The oldest 5Rhythms community in Australia, Melbourne is a must-dance destination for lovers of 5Rhythms.

Meredith Davies was the first teacher to start a weekly 5Rhythms class in Melbourne in 2003.  Five years later Madhuma Thompson began a second weekly class and initiated a monthly Sweat Your Prayers, and now more than a decade later, with Meredith’s husband David Juriansz joining the teaching field, they have grown a huge dancing tribe.  The weekly ‘Tuesday Tsunami Wave’ in North Fitzroy may be one of the biggest weekly 5R classes in the world ~ a pulsating, deep ride for over 150 dancers.  With sometimes 6 classes a week, workshops with international teachers, 3 local teachers and more in training, Melbourne is a vibrant 5Rhythms dance community. 

Weekly Classes

Upcoming Workshops

Running with Wolves Women's 5Rhythms October

Melbourne - 20 Oct 2018 to 20 Oct 2018
Natalie Poole

St Ambrose Hall

3 Dawson Street, Brunswick

$60 prepay ($70 at door if available) 

(22 places available)


Saturday October 20th

(next dates: Nov 17th Dec 15th)

5Rhythms is a catalytic dance practice, based on the creative flow of nature. Dancing each of the rhythms Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness offers us a map for understanding our body’s own inner waves, the rhythms of nature, and the rhythms of the creative process. 

In 2018 we are continuing to work through the book by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes - Women Who Run with the Wolves. We will be working with one archetypal feminine story at a time - and using it as our basis for an embodied inquiry and dance. Running with Wolves - Women's 5Rhythms - offers us a monthly ritual to honour ourselves, and our sisters.

(We only have three stories left to complete the book! Let's work with the story of The Withered Trees. Its a story of intuition and anger - personal and collective anger - I think it's the right time!! What a year for women's collective action.)

Just like the wolf, the female psyche has often been misunderstood, feared, and hunted to near extinction.

Only now is the feminine way of being returning to our awareness. 

In this workshop we'll be reminded of our cyclic nature, of the ebbs and flows of our creativity and of our spiralling unfolding pathway of our lives. We’ll dance and move together, to embody and reconnect with our physicality and to witness and honour this with our sisters. 

This is your invitation to track the movements and desires of your animal self, your deeper wisdom and to return to your fur-covered sensing self. This is your invitation to listen deeply. Do you hear the call?



Castlemaine - 2 Nov 2018 to 6 Nov 2018
Meredith Davies

How do we meet our fears and vulnerabilities with courage and conviction? How can we channel our anger – away from blame into high-octane fuel for change and creative action? Do the sorrows of our lives, touch us deeply and restore our natural empathy and connection? Can joy infuse you with a deep appreciation for all things – big and small? Can you truly respect and behold all of this vital, emotional energy, with compassion & humility?

Using the 5Rhythms Heartbeat® Map, with a group of committed seekers, we will explore embodied ways to live like this, harnessing what’s most meaningful and Wholehearted.

This workshop has two components:

1. Heartbeat Map (3 days: Nov 2-4)

We will expand our emotional movement vocabulary. Like the potency of the Wave, Heartbeat is an empowering practice that harnesses raw energy from our emotional experience.

2. Heartbeat plus Deep Focus: (5 Days: Nov 2 -6)

From the Heartbeat Map – participants choose and explore examples from their life; where they get emotionally stuck. With supportive witnessing, focus and movement, together we will find our most spontaneous and wholehearted dance.


Local Teachers

Madhuma Thompson New South Wales Teaching Since: 2007 Dancing Since: 2000

“I love the honesty of this practice. To see people light up again and again - connect to the root of their dance is so fulfilling! My wish for you is to keep finding grace in your dances and in the nitty gritty Rhythms of your Life”

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Meredith Davies Melbourne, Victoria Teaching Since: 2001  

“A deep listening A moving essence A dancing prayer Each breath a surrender to the spirit of life”

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David Juriansz Melbourne, Victoria Teaching Since: 2010 Dancing Since: 1996

“Our pure flame is only obscured by human strain The joy in this dance Is to see it revealed Again and again Courageous dancing souls Moving Essence”

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Rivka Worth Melbourne, Victoria Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 1992

“Love the dance, it loves you back.”

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Lucine Eusani Melbourne, Victoria Teaching Since: 2016 Dancing Since: 2006

“Every child has known God, Not the God of names, Not the God of don'ts, Not the God who ever does anything weird, But the God who knows only 4 words. And keeps repeating them, saying "Come dance with Me, come dance." --Hafiz”

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Catriona Mitchell (Teacher In Training) Castlemaine, Victoria   Dancing Since: 1999

“"Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost" - Pina Bausch”

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evelyn switajewski (Teacher In Training) Aireys Inlet, Victoria   Dancing Since: 1981

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. -Nietzsche ”

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Grant Bradley (Teacher In Training) Melbourne, Victoria    

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Thais Sansom (Teacher In Training) Castlemaine, Victoria   Dancing Since: 2000

“as we move and breathe, the dance flows out of us follow my feet trust my breath allow and be with fierce tenderness and curiosity”

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