A reminder that we are always beginners in the dance. Every time we come to the dance floor we are met by the spontaneous, the unexpected, the unfolding of ourselves and each other in motion, and the unfolding of the world around us.
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.
“The drums kept going and so did I.” ~ Gabrielle Roth, Sweat Your Prayers | Gabrielle never wanted a funeral, she wanted a dance party. So each year on the anniversary of her passing we invite the 5Rhythms global community to keep her dance party going.
I remember the moment Jewel burst into my vision. Liquid motion, raw passion, revolutionary leaps of consciousness held together in faded leotard. The bones of her story hung in space like skinny revelations whispered in quivering muscles. I witnessed her transformation from a girl to a woman,from a lover to mother, from student to teacher…
Growing up with Gabrielle, making music stood equally in our circle alongside making movement. When no song was long enough to deeply journey into the meditation, Gabrielle and Robert gathered musicians to create soundscapes to go deep into the rhythms, birthing Raven Recording, a new genre of music, and 20+ albums.