What should I wear to class?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing so that movement is unrestricted.
Should I come early to my first class to sign up?
Coming early to class is a great idea. This allows you time to register, pay, put your things away and arrive into class in an unhurried manner.
There is a one-time registration and studio release form to fill out for reset. Multiple “reset” class cards are available. These can be accessed online beforehand if you prefer.
How should I prepare for my first class?
Come with a curious and open mind, probably not right after a full meal.
Do I need to dance barefoot?
Most people dance barefoot, though some people dance in dance slippers or dance sneakers. Socks are not suggested after feet are warmed up; the floor can be slippery.
Should I bring a water bottle or anything else?
Bring a water bottle.
Can I come alone?
Come by yourself or invite a friend or two; whatever feels right.
Can I take a break during class if I’m tired?
Part of the 5Rhythms practice is recognizing when and how to best care for yourself. If you get tired, dance smaller, slower, breathe more deeply. If you want to move on the floor or in a chair, both are viable options. Staying connected to what and how you’re moving is the key. It may be as subtle as one finger, the rise and fall of chest as you breathe, or as engaged as whirling, spiraling, or traveling through the space with clear and concise motions.
Do I need to attend regularly to experience what you describe?
As with any practice, the more regularly you attend, the more familiar your body becomes to and with its own embodiment, including trust, expansion, and compassion. Over time, it’s quite common for the dance to become a metaphor for life and for moments of movement to merge with fleeting reflections to drop profound noticings into your mind-heart-body.
What’s the structure of a class?
This class begins with a gentle warm-up. People often begin on the floor, paying attention to the areas of their bodies and body parts that would benefit from focused attention. As the tempo and complexity of the music increases, people move into the rhythm of Flowing, then Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, and into Stillness (these five rhythms comprise a Wave).
These explorations are guided in a variety of ways. No class is ever quite the same as far as the people who attend and what is co-created by what each of us brings into and through our dances. Every class ends with time to transition towards leaving the studio safely re-grounded.
Step into Yes!
In this rich monthly gathering of women, we dance together, witnessing and being witnessed, stepping into our potency without apology or excuses. After a warmup, one woman offers something to the group that has inspired her along her life’s journey. We try it on as a new possibility for ourselves. After the Offrenda (Spanish for offering), we dance a full 5Rhythms Wave to integrate our experience and end in a circle as we transition back into our day outside.
The inspiration for this class traces back to honor the first Texas 5Rhythms Sweat Your Prayers group, which began in Houston. After a sweet and deep warmup, we move into a grounding and focusing activity. Taking this through a full Wave, we individually and collectively drop more deeply into our experience. At the end of class, we take time to transition before we re-enter our day.
How are classes different from workshops?
Workshops offer a specific focus around which sessions are designed to lead to a possible peak experience, or series of related revelations.
“Classes are the ongoing laboratory and crucible of showing up and dancing with what is moving through our lives and our bodies in strung-together moments of time.”
— Lisa DeLand