Neighbourhood Waves

Outdoor 5Rhythms® classes

Dancing together, close to home. Rooted and resourced in the medicine of our shared practice, we’ll move together in changing times.

We will gather and move in a park setting, safely distanced, gently guided, silent-disco style. I will offer practical guidance through the 5Rhythms® Wave, immersive music designed to inspire, and plenty of space to explore your own dance. All ages (15+) and levels of experience are welcome.

Group size is limited to 10 people, in compliance with current restrictions, and pre-registration is required. Additional groups may be offered depending on demand.

Dates, times, and advance registration details are shared each month in my newsletter. If you would like to be notified about upcoming groups, please add your name under ‘newsletters’ (top right).

Monday evenings in Esquimalt
Weekly through November 1, 2021
2022 dates TBD

Dates, times, and advance registration details are shared each month in my newsletter. To be notified about upcoming groups or pop-up classes this winter, please enter your name and best email under ‘newsletter’ (at the top right of this page).

Standard: $72 for 4 classes ($18/class)
Supporter: $88+ for 4 classes ($22+/class)
Supported: $60 for 4 classes ($15/class)

Registration is confirmed on receipt of your payment for all 4 classes each month.

Remaining spots may be available on a drop-in basis, to a maximum of 10 dancers per session. Please let me know if you’d like to be notified, or contact me up to 12 hours before class. If you are on Facebook, you can also check our Facebook Group for availability.

Participants will receive a welcome email with details about our location. By registering, you agree to follow Covid safety protocols which include maintaining a minimum 2 metre distance from other participants, and wearing a mask while you pick up and drop off your headset. Headsets are fully sanitized after each use.

SHELTER ~ Monthly 5Rhythms Wave

one Tuesday evening per month

6:45 to 8:45 pm
at the White Eagle Hall
90 Dock Street (at Niagara)
in James Bay

Pre-registration is required.

2021: September 21 | October 19 | November 23 | December 21

2022: January 18 | February 15 | March 15 | April 19 | May 17 | June 14

This monthly class is for folks who are thirsty for community practice, who crave the collective cauldron, and who are ready to steep in the medicine of 5Rhythms together in a safe-enough indoors space. I warmly look forward to sharing this space with you.

Practical instruction in Gabrielle Roth’s healing movement work, balanced with plenty of opportunity to explore your own dance. Deepen your personal practice of the 5Rhythms®, or dance a Wave for the first time; all ages (15+) and levels of experience are welcome.

Cost: $20

To register: complete and submit your pre-registration form (link shared by newsletter each month), then submit your payment by e-transfer to 

Capacity will be limited to 30 people total in the hall. Pre-registered participants only; no drop-ins at the door.

This class is currently open to folks who are double-vaccinated and who are willing to observe pandemic-related protocols. Also for folks who are comfortable (or willing to try) dancing together indoors, with kindness and respect for the ways that our fellow dancers may be at different levels of comfort in relation to sharing space. 

Proof of vaccination is required. Masks are required while using the washrooms and while entering and exiting the hall. Masks are welcome (not required) on the dance floor.

Points for Practice

Welcome!  The 5Rhythms is a movement meditation and, as with other meditation forms, the quality of our experience depends on the quality of attention we bring to our practice.  The following points will help get you started, and help us all create and nurture a space for deep practice.

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

Pace yourself. No matter what the rest of the room is doing, honour your own energy level so you don’t get exhausted.  By allowing yourself to rest in the beat when you need to, you’ll be ready to ride the next wave of energy when it comes.  Respect your body’s needs and limitations; there’s no need to push.

Stay present with what’s happening for you. As with any meditative practice, you will have to deal with distractions.  You may have the sudden urge to admire the décor or find a partner NOW or otherwise get away from yourself.  (This is a great place to map those escape routes- and we’ve all got them.)  Just notice when you get distracted and gently, consistently, keep bringing your attention back to the dance.

Release your expectations. You might be ready to play tonight, but what if no one else is in the mood?  What happens when you have a hankering for a certain kind of experience – and the teacher (or your body) has other plans?  We might prefer dancing to our favourite song, in our favourite outfit, with our favourite partner, but holding onto ideas of “how it should be” – and rejecting anything else – cuts us off from what is actually moving in the moment.

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 exercise or piece of music may evoke strong ideas or emotions for you, how you respond is up to you: whatever comes up, use it as fuel for your dance.  The music is simply a platform for your practice.  You don’t have to love it – just keep moving, and respond.

Practice respect. Is your partner sending signals that he/she needs a bit more space?  A bit more connection?  Do people have to dance around you or tune you out while you stop for a chat on the dance floor?  Are you endangering anyone?  Mindfulness – in relation to Self, to others, and to the whole group – is an integral piece of this practice.

Stretch. If you always keep to yourself, you might try including others in your dance.  Or, if you are constantly on the prowl for a partner, maybe it’s time to try ‘going solo.’  Slow down -or speed up- and see what happens.  Experiment with different ways of moving, and ways of being still.  This practice can stretch us in so many ways – and move us, if we allow it to, into places we’ve never been before.

Please * no scents or perfumes * no socks or street shoes * no intoxicants * no chatting on the dance floor *