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Weekly Classes

Periodic Classes

Harmony Waves ~ In Person Next Class 4 Jun 2023 San Diego Christina Graham-Smith
Sweat Your Prayers With Sylvie Minot Next Class 10 Jun 2023 Oakland Sylvie Minot
5Rhythms at SF Botanical Garden Next Class 10 Jun 2023 San Francisco Vehllia Tranne
5Rhythms Portola Valley Next Class 17 Jun 2023 Portola Valley Vehllia Tranne
Shimmer Waves Next Class 18 Jun 2023 Orange Jenelle Smith
5Rhythms on the Beach Next Class 21 Jun 2023 San Francisco Vehllia Tranne
5Rhythms at TJPA's Salesforce Park (FREE) Next Class 24 Jun 2023 San Francisco Vehllia Tranne
FEMINAE ONLINE: 5Rhythms Full Moon Women Dance Next Class 30 Jun 2023 San Francisco Vehllia Tranne
Sweat Your Prayers With Sylvie Minot Next Class 8 Jul 2023 Oakland Sylvie Minot

Upcoming Workshops

Heart Melody: Compassion as a

San Diego - 10 Jun 2023 to 10 Jun 2023
Christina Graham-Smith

Heart Melody: Compassion as an Anchor

Meet ~ Move ~ Melt ~ Mesmerize ~ Magic

When we listen closely, we can hear the Melody of our Hearts and those around us singing. Sometimes they sing in Joy and Compassion and other times they remind us to be present with our Fear, our Anger and our Sadness. When we listen to the messages we have the opportunity to meet, be with, move and express our deepest desires and yearnings. It’s the uncomfortable emotions, expressed effectively that bridge the gap to Joy and Compassion. This series of Heartbeat level day workshops is a space to move and be moved by the Melody of our Hearts towards Transformation. You are welcome to join all, one or a few. Attendance at all 5 will count towards the 5 Day Heartbeat pre-requisite for the 5Rhythms teacher training path. 

Pre-requisites to join workshop: 5 Waves classes or a Waves level day or weekend workshop. 

Riding the Wave of Fear 
Saturday, February 4, 2022
 12:30 - 7:30 pm
Dancing with Anger
 Saturday, March 4, 2022
 12:30 -7:30 pm
Meeting Sadness
 Saturday, April 1, 2022
 12:30-7:30 pm
Cultivating Joy 
Saturday, May 6, 2022 
12:30 -7:30 pm
Compassion as an Anchor
 Saturday, June 3, 2022
 12:30 -7:30 pm 


San Diego Dance Theater: The Light Box

2950 Truxtun Rd. Studio 205 Upstairs

San Diego, CA 92106

At Liberty Station, Facing The LOT, enter the building on the left side and go upstairs


Creating Access not Scarcity: Following the class and economic justice sliding scale created by Alexis J. Cunningfolk, please review and select the price point below that allows you to attend the workshops. Discounts available are on a first come basis (10 discount spaces available) and my hope is to create a space where all can participate so reach out if you need further assistance. Space is limited to 30 dancers. 

Full Price $150: I am comfortably able to meet all my basic needs, I am employed or do not need to work, I have access to financial savings and have an expendable income and can afford at least an annual vacation. I may struggle at times, but overall I feel financially comfortable. 

Partial Discount: $112.50 (25% Discount) Use code DISCOUNT25% when registering: I may stress about meeting my basic needs, but still regularly achieve them, I may have some debt, but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs, I may have access to financial savings and have some expendable income and can take a vacation annually or every few years. 

Full Discount $90 (40% Discount) use code DISCOUNT40% when registering : I frequently stress about meeting my basic needs and don’t always achieve them, I have debt that sometimes prohibits me from meeting my basic needs, I rent lower end properties or have unstable housing, I am unemployed or underemployed without access to savings, I have no or very limited expendable income and cannot afford or have the ability to take time off work for a vacation without financial burden. 

Basic needs include food, housing and transportation.


Resource & Renew

Big Sur - 12 Jun 2023 to 16 Jun 2023
Lucia Horan

 Through the practices of 5Rhythms dance, mindfulness meditation, and self-care, we weave together a retreat focused on healing and celebration. Looking back over the past few years, it is clear that many of us are exhausted. In times of turmoil and change, self-care and kindness are needed to connect us to the ability to recharge and renew. In order to move forward with energy, passion, and creativity, it is vital to seed these qualities in our daily life so that we may cultivate resilience.

Do you need to integrate more self-care into daily life? Would you like to be better resourced and have more energy? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, you are in perfect alignment to participate in this workshop.

The 5Rhythms is an externalization process that releases and balances the systems of the body through movement. It is a method of dance focused on presence versus performance. We pair this process with seated meditation to quiet the heart and mind, allowing for stillness and integration. Bringing both together mirrors the dance of life. We come together to create an environment that cultivates and nurtures joy, calmness, and ease.

Each session will be primarily focused on Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms moving meditation practice. We will complete each practice with a 10-15-minute seated meditation. Included will be a discourse on 5Rhythms, mindfulness, and self-care. All practices taught during this course lend to the experience and wisdom of resourcing and renewing vital life energy to send you home with skills and tools to apply to your daily life.

No experience is necessary. All workshop hours contribute to 5Rhythms® Teachers Training.

This workshop will include:

5Rhythms dance

Seated meditation

Sharing circles

Discourses on mindfulness and 5Rhythms

Recommended Reading: Books by Gabrielle Roth: Sweat Your Prayers, Maps to Ecstasy, Connections and Dancing With Dharma: Essay on Movement and Dance in Western Buddhism – Edited by Harrison Blum


Local Teachers

Christina Graham-Smith San Diego, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2007

“Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it.- Martha Graham ”

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Vehllia Tranne San Francisco, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2010

“I dance to rediscover, remember, recreate, and to return to love. It takes courage to live one's truth. Your courage breeds courage in me. Will you join me and dance our truth?”

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Masayo Benoist Los Angeles, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2009

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Jenelle Smith Orange, California   Dancing Since: 1997

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. ~Joseph Campbell”

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Alessandro Moruzzi San Francisco, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2007

“Rain, oceans are my Flowing. Street traffic, crowds chatting are my Staccato. Waterfalls, pounding jack hammers are my Chaos. Winds, hummingbirds are my Lyrical. Echoes of drops in a cave, my breaths are my Stillness.”

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Jo Bainbridge Cobbett Los Angeles, California Teaching Since: 1997 Dancing Since: 1988

“this dance is my practice; my presence, playfulness and passion meet
and the truest sense of my self emerges
here i connect to source & know my depth ”

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Sylvie Minot Sausalito, California Teaching Since: 2001 Dancing Since: 1994

““The body holds stories and old wounds, and medicine as well. It has the antidote to heal itself. Through moving, we release our stories and allow healing to come through.” - Sylvie Minot”

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Majica Alba Sacramento, California   Dancing Since: 2008

“My job is to hold a sacred space where people can see what is already there.”

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Margaret Wagner San Francisco, California Teaching Since: 2004 Dancing Since: 2000

“Discover your ground, define your passion and voice, dissolve what holds you back, delight in your originality, dance with whatever is in the moment.”

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Davida Taurek San Rafael, California Teaching Since: 1987 Dancing Since: 1987

“We reside in our body to express the unique and amazing being living inside. Telling the truth through the body liberates us from the confines of social structure and hardened beliefs of self. In other words, dancing ROCKS!”

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Bella Dreizler Sacramento, California Teaching Since: 2008 Dancing Since: 2001

“After all this time I have no doubt: embodied physical practice in the context of a shamanic 5Rhythms wave delivers. Must be present to win. ”

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Daniela Peltekova Los Angeles, California Teaching Since: 2007  

“We are Gods and Goddesses with a global case of human amnesia. We dance to remember, we dance to forget, we dance to let go, to heal the cells of our body-mind and reignite the crystal imprints of our souls.”

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Kiaora Fox Santa Barbara, California Teaching Since: 2016 Dancing Since: 1983

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Juliette Kunin Nevada City, California Teaching Since: 2010 Dancing Since: 2001

“Keep dancing with that spark of truth that resides in all of us. Allow it to lead. Have the courage to leap, even when it is scary...”

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Jay and Amber Kaplan California Teaching Since: 1994  

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Aaron Lifshin San Francisco, California Teaching Since: 2016 Dancing Since: 2010

“What a surprise it was to find all the answers in the body, not the mind.”

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