Welcome to my Five Rhythms pages. I have been dancing the Five Rhythms for over five years and have recently decided that I want to work towards the teacher training requirements of this ecstatic dance movement. These pages are intended as an open diary that reflects on how I relate to this ecstatic dance practice and records my progress with the teacher training. By writing about the dances, as well as how I see the rhythms manifesting themselves in my life and the world, I hope to go deeper into the dance itself. This website is also intended to facilitate a forum for discussion and networking between Five Rhythms dancers. So, please do leave your comments, thoughts, links and inspired wisps of philosophy. We are all dancers, we are all writers, we are all philosophers, in our own rights.
The Five Rhythms
The Five Rhythms was developed by Gabrielle Roth. It is a free expressive dance movement that leads the dancer through five universal rhythms. Flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness. The reasons why people dance the Five Rhythms are as diverse as the dancers themselves. Dancing the Five Rhythms is a great way to express yourself. It gives shape to our subjectivities and body to our emotions. It is a deep healing practice and a way of connecting to our spirituality, if we so wish. It is good fun and an excellent way to exercise, to release tensions and relax. It is a powerful way of connecting with people, of building a community, a tribe. The grounding philosophy of the Five Rhythms is that everyone is always, already a dancer. Everyone can dance. And, that dancing provides a map that guides us as we move through life. Teaching us about ourselves and the world that we live in. The dance is a mirror of the world at large. The dancer a reflection of how we move through this world. How we navigate its thorny thresholds and enjoy the pleasures of this garden. It is energetic, it is meditative. It is intense, it is beautiful. It is challenging, it is magical. Most importantly, it is deeply transformative.
In the section entitled Dance with Me you will find an open diary of my experiences in the dance itself and my reflections on the way I see the five rhythms manifested in the world at large. In the Teacher Training section you will find information on becoming a teacher of the Five Rhythms. Here I will keep an open record of how I am progressing with this course of study, practically. The Five Rhythms section is intended as an introduction to this dance practice, for those who are new to this style of free expressive movement. The Events and Links pages provide a virtual space for networking. I hope these pages will encourage readers to come and join the dance of this inspirational and transformative free expressive movement.
‘Will you walk a little faster?’ said a whiting to a snail,
‘There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are dancing on the shingle – will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?’
– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
In love & light