What happens on the dance-floor?
We were all beginners once, so be welcome!
Usually -though not always- there is a Warm-up with music. Use this arrival time for yourself, to stretch, move, and let the journey to the dance space drop away. We all use this time differently, depending on what we need. It really helps if people don’t chat – it can distract others from sinking into their practice – and you into yours.
The teacher will be leading the class & following the group energy. In any class there’s likely to be a range of experience of 5Rhythms work. Because we are different every time, the class will be different every time and our experience will be different. The essential map is The Wave (the 5Rhythms danced in order) and you will almost certainly dance through a Wave at least once, though the teaching may focus one Rhythm, one aspect of the Rhythms, or on a specific theme. You’ll probably be dancing on your own sometimes, and sometimes with a partner or a group. There’ll be music -a wide range- and maybe periods of silence too. (For different forms of practice, see here)
Each class is a complete process. Your presence helps make it happen! Please honor yourself and others by arriving on time and staying through till the end. (If you know you have to leave early for some reason, please tell the teacher beforehand).
How do I start?
Wear clothes that let you move freely, and have layers so you can adjust for more or less active movement. Bring water: don’t let yourself dehydrate.
Dance barefoot or in dance shoes only, beware of slippery socks. (Shoe suggestions)
Go at your own pace. Be responsible for your own body (stay aware of injuries & limitations). Keep your eyes open to stay aware of others.
Don’t distract yourself or others with talk.
Bring along some curiosity about yourself & others too! Move how you feel -and stay open to changing.
Know that everything that is alive has its dance, and your only task is to find & express yours.
And finally:- Enjoy yourself! (Excessive seriousness may slow you down)
Dance Floor Etiquette
I just love the way this is put! Many thanks to my colleagues Mati Vargas-Gibson & Joanne Winstanley!