Dates: usually weekly
(when ‘in person’ classes not permitted)
Times: on demand (not LiveStream)
Venue: wherever you are
Format: MixCloud embed
Level: Waves ‘sweat’ (no verbal teaching)
At time of writing (May 2021), Bernadette’s Online Waves, usually made available for ~3-4 weeks each, have had a total of more than 7,000 plays!
Throughout the periods we have not been able to gather to dance, Bernadette has offered a weekly Wave to dance in your own space.
Here’s what Bernadette says by way of introduction…
My suggestion is: that you warm up to your own choice of music, before going into the Wave, which will usually be about an hour.
Blessings on the dances and the bodies that so love to move,
Blessings on the life force that pulses with the beat.
Blessings on you all.
Love and blessings.
While these notes refer to ‘in person’ classes and ‘live Zoom dancing’, much of it applies equally to making the most of dancing in your own space 🙂
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.
“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:
You are responsible for setting up your own safe dancing space, and for holding your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing!
Make sure the space is safe and give yourself as much room to move as possible.
Have drinking water on hand, and anything you might need to make yourself comfortable, both during your dance and immediately afterwards.
Tidy your space in advance, and set up anything else that would help make the vibe nice – lighting, an altar, etc.
Move at your own pace and in ways that suit your own body.
Look after yourself, anyone else (including pets!) in the room, and the environment you are in.
In-Rhythm and the teacher/facilitator cannot take responsibility for any injuries sustained as a result of participating in these sessions.
And finally… please let’s keep our online spaces completely safe and respectful – you agree when you sign up to make no recording of any kind, whether audio, video or screenshots etc. Thank you.
(Thanks to Dancing Tao in London, on whose guidelines this is based.)
And finally… here are a few ‘process’ tips to help you drop deeper:
‘In person’ classes may occasionally also be livestreamed via Zoom, for wider accessibility, especially for those who cannot attend in person.
As indicated above, online participants agree on booking not to record the session in any way (audio or visual). There is also an area of the dance floor not visible on Zoom.
This would usually be made clear on booking but, if added later, anyone attending ‘in person’ will be advised well in advance of the class, and offered a transfer or refund if not happy with this.
If you choose to dance on Friday at the usual time, you can be ‘energetically’ dancing with others. (And sometimes actually together if someone hosts a Zoom room!)
You can also find the current Waves on MixCloud itself, but note that if you play it from there, it will often then ‘auto-play’ another mix and/or advertisement – either of which may be inappropriate to the Stillness you have hopefully found…
If you join MixCloud, you can get more plays, more flexibility, and you’ll be supporting the artists who make all the wonderful music we dance to.
Join our mailing list here, and get a heads up when we post a new Wave – as well as updates about new offerings, online and back in the hall/studio: