Ecstatic (Space)Team



My wife Lale Freie and myself are the founders of Ecstatic Dance Utrecht. For me, Ecstatic Dance is a community place where we share our dance without knowing the other through words. In the dance we have a direct access to all aspects of life. I work as a Manager and a Ceremonial leader at Ecstatic Dance.

My background is Chinese Medicine and Shamanism. My specialities are Chinese Herbs, acupuncture and massage. I’ve been having a practice for 14 years in Utrecht. I am a musician, I write songs and I have the capacity to free groups of people who feel blocked by life.



I have been learning and working in the field of theatre, dance and personal development for the last 25 years. The accumulated life lessons enable me to lovingly peel away our layers of defense, through movement (dance), inquiry, sharp observation and trusting my strong spirit. Together with my husband Marcoleón Baas I’m on a devoted path of healing. This through organizing Festivals, creating and giving workshops on dance, masks, body release, partner training, inquiry (Almaas) and so much more.

Our Ecstatic Dance in Utrecht is one of those beautiful means that enhance the quality of life. We dance for joy, for physical and mental rehabilitation, for authentic communication and for celebrating being together. During the Ecstatic evenings in Utrecht you can see me everywhere and as a floormanager or Ceremony Leader.


getfileattachmentEcstatic Dance has become an indispensable part of my life. With the blessings and trust of Marcoléon and Lâle I created Ecstatic Dance Kids in 2015, a wonderful journey to take on and to let go again. It was a blast! As a team member you will find me at the cash desk, behind the bar, of course on the dance floor and occasionally as ceremony leader or floor manager.

I work in the broadcasting industry as a freelance graphics designer and editor. Besides that I love to give powerful and transforming healing sessions. I was trained in a.o. Usui Reiki, Reconnective Healing, Kundalini Healing (Full Body Orgasm) and Quantum Touch. Together with Ecstatic colleague and dear friend George I founded Soul Sounding: extensive and deeply healing shamanic journeys through breath, sound and movement. My true passion is singing and writing songs. I’m working on various projects to let my singing voice be heard. en


image1Dancing is delicious! That was my (re)discovery. Ecstatic Dance to me is a gift to myself and the people I meet on the dancefloor. A space to freely feel how my body wants to move and the invitation to make deep connection inward and outward. The absence of a dictated form is a wonderful complement to the very much controlled movement in T’ai Chi. If you meet me in a dance you will mostly find playfulness and happiness, but you might also find heavyness or fire.

I’ve been practicing T’ai Chi Ch’uan since 2003 and nowadays I teach classes with great joy at location Westerkade, Utrecht. This beautiful art is a firmly grounded form of embodied spirituality, a growing sensitivity and firmness over the years. Pushing hands is an essential exercise that I really enjoy and which teaches me where I can relax even more within my structure.


iraas_profielMovement was always an integrated part of my life and dance, music and theatre are my great passions. I run my own theatre group (mime) and I’m one of the founders of Ecstatic Dance Den Haag. Sometimes I also let people dance when I’m behind a dj booth, just for fun.

I’ve been working as an Industrial Designer for many years and created a lot of beautiful (and not so beautiful) things, but recently I’ve become more and more interested in social and spiritual matters, so I switched my career to organising events in which participation, connection and sustainability are the main subjects. Making the world a better place and making people happy on many levels gives me joy and fulfilment. So now I’m very excited and grateful to be one of the team members in Utrecht!


fb_img_1478117913775I’m a musician: a kora player, as well as (opera) singer, flute player and N’goni player. My roots lay in the East European Folk music and I gained experience in flamenco, voice expression, improvised music and lately also opera. Originally I studied Educational Science and Technology which I’m combining with my ongoing spiritual researches and experiences. Life took me on the path of music, where my hart truly lies. In general I love to develop and expand my horizons. My mission in life is to help people release emotions by means of music.

Ecstatic Dance is truly a blessing for me. I love to express myself also trough movement and dance. It has helped and developed me in many ways. I’m grateful to be a team member of Ecstatic Dance Den Haag as well as Utrecht. I feel at home with Ecstatic Dance and the team and I’m looking forward to be a part in facilitating many wonderful dance experiences


Authentic Relating

I have always been a dance and music lover and look at Ecstatic dance as the dancing counterpart of my core business Authentic Relating. I guide people to open up for authentic connection by sharing their truth in connection with each other. Both Ecstatic dance and Authentic Relating are about finding your own authentic movement, making contact with others while staying in connection with yourself. While not always easy, it’s a good practice and metaphor for the way you move through life.

The care and devotion with which Marcoleon, Lale and the team create this, really makes for a safe and healing space in which you can experience authentic connection and experiment with new ways of expressing yourself

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While living in different eco communities around the world I have experienced the power of dancing collectively like never before. It was in community that I realized dance is not just a medium for personal tension release and gaining new energy, but also a strong connective practice for community building. It is through collective dancing that we can get to know each other not through the rational mind but through the intuitive body and all its sensations. I personally had my first ecstatic dance-like experience in New Zealand in 2015, in a locally organized practice called ‘free dance’. Caught by the joy of collectively and yet individually dancing exactly as you are, I took the principles of this ‘free dance’ with me and organized many contact improvisations, pre-breakfast dance sessions and meditative dances in the various communities I lived in. 
As I have a professional background in cultural anthropology with a specialization in sustainability, the themes of daily life in communal living were often quite serious and at times heavy. Caught up in the daily routine of life we seem to forget the importance of celebration, and to me dancing together is the ultimate medium of doing so! At Ecstatic Dance Utrecht I feel that every night is guided with so much dedication, love and perfect intuition, which makes it a very safe place to express yourself as you are and to explore the joy of dancing together. I am proud to be part of the ecstatic tribe and to co-facilitate this experience for everyone!