By: Bridget Belgrave and Gina Lawrie
In English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Spanish, Norwegian
About the Dance Floors:
The NVC Dance Floors are spatial maps made up of large cards that place NVC processes on the floor in various layouts called ‘dances’. Each card represents a step in a dance of communication. These steps can be used in any sequence to support authentic, flowing, conscious communication.
People learning NVC walk through the steps, often with coaching from a trainer, or support from people in their practice group.
There are nine ‘dances’, each designed to develop awareness and skills in a particular area of NVC. Four are ‘Inner-Outer Dances’ for role-playing a dialogue. Five are ‘Inner Dances’ for transformational inner processes.
The ‘Inner-Outer Dances’ support stages people go through in learning and practising NVC. They are called: Stage 1: 13 Steps, Stage 2: Integration and Connection, Stage 3: Fluency. ‘Stage 1’ is also made as the ‘Connect with Respect’ Dance for use with younger people. This has the same layout as the 13 Step Dance, with different wording on the cards.
The Inner Dances support: experiencing deep connection with life, and with resourceful creativity, through self-empathy (The Self Empathy Dance); transforming anger, guilt, shame and depression (The Anger Dance); achieving inner peace in relation to something we regret having said or done (The Educator/Chooser Dance); making decisions when we are torn about which option to choose (The Yes/No Dance); transforming deep pain into clarity, compassion and empowerment (The ‘Transforming the Pain of Unmet Needs to the Beauty of Needs’ Dance)
(from NVC Dance Floors website)
The Dance Floors family of materials comprises:
- Handbook for facilitators
- 13 Steps Dance Cards
- Integration and Connection Dance Cards
- Fluency Dance Cards
- Self Empathy Dance Cards
- Anger Dance Cards
- Educator/Chooser Dance Cards
- Yes/No Dance Cards
- Jackal Language Cards
- Transforming the Pain Dance
- Connect with Respect – for younger people*
And are available form purchase in 3 formats:
- Acrobat pdf files
*Note: there is a multi media prject package by the same name – Connect With Respect
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