The 5Rhythms practice was created by Gabrielle Roth and grew out of her experiences of teaching dance to elders, people in psychiatric units, children and young people, as well as thousands of people in workshops who were seeking a deeper relationship to their own bodies. Over time she identified 5 main Rhythms: Flow, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness, and together these form a Wave of energy. There are some excellent videos of Gabrielle teaching, and of people dancing in classes.


“Energy moves in waves. Waves move in patterns. Patterns move in rhythms. A human being is just that: energy, waves, patterns, rhythms. Nothing more. Nothing less. A dance” — Gabrielle Roth ”


In a class we move through these 5Rhythms, exploring in movement and dance how our own bodies hold, express and release these patterns and rhythms. There are no set steps to learn, and my teaching is designed to help you wake up to the dancer within.


For more information about 5Rhythms, and to find teachers in other areas, please see the excellent



5Rhythms in Bradford every Monday evening, 7pm -9pm, everybody welcome!







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