Drop-in / Open Classes

About the classes

NOTE: Classes have been running ‘in real ‘life’ since May 21st, based on UKActive guidelines for indoor fitness/sports activities. We continue to work within those overall guidelines, though relaxing the limit on total numbers πŸ™‚

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.

If Bernadette is away, the class is always covered by other experienced 5 Rhythms teachers. (The only time we take a break is between Xmas & New Year*.)

Forthcoming/recent guest teachers:

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


Dates: Every Friday, all year*
Times: 8:30pm – 10:30pm
(prompt start! see ‘Further Details’)
Venue: Horfield Parish Church Hall
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’.

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!)

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!
  • 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 are fully vaccinated, OR
    • you have had covid (preferably confirmed by a positive PCR test in the last 180 days) OR
    • you have self-tested negative (‘lateral flow ‘rapid test’) within 48 hours before the class.

    (similar criteria as if obtaining an NHS Covid Pass).
    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;
    • 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; hand sanitiser and paper towels/tissues will be available.
  • 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).


Our guidelines and venue risk assessments have been prepared with reference to national regulations 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: 28 Aug, 2021

Open/Drop-in Classes

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


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


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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