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The Mindful Dancer

Blog by Lillie Cintron

My Story

January 15, 2017

Lillie is a Spiritual Teacher, Healer and Coach with a passion for dance and self-expression. She strongly believes in the healing power of movement and dance and has created venues for her clients to heal and liberate their spirits through dancing, performance and coaching sessions. She also provides corporate dance programs for team building and stress management.

Her dance background began at age 3 with Ballet and Flamenco then later in her teen years she feel in love with Ballroom & Latin Dance and later learned Jazz, Modern, Folk and Hip Hop.

She's being dancing on stage since age 5 and began choreographing at 15 for her HS talent shows.

However, instead of pursuing a dance career, she chose a more "practical" business career path as an accountant and business consultant for 20 years.

In 2000, she left her corporate career to begin her spiritual coaching practice helping people undergo their business and life transitions. She has been a spiritual teacher and inspirational speaker since then while continuing with her business consulting services.

In September 2009, she relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida following her lifelong dream of living in the mainland and to travel around the nation exploring new landscapes. She only packed two suitcases, a one-way ticket and an open heart ready to start all over again.

It was a tough transition through the difficult times of the global depression, which at 46, led her to take a deep look at her life, reinvent herself and rediscover her passion for dance through the most unconventional divine orchestration...

The Dance found her again...

In 2010, while teaching a class based on the book "Finding Yourself in Transition," she felt the desire to raise her teaching style to another level. She wanted to find a method that would be more experiential rather than theoretical for people to experience true deep healing while dealing with their life transitions. Times were so tough then and people were having such difficulty in their lives: loosing jobs, homes, relationships, everything, that it seemed unbearable to sustain the level of stress they had. She wanted to create a way for people to release, heal and let go while feeling uplifted and having fun.

That inner longing brought her to a meditation gathering. The group was led into meditation with live drum sounds and rhythms. Deep in trance, she saw herself dancing and that totally took her by surprise since she hadn't danced in almost 30 years. As the drum beats kept increasing in intensity, she felt like standing up and moving to the rhythms. She could no longer sit still.

Overcoming her concerns of "I shouldn't do this, I'm supposed to be still...meditating!" she got up and danced. She could not believe what was going on, since meditation is supposed to be done sitting still and here she was moving and dancing with complete abandon. She danced steps that she had never learned before and felt she was being led by a powerful force inside of her. She had done her first trance dance, with no idea of what had just happened. Unbeknownst to her, she had just been shown her life purpose: trance dance healing. She finally got her answer, yet she had no idea what will become next.

Being a formally trained dancer, she had never heard of anything like what she had just experienced and no one could explain to her either what was going on. So she had to find out what it was. The intuitive insights kept coming after that night. She was given information on where to look and research until she learned what trance dance was. She was so fascinated about her findings that she kept researching and studying everything she could find about trance dance, Zen practices, shamanic healing and the therapeutic benefits of movement.

She began practicing shamanic trance dance for her own healing and introduced it to her friends. She also began taking courses on different dance healing modalities. Through her own inner dance journey she achieved heart opening transformations, healed emotions and noticed deep changes in herself and her own view of life.

She wanted to provide these benefits to others, since there was no other spiritual dance venue in the area at that time.

Word spread around as she pioneered the spiritual dance movement in St. Pete and surrounding areas. She was invited to do demos of blindfolded trance dance as well as perform sacred dances at local churches, festivals and spiritual events.

At Unity of St. Petersburg she got a chance to perform a solo worship dance to live music, not choreographed and without a prior rehearsal with the band. She had to face her fears of being "out of shape and too old to be on stage" and do something she had never done before: trust the divine to lead her dance.

That experience and the audience's response was heart opening, liberating and still beyond words for her to explain. This was her "a-ha!" moment where she knew that this is what she was meant to do and teach others.

While in the process of creating a dance workshop, she received a strong insight about developing a transitions program. She was standing in the hallway at Unity of St. Petersburg and little did she knew that her intended dance class will divinely unfold into a healing program to help people navigate through their life transitions.

That same year she created Dances of Spirit™, a trance dance practice that opens participants to an inspiring and blissful state of well being. This program was designed to shift old paradigms and release emotional memories at the cellular level. The dance leads participants through a cathartic path that unleashes their most powerful self.

On August 2011, she facilitated her first workshop and since then, she has humbly witnessed how people get over their fears, move out of their comfort zones, heal long-standing emotions and unhealthy belief patterns and leap into more creative, fulfilling and joyful lives.

In her own words: "The dance doesn't change what we're going through, it changes us and how we go through our life experiences. When we touch the divine, we can't help but shift our perspective of life. It heals that which is holding us back, our own misconceptions, thought patterns and fears. As we dance, we know that our divine spirit is healing us while leading us into our unique life dance. It sheds what no longer serves us and liberates an authentic version of our selves. The dance defines us, moving us into a new life with purpose."

For Lillie, Dances of Spirit™ became her own journey of self-discovery and personal growth. In developing her own practice as trance dance healer, she has also healed her own relationship with God.

As a healing practitioner, she has a hybrid blend of talents and intuition that make up her holistic approach for life and business transformations and complement her dance healing services.

As a Spiritual Teacher and Coach, she advises individuals on how to handle their personal transitions, restructure and organize their lives while supporting them in their spiritual growth.

As a Business Consultant, she combines her business background with spiritual awareness to inspire entrepreneurs as they shift their operations into holistic and prosperous enterprises. She is a firm believer that conscious and transparent business practices are the key to a better economy. She has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and a Master's degree in Marketing.

Her two wonderful sons, Pedro Daniel and Pedro Juan (married to Nikki), have been her greatest inspiration to keep going, searching and growing. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she now lives in Florida and enjoys traveling to new locations around the nation.

What you need to know

February 14, 2017

If you're a first timer, you will be introduced & supported through the process until you're comfortable to be on your own. For more details, please contact Lillie at 727-365-3161.

This not a social or networking gathering. You are here to go within, heal and be in the Presence and find yourself. We provide the sacred space for that. There's no conversations in the sanctuary or during the dance.

There is no structure and no steps to learn. No dancing skills or experience is necessary.

Blindfolds are provided (optional for beginners) to help you focus your attention within and to go deeper into the trance.

Once we begin, the doors are locked to honor the sacred space, so please arrive on time to get centered, relaxed and ready.

Wear comfortable clothing and don't forget to bring your water bottle.

This is an alcohol, drug and smoke-free environment.

Meet Up Group: Trance Zen Dance St. Pete

Like our Facebook page: Dances of Spirit

Check us out on: Conscious Dancer Magazine

Check out page 63 on the above link to see our profile and enjoy the magazine!

For more information,

call Lillie Cintrón 727-365-3161

The Mystic Life Dance

August 28, 2011

Our dance is a spiritual practice of mysticism and devotion through movement. Based on ancient tribal dance techniques, we facilitate a sacred space for you to be in the Presence of Spirit to heal, grow and expand on your spiritual path.

As we dance we release the emotions that keep us from feeling the Divine Presence within

and as we go deeper within, whatever needs to heal will be healed. We pray, we let go, we surrender and we soar. We learn to trust our intuition to lead us in the dance while quieting the mind. We celebrate the joy of being alive.

Now more than ever our spirits need to dance, to find the peace within and the strength to flow through the times that we are living.

If you want to go into deeper levels of your soul and express yourself freely, this is the place to be. Lillie's intuitive mix of exotic and tribal sounds will transport you to the core of your being through an inner exploration that will open your heart, awaken your passions and uplift your spirit.

We look forward to meeting you and celebrate with you on our mystic dance. 

No Mud, No Lotus

November 19, 2017

If you're going through any kind of transition, whether desired or not, you probably find yourself alone and confused. There's no order and you find yourself with no idea of what to do or where to start to organize. Life is all about change and transitions and confusion is a major part of the process. Through all my years of experience managing transitions in businesses and personal lives, including my own, I've learned that chaos and confusion is an essential part of any kind of transition with the sole intent to open our eyes and bring awareness to ourselves and where we are sabotaging our lives. There's no doubt in my mind that the purpose of each and every transition we go through is about our own spiritual growth more than the issue itself. Whether a divorce, new relationship, getting married, relocating, job loss, new job or changing career path, business development or start-up, etc. all of them present the opportunity to chose whether we want to take over our lives or surrender to our spirit. Transitions are a chance to find ourselves and heal our relationship with the divine. The transition process leads you through that path where you learn to flow along with the divine to unfold your life purpose. It is our chance to shift and uplift our consciousness to deliver us to a higher ground where our dreams and desires are fulfilled exponentially. Like the lotus flower you must go through the mud to rise above it and become all that you're meant to be. 

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I praise the dance ~ poem by St Augustine

October 21, 2017


I praise the dance,

for it frees people from the heaviness of matter

and binds the isolated to community.

I praise the dance, which demands everything:

health and a clear spirit and a buoyant soul.

Dance is a transformation of space, of time, of people,

who are in constant danger of becoming all brain,

will, or feeling.

Dancing demands a whole person,

one who is firmly anchored in the center of his life,

who is not obsessed by lust for people and things

and the demon of isolation in his own ego.

Dancing demands a freed person,

one who vibrates with the equipoise of all his powers.

I praise the dance.

O man, learn to dance,

or else the angels in heaven will not know

what to do with you.

– Saint Augustine

The Mystic Dance Experience

October 21, 2017


Our dance is a spiritual practice of mysticism and devotion through movement. Based on ancient tribal dance techniques, we facilitate a sacred space for you to be in the Presence of Spirit to heal, grow and expand on your spiritual path.

As we dance we release the emotions that keep us from feeling the Divine Presence within

and as we go deeper within, whatever needs to heal will be healed. We pray, we let go, we surrender and we soar. We learn to trust our intuition to lead us in the dance while quieting the mind. We celebrate the joy of being alive.

Now more than ever our spirits need to dance, to find the peace within and the strength to flow through the times that we are living.

If you want to go into deeper levels of your soul and express yourself freely, this is the place to be. Lillie's intuitive mix of exotic and tribal sounds will transport you to the core of your being through an inner exploration that will open your heart, awaken your passions and uplift your spirit.

We look forward to meeting you and celebrate with you on our mystic dance.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

If you're a first timer, you will be introduced & supported through the process until you're comfortable to be on your own. For more details, please contact Lillie at 727-365-3161.

This not a social or networking gathering. You are here to go within, heal and be in the Presence and find yourself. We provide the sacred space for that. There's no conversations in the sanctuary or during the dance.

There is no structure and no steps to learn. No dancing skills or experience is necessary.

Blindfolds are provided (optional for beginners) to help you focus your attention within and to go deeper into the trance.

Once we begin, the doors are locked to honor the sacred space, so please arrive on time to get centered, relaxed and ready.

Wear comfortable clothing and don't forget to bring your water bottle.

This is an alcohol, drug and smoke-free environment.

Meet Up Group: Trance Zen Dance St. Pete

Like our Facebook page: Dances of Spirit

Check us out on: Conscious Dancer Magazine

Check out page 63 on the above link to see our profile and enjoy the magazine!

For more information,

call Lillie Cintrón 727-365-3161

The Rat Race Epidemic

March 15, 2017

We keep walking through our life paths without concerns as to where we're going. The rat race lifestyle is only getting us deeper into confusion and chaos. Instead, life is meant to be like a dance, flowing through a path of mysticism and joyful self-expression.

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Worship Dance Ministries Program

February 14, 2017


"Awesome morning at Unity of St.Petersburg. Beautiful quartet number by The Fillmores Band. Another great Bible based message from Rev. Fred. Soloist Wendy Berlanti and Lillie Cintron had the congregation dancing in the aisles! How sweet is that?!" ~Larry McElveen


"Great service this morning at Unity of St. Pete. You're never quite sure what to expect which makes each service a wonderful surprise. Wendy blew us away with two wonderful songs, and she was backed up by the Dances of Spirit group led by Lillie with there graceful movements. We are so blessed!"


The Dance Ministries Program is specifically designed to develop church dance ministries. Worship dance is not a performance, it is a calling to minister through movement and dance. Individuals may participate in the training for their own spiritual growth without participating in the worship service.

This page is just a brief description of what a dance ministry is and if you feel drawn to it, please call me and I'll be happy to explain more to you. There's a blissful sense of fulfillment when we serve a higher purpose and we surrender our hearts and souls to it. Join us and you will know what I'm talking about. You will be transformed. ~Lillie


DANCE AS WORSHIP

"There is something that happens in the spirit realm when we dance, for dance is a powerful way to get into the Presence of God. The passion of God that is hidden in the recesses of our souls bursts forth and blesses the onlookers in a language that transcends words. The dancers' movements with sincere expression and a pure heart have the potential to touch the heart of God, the dancer and all those who are watching."

THE MISSION OF DANCE MINISTRIES

"A dance ministry is a group of dancers who minister dance in a church or public place with the intent of leading people into the Presence of God. The main focus is to direct the congregation to God and to encourage them to enter into worship."

The Dance Ministry Program provides training to the dancers so they can learn and fully understand this mission and their purpose of being in service to God through their movement.

It is designed to bring those who join the dance ministry into deeper communion with God and their divine essence first. As they develop in this process they are able to step up in front of the congregation in full service to this mission and thus supporting the ministers, musicians and singers.

This is a deeply spiritual experience for those who feel called to do it. Dance skills and experience are not required, the calling is. It requires commitment, discipline, an open heart and mind as well as the willingness to surrender and be guided through the training.

"Dance began in history as a religious expression. From the beginning of recorded history, music and dance have been an intricate part of worship. The earliest recorded dances in secular history were actually performed in ancient tribal cultures and later by priests in religious ceremonies and rituals. In the churches today, the dance may be a new experience to some, but in King David's time, it was an integral part of the service. It is only natural that sooner or later worship would return to its origin."

THE CALLING

While I was developing the trance dance healing program the idea of a worship dance ministry has been dancing in my mind and the calling has been there ever since. I've been studying and researching on the topic, while also doing worship dances myself. Now, almost six years later I felt the calling stronger than ever to finally launch the Dance Ministry Program.

There is now an ongoing movement towards the "restoration of the church", where dance becomes, once again, an essential part of the worship service. The time has come to bring together those dancers, ministers, musicians, singers and the churches that will be involved in this transition into the revival of worship through dance, as it has been described in the scriptures.

"Let them praise His name in the dance..." ~Psalm 149:3

"Praise the Lord that He has turned our mourning into dancing!" ~Psalm 30:11

If this resonates with you, by all means, please contact me, wherever you are. You are being called to be part of this movement and I'll be glad to answer your questions and provide more information.

SOURCES:

Dance as the spirit moves - Heather Clark

Dancing into the Anointing - Aimee Verduzco Kovacs, Ph.D.

Guidelines to Starting a Church Dance Ministry - Dr. Denita Hedgeman

Edited by: Lillie Cintrón, Dance Healing Facilitator & Creator of Dances of Spirit™ 

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"I dance not to look pretty or to perfect a series of steps,

but to surrender myself to the spirit of the movement." ~ Rumi

Zen Dance

Coming Back Fall 2016

Free-Form Dancing

Uplifting Music

Sacred Space

Safe Environment

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Come as you are and dance as you feel in sacred communion with the divine where dancing skills and experience are not required. Trust your inner rhythm to move you in your own unique and awesome way in a space where there are no rules, no conversations and no steps to learn.

Take a break from your structured life and let your soul be free while feeling the high ecstatic energy all around you.

Express your self like nobody's watching surrounded by a joyful, loving, like-minded community that will make you feel at home.

For those who haven't tried it yet, this is the perfect chance to join us, meet us and enjoy this liberating experience. Learn how Zen Movement resonates with who you are and how this practice can heal and improve your life.

Please be there ahead of time to register & get acquainted with the space and to have enough time to get centered, relaxed and ready. We practice our movement in silence so there will be no chance to answer questions during the dance. Once we begin, doors are locked to honor the sacred space.

This is an alcohol, drug, smoke and networking-free environment.

Wear comfortable clothing and don't forget to bring your water.

Our Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

Our Latest Blog Entry

March 15, 2017

Personal Services

Lillie is a business and life consultant strategist. She specializes in troubleshooting, structuring and organizing personal lives and businesses. With over 20 years' experience she provides practical solutions as well as the action plan to make things happen. Her mission is to support people through their business and life changes in a holistic way that integrates who they are with what they do and what they want to accomplish in life.

Her sessions address a shifting perspective of your current situation where she identifies the purpose and lessons behind it, the blockages that are holding you back, together with your venue of opportunities and the know how to get you where you're meant to be. She then provides innovative ideas, solutions and the strategies that will support your goals and head you in the right direction.

If you've been wondering about your life, relationship, career or business, facing challenges or going through tough transitions come on over for a realignment and see how your life turns around. From the first session, you will feel inspired and confident with a clear sense of what to do to move forward.

You will receive guidance into the changes that will lead your life towards order and prosperity. Insights are provided to guide you through life-altering transitions such as divorce, career changes, relocation, new relationship, starting, improving and managing a business, etc.

Whatever your circumstances, there's always an answer and Higher solution. Lillie will help you put it together and head you into the path that will move you forward to where your life becomes a happy dance with a purpose. Invest in your dreams and give yourself the gift of creating your future.

Organizing Your Goals.

Making them Happen.