5Rhythms Tribe | Wave within the Wave

by Laura Branco, Ohio, USA In one of our sessions during Teacher’s Training, Jonathan talked about pain in the system. He announced to the attentive TIT novices: “It’s not a …


5Rhythms Tribe | Dancing Into Chaos

by Sarah Lighthipe | Sarah Lighthipe is a writer and former professional dancer living in Los Angeles. She inspires readers to explore their deepest shadows in order to unlock their …


5RTA | October Teacher Spotlight

Marcia Wakarchuk Jones

“Mine is a dancing path” — Gabrielle Roth My first experience of the 5Rhythms was around 1997, in Cambridge, England with Adam Barley at the helm. I was perplexed that everyone seemed to know what to do without detailed choreographic instructio...

Bella Dreizler

First memory? I’m four years old and dancing…trancing out to Liberace of all things. Seven decades later I can fully appreciate the blessings of a challenging childhood. Despite the trauma, a fascination for nature was nurtured…ocean, lakes, forest,...


5RTA | September Teacher Spotlight

Sylvie Minot

I come from a lineage of warriors and healers from Laos, Vietnam and France. They are in my cells, my DNA, and my dance. We were told my grandfather was a French soldier in love with a young Vietnamese woman, my grandmother. My father was a Laotian...

Marc Silvestre

Let’s be clear: I am not perfect. Who is? Evolution is a never-ending process and this is for me exactly the heart of 5Rhythms dance. On one side, the dance floor is this amazing arena, where the facets of who we are appear and get dealt with by the inc...


5RTA | August Teacher Spotlight

Thierry Francois

My journey with the 5Rhythms continues, evolves, moves, transforms, and tames myself. I feel that my understanding of it has grown. It takes time as it takes time in deep practices. I loved watching, feeling, listening to Gabrielle speak about t...

Vehllia Tranne

<b>VEHLLIA: </b> My discovery of 5Rhythms was at the lowest point of my life. Broken and wounded on the inside, empty, bored and superficial on the outside. Born in Java, lived in Vietnam, traveled like a jet-setter, just to distract myself...


Notes On Practice | Grass Roots

Just keep practicing, I told myself. If I practice with devotion, if I am relentless in interrogating the stories that limit me, and if I stay connected to raw, unfiltered presence, things will shift radically and this foot pain won’t be such a big deal. Some days, I winced through every step, but still managed to find freedom and inspiration. I even saw the pain as helpful, in that it brought me right into my feet and into the body.

After the “Elemental” workshop in April, my feet got still worse. It would have been difficult to spot, as I still swooped and soared, but I knew I had to seek help, not just hope that enlightenment would eventually free me. A friend suggested I visit an orthopedic doctor who specializes in working with extreme athletes.


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