Image: Bernadette teaching a Zoom class during ‘Lockdown’
And… ‘Livestream‘ is different again – it’s not ‘just’ everybody dancing at home (though that can be powerful) – you are joining a ‘live’ class, with dancers at our venue, which is a different energy.
We’re looking forward very much to your joining our dance – you are ‘energetically’ as much a part of the group process as those in the room, and one of our team will be ‘holding the container’ within which Bernadette will be holding your dance space – while the webcam will show a wide view of part of the hall, she will have the Zoom display alongside her while taking the class.
Please note: At the end we shall briefly sit together in Stillness, you can then just wave and ‘drop off’ at any time – we shall not be sharing verbally, as the online host will be sitting in the same room as the dancers at the venue!
Some practical guidelines:
(These will be repeated in your Zoom Registration confirmation email)
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 book 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:
- Set up the space (and yourself) beforehand (see above). If possible remove/conceal any obvious distractions.
- Try not to be transfixed by the screen – this is not like a Zoom ‘meeting’ or TV show – the screen is there to remind you others are dancing ‘with’ you, not as a focus for your attention.
- Switch off ‘Self view’ – it’s the one that’s hardest to ignore! We usually cover the mirrors in a dance studio in 5 Rhythms – it’s the same thing.
- Enjoy! 🙂