5Rhythms is about freeing up your dance, exercising all of your body, providing an outlet to express yourself, relax yourself and help you to feel more alive. It requires absolutely no ability, grace, skill, fitness level or cool moves and we have dancers of all ages. It’s a great way to shake off your stress – like a clean out for the coming week.
Classes start very gently, with time for stretching and getting the body moving at your own pace. The music will take you gradually into a kind of wave of activity – from the first rhythm, ‘flowing’, through the more percussive ‘staccato’, getting faster until we hit ‘chaos’, then dropping into the lighter ‘lyrical’ music before finally sinking into the meditative sounds of ‘stillness’. We often go through two waves of the 5 rhythms during the class. Each wave can be quite cathartic, getting out pent up feelings and energy and leaving you relaxed and refreshed.
There’s instruction and exercises but no specific steps, you don’t even have to follow the instructions if they don’t feel helpful, what’s most important to come along and be yourself.