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, a growing roster of local teachers and more in training, Melbourne is a vibrant 5Rhythms dance community.

Weekly Classes

Upcoming Workshops

Thru The Looking Glass- Online Shadow Series

Melbourne - 10 Sep 2020 to 8 Oct 2020
Rivka Worth

 ''Thru the Looking Glass'' offers us a portal to dance through the 5Rhythms Shadow Map.

Each Rhythm has a shadow side. Neither good or bad, both dark and light, the Shadows reveal our truth. Dancing the Shadows truly brings us back to centre. It is a divine practice.

I can't wait to meet you in the dance and dive deeply together into our darkness, for it is in this unfolding we realise our light.

5 x Thursday evenings 7-9pm AEST (Melb time)

Sept 10,17,24

Oct 1,8

Closed Committed Group-no casual attendance


$125 Early Bird register before Sept 1


I am Rivka Worth and I have been holding space for transformative dance since 1992. I have 28 years facilitation experience with a wealth of diversity. I am a certified 5Rhythms teacher and your time in my classes count towards teacher training pre-requisites if you are on this path.

I also have a BA dance and currently studying as a Somatic Educator in Bonnie Bainbridge's Body Mind Centering work. A long time dancer of Contact Improvisation and Yoga, I am also a choreographer, improvisor, former artistic director of Restless dance Theatre and Company Chaos. One of my true passions is working in the community offering 5Rhythms Reach Out dance to disadvantaged and recovering communities.These are my favourite classes!  

I also have a life-time of experience with my own shadows and have delved deeply in committed practice to meet, understand, embrace and dance with the shadow parts of myself. 

It would be my honour to serve you in your own shadow journey and your journey towards embracing your most brilliant radiant self.


Radiance of Darkness

Melbourne - 30 Oct 2020 to 1 Nov 2020
Jonathan Horan

We're always in a constant state of flux, traveling and traversing from our essential selves to our shadow selves -- a place where if we stay too long our ego starts to run the show. It is our constant struggle and our shamanic task to create a personal awareness of our shadow places and spaces.

The Waves map of the 5Rhythms offers our bodies the keys to transform our shadows into movement, from frozen to fluid, from tense to focused, from disoriented to free. Moving these shadows on the dance floor, inviting an exploration to bring our body and our actions back into alignment with our head and our hearts, becoming a unified being in our every day lives -- that sweet emptiness that serves and is served with divine curiosity, utter surrender, endless permission, and love.

We were all born to be comfortable in our own skin.


Local Teachers

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

“Love the dance, it loves you back.”

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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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Thais Sansom 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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Grant Bradley Melbourne, Victoria   Dancing Since: 2008

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evelyn switajewski 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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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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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 Castlemaine, Victoria   Dancing Since: 1999

“I would believe only in a god who could dance - Nietzsche”

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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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Natalie Poole (Heartbeat In Training) Melbourne, Victoria Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 1972

“As a 5Rhythms teacher I see myself as a midwife on the dance floor - supporting the births of our more embodied, more expressive and more alive selves.”

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