SHELTER ~ 5Rhythms for body and soul

biweekly 5Rhythms classes in Victoria, BC

Tuesday evenings, 6:45 to 8:45 pm

at the White Eagle Hall
90 Dock Street (at Niagara)
in James Bay

May 2, 16, and 30 | June 13 and 27
Register for all 5 classes: $105
Register for just one class: $23
Group will be capped at 35 dancers, and pre-registration is required.
** If this is your first class, please email at least 1 day beforehand. You will need to provide your proof of vaccination before attending.** For subsequent classes, please register at Eventbrite for the dates you wish to attend.

This 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 practice with you.

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

This class is open to folks who are double-vaccinated, and who are comfortable 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 required. 

Masks are welcome (however not required) on the dance floor.

Accessibility: the hall has one flight of stairs (no elevator), and one gender-neutral washroom. Chairs are available for seated dance.

A refund or class credit will be offered for any class missed, with advance notice, due to illness. No refunds for no-shows.
Upcoming 2023 dates: May 2, 16, and 30 |June 13 and 27 | July 18 |August 15

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 *