I finally made it back to the 5Rhythms dance. Though I’m well aware when these classes happen ( I even mark my calendar), for one reason (evening time slots never vibe with my DNA of rise then exercise) or another (just too damn tired, or hot, or fill in the blank with another lame excuse ) — I rarely show up. But as previously mentioned — I did it! And that’s what matters for now.
WHAT IS IT?
A series of rhythms that make up the movement practice created by Gabrielle Roth. In a 5Rhythms class, you’ll go through flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness to make the Wave (different Wave from the sports arena variation). The Wave is built on energy, and it guides you on a journey of transformation leading towards your most authentic expression, or dance.
WHAT THE SCENE LOOKS LIKE
A full-on dance party! Think after-hours club packed with only the die-hards — inhibitions are checked at the door! It’s a sweaty mix covering the gamut. You’ll see a fresh-faced twenty something in a flowy dress (that gets hiked up with the heat) move her way into the unknown. Or a seen-it-all sixty year old exploring everything in-between. Regulars converse through their bodies while soloists are figuring out the tempo in their own time. Prepare to slide since the floor fills with sweat, and though it may seem a little gross — you’re not thinking about it!
THE RHYTHM OF THE ROOM
There are 5 of them, of course. Connection and expression emerge as everyone moves through the rhythms together in their own unique interpretation.
Original. Raven Recordings (Gabrielle Roth’s label) made music specifically for the Wave. Call it world music, or even EDM — it’s the trance that feeds the dance. With no lyrics to grab onto (except maybe a bit of chanting), the hard-hitting sound speaks loud in a primal thumping beat.
MIND, BODY OR SOUL WORKOUT?
Gabrielle Roth intended for this to be a spiritual practice, and it can be. Some cities offer Sweat Your Prayer sessions as a weekly offering to dance your way to the divine. For those looking to go a little deeper into themselves, and are open to the possibilities — 5Rhythms dance is definitely a vehicle for discovery. And a solid way to workout the mind, body and soul.