5 Rhythms is both a very ‘free’ individual practice which offers significant permission – while simultaneously being a group/community practice which calls for consideration and respect for the group process.
Bring & wear
- Loose clothing in to move freely, and have a good sweat! – layers are good;
- Something warm to put on or wrap round you when not dancing;
- A water bottle;
- Your curiosity!
Some dos & don’ts
- Many find bare feet easy and comfortable – for those that need it, Dance Sneakers prevent sore feet and give support to arches, knees and ankles;
- Other shoes are not recommended: Don’t dance in socks – you might slip! and trainers have too much grip so are hard on knees.
“Do you have the discipline to be a free spirit?” – Gabrielle Roth
This is a meditation/embodiment practice which has clear boundaries which need to be honoured if the full potential of this work is to be achieved. Once you enter the studio:
- Don’t use phones/tablets, even on silent – if you need to check on a babysitter or something, take devices outside the studio and check them there;
- Don’t talk – words take us straight back into our heads!
- Arrive on time – the warm-up, including the initial ‘unguided’ warm-up is an important part of the process;
- Stay until the end both for yourself, and for the group – if you leave early you will disrupt the collective energy and your own process will be incomplete.