In December 2008, I heard about a local dance with “no alcohol, no drugs and bare feet”. Intrigued, I called the organiser. Would it be OK if my only recent dance experience was as an embarrassing uncle at a wedding? She replied “That’s perfect, you’ll love it!
I never realized dancing in a room together with other people was something I was taking for granted. Looking back, it’s screamingly ironic that the upheaval 5Rhythms practice predicted rhythmically in the dance was an upheaval that no one, teacher nor producer nor student, was actually prepared for logistically.
Never in my 25 years of dancing have I experienced the power of 5Rhythms so deeply as I did this year.
Yes, dancing with Gabrielle was like time travel and super magical and changed my whole life.
But this year, more than ever, 5Rhythms proved itself as a practical life elixir for many. Even for people who don’t really have anything to do with dancing.
Listening is a vehicle for true connection and feeling connected is the source for all healing. How do we reinvent connection when we find ourselves unexpectedly on the edge of the unknown? Isolated in realities stretched across landscapes of our own skin wondering how to begin again?
Embodied into a family of passionate dancers and artisans, my journey on this earth began on Rose Monday (the highest carnival holiday in my area). They put a funny hat on my head & shoved me through the hallway, while outside colourful street-parades took part. I was born into art in motion.
I discovered my love of dance when I moved to a foreign city alone at the age of 19. What I first discovered was ballroom dance and I was taught by tournament dancers: What do I want to express, how do I bring it from the inside out? What is the message and essence of the particular dances? I loved to explore this.