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Dance Wave Sanctuary Chico Jacia Kornwise
5Rhythms Waves Santa Barbara Kiaora Fox
Sunday Sweat Your Prayers Chico Jacia Kornwise

Upcoming Workshops


San Francisco - 1 Jul 2017 to 2 Jul 2017
Vehllia Tranne - Alessandro Moruzzi

“Both Light and Shadow are the dance of love.” – Rumi
The 5Rhythms® (Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness) forms a map which gives us the possibility to dance the rhythms in our own life. Each rhythm has a physical gateway into our own energy, into our own dance, and its light and shadow.
The summer sun warms us with its bright light, that also generates dark shadows. Things we like about ourselves, we tend to show and bring to light. Things we dislike, we keep in the shadow not to be seen.
When there is light, shadow is naturally generated. This is when we could make a choice to have integrity within ourselves, acknowledging both so that we could dance with both. These aspects can and should be explored as their discovery will bring us into full appreciation of who we are as a whole, mind body and soul. Exploring the lights and shadows of ourselves and moving through them on the dance floor, give us a chance for transformation. From being frozen to being fluid, from tense to being determined, from lost to being clear, from spaced out to being present, from numbed to being connected with spirit.

“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” Hafiz

Alessandro Moruzzi and Vehllia Tranne are Certified 5Rhythms® Teachers Accredited by the 5RTA (5Rhythms Teachers Association), and Founders of The City Waves™, which offers weekly 5Rhythms classes in San Francisco. All of their classes and workshop hours count as Waves on the 5Rhythms Dancing Path towards Teacher Training.

Together, Alessandro and Vehllia offer many years experience in 5Rhythms dancing, music, meditation, theater and performance background, healing and spiritual practices, and shamanism; offering heartfelt and intuitively crafted experience and support for each dancer, holding a safe and transformational space for all.

PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites required.

Tuition: $180
Early bird by June 4: $150
10% off for Student with valid ID and Senior (65+). Work study and Scholarship options are available. Please contact us to register for this special rate.
Please register early. Space is limited.

Workshop Schedule:
Saturday, July 1, 2017 (4:00-8:00pm)
Sunday, July 2 (1:00-7:00pm)
Sweat Your Prayers® (10:00am-12:00pm) - Optional. It's $5 if you register for this workshop


Heart to Heart

Santa Cruz - 23 Jul 2017 to 28 Jul 2017
Lucia Horan

 “Love is not a mood, but a dynamic way of being.” —Gabrielle Roth

Lucia Horan & Noah Levine

The spontaneous heart is one that knows how to love and be loved. This workshop is an invitation to explore how the body is shaped by emotions and gain skill in tracking when the heart is open and when it is closed.

Through the integration of the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms, you will learn how to experience and express emotion in naturally healthy, creative ways.

Over the course of these five days, Lucia Horan, an internationally recognized teacher of 5Rhythms, will lead you in the Heartbeat map, a guide to moving through waves of emotional energy. Renowned Buddhist teacher, author, and counselor Noah Levine will guide you in profoundly supportive meditation and mindfulness practices for bringing wise attention and a compassionate heart to every aspect of your life.

You will learn to:

  • Navigate the emotional terrain of life without getting stuck, holding on, or pushing away
  • Embody the art of being a fluid emotional athlete through 5Rhythms
  • Increase your natural capacity for loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity Brahmavihara (heart practices)
  • Tap into the natural, powerful practices of movement and stillness as antidotes to negative mind states.

The polarities of movement and stillness mirror the larger dance of life. Come open your heart to a life of deep peace, well-being, and balance.


Local Teachers

Sayrah Garrison Oakland, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2001

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu”

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Tom Truman Santa Cruz, California Teaching Since: 2016 Dancing Since: 2006

“ The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the heartbeat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.. Joseph Campbell”

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Kiaora Fox Santa Barbara, California Teaching Since: 2016  

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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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Alessandro Moruzzi San Francisco, California Teaching Since: 2014 Dancing Since: 2008

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

“I dance to discover, remember, pray, 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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Bella Dreizler Sacramento, California Teaching Since: 2008 Dancing Since: 2001

“Not complicated. Breath & gravity: fluidity, clarity, release. Repeat again. Teaching embodied physical practice in the context of a shamanic 5 rhythms wave. This is what delivers authentic insight. Must be present to win.”

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Kate Shela Los Angeles, California Teaching Since: 1997 Dancing Since: 1992

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

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Jacia Kornwise Chico, California Teaching Since: 2004 Dancing Since: 1990

“Dance when your broken open. Dance when you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free. Rumi”

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Chelsea Kaplan Los Angeles, California   Dancing Since: 1990

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Davida Taurek Sebastopol, California Teaching 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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Andrea Davis - Teaching Since: 1997  

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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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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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Jay and Amber Kaplan California Teaching Since: 1994  

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Majica Phillips (Sweat SpaceHolder) Sacramento, California    

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Jenelle Smith (Sweat SpaceHolder) Fullerton, California   Dancing Since: 1997

“This must be the place.”

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