Classes

 

Here are some useful pieces of information and answers to FAQ for classes and shorter events.

What are the 5Rhythms?
The 5Rhythms comprise a simple movement practice designed to release the dancer that lives within all of us, no matter what its shape, size, age, limitations and experience. No special skills are required, just a courage and willingness to step onto the dance floor and move with who and how you are moment to moment. To find your dance is to find yourself, at your most fluid and creative. While the practice itself is the essence of simplicity, it has the capacity to catalyse deep healing and creative expression. It can teach us to listen to, trust and learn to follow the wisdom of the body

The primary teaching of this work is: ‘If you put the psyche in motion, it will heal itself’. The 5 Rhythms are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness. They come together to create the Wave, a movement meditation practice. Rather than having steps to follow, each rhythm is a different energy field in which you find your own expression and choreography, thereby stretching your imagination as well as your body. Each rhythm is a teacher and you can expect to meet different and sometimes unknown aspects of yourself as your dance unfolds and your practice of the rhythms deepens over time.

FLOWING – the fluid, continuous, grounded glide of our own movements

STACCATO – the percussive, pulsing beat that shapes us a thousand different ways

CHAOS – the rhythm of letting go, releasing into the catalytic wildness of our dance that can never be planned or repeated

LYRICAL – the rhythm of trance, where the weight of self-consciousness dissolves, where we lighten up and disappear into our own unique dance

STILLNESS – the quiet emptiness, where gentle movements rise and fall, start and end, in a field of silence

What should I wear?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing, similar to what you would wear to an exercise or yoga class. Most people dance barefoot, but if you choose, you can wear dance/exercise shoes. Please do not wear shoes that you have worn outside or just socks as the floor is slippery and can be dangerous.
What if I am late to a class?
In most cases the doors close 30 minutes after the start of the class. People will not be admitted after that as it disrupts the session. Ideally arrive a bit early or on time so you can warm up before the class begins.
Practicalities and Considerations

Keep moving. As we move, we stir things up. You may hit patches of fatigue, frustration, or discomfort. Even if you can only wiggle a finger or nod your head to the beat, stay in motion until something changes. Movement opens the door to the alchemy of this practice.

Please be responsible for the well-being of your body. Be mindful and respectful of any injuries or physical and energy limitations you may have. As you dance, please keep your eyes open enough to not bump into others.

Practice not speaking in the class. We spend our whole lives talking as we skim the surface of ourselves. This meditation is an invitation to drop the words, speak with your body, turn yourself into a moving work of art and become a dance. If you can’t resist talking, you are welcome to do so out in the hallway / foyer, so others may enjoy the word-free environment.

It’s not just about the music. The teacher uses music to catalyze and support what’s happening on the dance floor. While a certain piece of music may evoke strong emotions, how you respond is up to you. The music is a platform for practice. You don’t have to love it – just respond. Sometimes not liking something is a great way to access your own creative movements.

Stretch yourself. If you always dance alone, you might try including someone else in your dance. If you are constantly on the prowl for a partner, maybe it’s time to ‘go solo’. Slow down – or speed up – and see what happens. Experiment with different ways of moving or being still without dropping out.

Drink plenty of water both during and after the class. It is best if you bring your own water bottle to the class although water will be provided for those who forget.

Chewing gum can be dangerous whilst dancing. It’s also a good idea to remove jewellery and watches, especially if they’re sharp or may catch.

This is a no alcohol and no drug space in the interests of the intention of this particular space. Anyone who has been drinking or taking drugs will be asked to leave the class.

For Orientation to Totnes Monday Dance Space download information Here.