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    About the classes

    No need for any experience, just book online and come along. That said, especially if it’s your first time, do check out the ‘Further Details’ section below.

    The only time we take a break is between Xmas & New Year; this year that means:

    • Dec 24 – NO CLASS
    • Dec 31 – NO CLASS
    • Jan 7 – classes restart with a ‘Welcome to 2022’

    If Bernadette is away, the class is always covered by other experienced 5 Rhythms teachers:

    Bernadette also covers classes outside Bristol when the teachers are away – for dates/times, watch this space.

    Details

    Dates: Every Friday, all year
    – see ‘About the classes’ for any variations.
    Times: 8:30pm – 10:30pm
    (prompt start! see ‘Further Details’)
    Venue: Horfield Parish Church Hall
    Prices:
    In advance*: Β£14 / Β£12 / Β£10
    On the door: Β£15 (flat rate)
    Booking: Online pre-booking recommended:
    – both to reduce cash handling, and to speed up entry – NHS track and trace data still requested on booking or entry.
    *See also improved T&Cs on booking website re ‘transfers’.

    IMPORTANT:
    The Parish Church HALL is on the LEFT side of Wellington Hill as you come up from Gloucester Road.
    (The postcode alone will take you to the church, not the hall!)

    NOTE: Classes have been running ‘in real ‘life’ since May 21st, based on UKActive guidelines for indoor fitness/sports activities. We continue to be guided those overall guidelines, subject to regulatory changes, and the particular circumstances of our practice and venue(s) πŸ™‚

    Further details

    General information applicable to all our classes and workshops:
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    5 Rhythms is both a very β€˜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 which 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!
      also…
    • Please don’t wear any kind of fragrance – the dance is an environment that heightens allergies and other sensitivities.
    • For safety, bags, valuables etc may be brought into the hall/studio.

    Some dos & don’ts

    • FEET:
      Many find bare feet easy and comfortable – some prefer Dance Sneakers which prevent sore feet and give support to arches, knees and ankles;
    • Other shoes are not recommended: trainers have too much grip so are hard on knees.
    • Don’t dance in socks – they slip too easily!

    β€œDo 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:

    • Don’t use phones/tablets, even on silent – if you need to check on a babysitter or something, take devices outside the hall/studio (or, at Horfield, outside the building) 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. The doors will be locked and there is no admittance 15 minutes after the start.
    • 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.

    For peace of mind, and out of respect for all concerned:

    • It is now essential that you arrive on time. The doors close 15 minutes after the start (no admittance, sorry). Thank you.
    • To care for each other, we request that you only attend if:
      • you have self-tested negative (using the free ‘lateral flow ‘rapid test’) within at most 48 hours before the class.

      Please do not come to the class if you or a member of your household has symptoms that could be covid
      (test kits available from gov.uk here).

    • Please bring plenty of water.
    • In line with our risk assessment, based on UKActive guidelines:
      • total numbers in the class may be limited;
      • the venue will be ventilated while we are dancing, while ensuring that thermal comfort is not significantly compromised (to avoid injury);
      • we shall not be working with physical contact at all;
      • you are requested to provide contact details for NHS Test & Trace, either in advance (on booking), or on arrival by either scanning an NHS QR Code or on paper – see Note below, and Privacy Policy addendum for details.
    • Commonly touched surfaces (doorhandles etc) will be sanitised in advance.
    • Wearing a face covering is your own choice, but please note that wearing a mask during exercise is not recommended in the English government guidelines.

    See also:

    Weekly Class Terms & Conditions (on our bookings website).

    Notes:

    Our guidelines and venue risk assessments have been prepared with reference to national regulations, guidelines and current scientific understanding of covid-19 transmission, specifically as interpreted by UK Active, the national organisation representing operators of fitness venues, and similar bodies worldwide. Statistical evidence to date suggests that these precautions result in remarkably little transmission.

    We ask for your contact details, in case requested by NHS Test & Trace. It is not compulsory to provide this information, but is recommended. This is privately held by us, and the likelihood of it being requested from us is extremely small.

    The above information is intended to be helpful for our class and workshop attendees, and supplements other general advice regarding symptoms, self-isolation etc., including any local regulations currently in force.

    Updated: 17 November 2021

    Open/Drop-in Classes

    Please see:
    Terms & Conditions – class bookings‘ on our bookings website (opens in new tab/window).

    Workshops/Courses

    Please download:
    Workshops, Courses & other events – Booking Terms and Conditions‘ [PDF]

    Venue

    Horfield Parish Church HALL
    43, Wellington Hill,
    Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8ST
    (just off Gloucester Road)
    [Google map]

    The hall is in a beautiful green and spacious area – peaceful with mature trees, and plenty of fresh air. It is spacious with a lovely high ceiling, plenty of good ventilation, and a gorgeous fully sprung wooden dance floor.

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