History & Context

We would like to acknowledge that Earthdance rests on the ancestral land of the the Agawams, Pocumtuc, Nipmuck, Wabanaki Confederacy, and the Mohican Indians ~ People of the waters that are never still ~ specifically, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band, who were removed Westward and many of whom now live on a reservation in Wisconsin. Find out more about the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band here.
It is important that we recognize our place within the ongoing process of colonialism and also that we appreciate this sacred land, spaces, and energies present here.

Earthdance began in 1986, when a group of dancers and artists in Boston joined together to cultivate a place for creative expression.

Purchasing 175 acres of land in the glorious Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts, they planted the seeds of community. Today, Earthdance is an internationally recognized presenter of workshops, contact improvisation jams, performances, and community events, drawing thousands of people to the area each year. People cherish Earthdance as a home, and our volunteer program draws creative individuals from all over the world who are interested in contributing to community, dance, art, and the running of a vibrant nonprofit organization.

For more on Earthdance history, visit the Articles Section.