 24th)
  • Living Arts Dancewave + HIDA imporv performance + Community Drumming @ Hillsborough River Park (Friday September 29th)
  • Set You Free – Electronic Music, Art & Wellness Retreat @ Lakeside Retreats (Saturday September 30th – RED offering, Sunday October 1st – LAC offering)
  • Raspberry Community Jam @ Soil & Sky Fest (Saturday September 23rd)


  • Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival (Thursday October 5th – Sunday October 8th)
  • Living Arts Dancewave + Community Drumming @ Hillsborough River Park (Friday October 27th)
  • Death Faire ~ Opening Ceremony by LAC & auburn roze (Saturday Nov 5th, @ The Plant Pittsboro, NC). Stay tuned for more info in the next newsletter!

Ongoing Gatherings:

  • Living Arts Dancewave @ LAC (Every Sunday)
  • LAC Heart Medicine Song Circle @ LAC (First Sunday of the Month)
Read more about each event below… 

Afro-Cuban Shekere & Dance Workshops
with Vladimir Espinosa & Bradley Simmons!

Sunday Sep 24th 3:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Living Arts Collective, 410 West Geer Street, Durham, NC

Shekere workshop with master percussionist Baba Bradley Simmons from 3:30 – 4:30
and Afro-Cuban dance with Vladimir Espinosa from 4:45 – 6:15.

General Admission: $20 per participant per class or
$30 for both classes

These classes are for all levels and ages.

Purchase your tix online here!

Living Arts Dancewave + Drumming @ Hillsborough River Park

Fri Sep 29th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
River Park, 228 S Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278, USA

Drum | Dance | Paint & Play | Connection in Nature | All Ages | Family Friendly

  • Plant Walk with Root 2 Rise Wellness 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • LAC Community Drumming 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Improvisation Performance with HIDA* 7:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Living Arts Dancewave 7:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Family ART Area
  • Food by Vegan Flava Cafe

*HIDA (Hillsborough Independent Dance Artists) @hidadance on Instagram

Please Note – We have a goal for this event to be FREE to the public to encourage accessibility for all. Please donate to the artists fund here if you are able. Thank you!

What to bring? A drum, a chair, and a friend.

In collaboration with Hillsborough Arts Council and Drumming for Wellness NC!

Tickets available at:

All ages are welcome, especially elders and children. Whatever your experience or comfort level is with dancing, drumming and art, this is your opportunity to move, dance, be in nature, relax and create as you wish within an intergenerational community space.

We have a goal for this event to be free to the public to encourage accessibility for all. Please donate to the artist fund here if you are able. Thank you for your support!

Living Arts Dancewave –  Susu Hauser Photography

Set You Free – Electronic Music, Art & Wellness Retreat

Friday Sep 29th – Mon Oct 2nd
Lakeside Retreats 4125 Mial Plantation Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610

Raleigh’s FIRST electronic dance music, art & wellness camping Retreat. This extraordinary experience will transport you to a realm where these elements intertwine with nature in perfect harmony, bringing together artists locally, regionally, and from across the globe! It will be a weekend full of wellness, music, and dance and a wonderful opportunity for community gathering and care.

Raleigh Ecstatic Dance will welcome us into the day on Saturday with clay body adornment and get the energy going with a DJ set by Snarz.

Living Arts Collective will then melt us into a Living Arts Dancewave on Sunday starting with a live multi-instrumental sound journey and gently guided movement experience by XY//PHLØ and aubrü røze.

The following code will give $25 off of a 3 day pass, premium pass, or premium lakeside camping add on: DANCE3DAY”

Purchase your tix here!

Raspberry Community Jam at Soil & Sky Fest

Saturday Sep 23rd, noon – midnight
Benzai Bloomstead, 2001 E Greensboro Chapel Hill Rd, Graham, NC 27253

A music and arts festival in rural Saxapahaw, North Carolina HEADLINED BY THE COLLECTION, PLUS Raspberry Jam will facilitate a community music opportunity. Music, dancing, local food and beer, non-alcoholic tiki bar sky gazing, and more.

Get your tix here!

Living Arts Collective is at Shakori Hills!

Thursday Oct 5th – Sunday Oct 8th
Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road Pittsboro, NC 27312

We are dancing, making music, and sharing Contact Improvisation.
Come on out to the beautiful hills of Shakori!

Double Dutch and Rhythm – Friday, Dance Tent 10:30 am
Living Arts Kids Dance & Play – Saturday, Dance Tent 11:11 am
Living Arts Dancewave + Grand Shores – Saturday, Dance Tent 12:00 pm
Living Arts Contact Improvisation – Sunday, Dance Tent 10:00 am
Living Arts Tea Tent – You’re welcome to find a respite here and sip some tea in community and rest. Open throughout the festival in the Healing Arts area! (bring your own mug, get a hug 🙂

Learn more here + get your ticket / volunteer

Living Arts Dancewave – Every Sunday @LAC

Living Arts Dancewave – Every Sunday @LAC
Living Arts Dancewaves strive to create an inclusive space for people to move freely and express themselves creatively. Participants may experience the euphoria of music, rhythm, and connection with themselves, others, and their environment.

Over the course of 90 minutes, live and/ or curated music is woven together in a wave format- supporting your arrival and embodiment process by starting slow, building to a peak, and then returning to silence.
11:11am Practice Space
11:33am Opening Circle
1:11pm Closing Harvest Circle followed by Restoration of the Space
Location: Living Arts Collective –  410 West Geer St Durham, NC

9/3 – aubrü
9/10 – Rachel Gray
9/17 – Matthew Young
9/24 – Laura Aliberti


Please consider sustaining this movement by becoming an LAC Sustainer with a monthly contribution amount of your choice. Your presence and support is treasured, and makes all the difference.

LAC Heart Medicine Song Circle

Sun Sep 3rd 10:10am – 11:15am
Arrival 10am, Opening 10:10am, Closing 11:11am
When? Monthly on the First Sundays

Location: Living Arts Collective – 410 West Geer street, Durham
Support: Give whatever amount feels true for you or come early and help set up the space.

You’re invited to come together to sing as we honor this sacred life we are blessed to share.

You’re invited to bring a song to share and that we can sing together. *Instruments optional.

You’re also welcome to come in silence, bask in the beauty, stretch and prepare for the Living Arts Dancewave to follow…

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