With winter settling in, it's certainly tempting to curl up
on the sofa and spend our evenings staring at Strictly. But if
you're in London, don't miss out on an opportunity to warm up on
the dancefloor yourself - in the company of other lesbian and bi
women at a new monthly 5Rhythms session. Organisers Jane and Sonia
explain what it's all about:
The 5Rhythms is a dance movement practice. Even so, you
don't have to learn any steps. Nor do you need to be a trained
dancer, or even be particularly young or fit to enjoy it. All
you need is a willingness to move and a curiosity about what is
happening as you do so. Each rhythm is designed to catalyse a
different part of you and gradually gather momentum, so that
you naturally drop in to the next one. This is known as the
Wave and it's a powerfully cathartic and addictive experience…
Jane has been an accredited 5Rhythms teacher since 2001 and runs
weekly classes on Sundays, to which all are welcome.
Now we are creating a dance space just for lesbian and bi women
to celebrate ourselves, to move together and to create community
amongst and through ourselves. Each month 20% of the profits will
be donated to a charity working for women. Our first month's
recipient is The Lesbian Therapists Directory, a not-for-profit
social enterprise that aims to connect lesbian clients with lesbian
therapists and counsellors.
If you've never been to a 5Rhythms class, you're probably
wondering what to expect. Here are a few tips for beginners:
What happens on the dancefloor?
In every class or workshop, there is always a wide range of
experience in the 5Rhythms work - from first-timers to certified
Wave addicts. In any given class, the teacher will be following the
energy in the room. So, while the essential map is one of the five
rhythms, the teacher might take the class through the entire Wave
or focus on just one rhythm or one facet of a rhythm. The rhythms
themselves are gateways to literally thousands of different
movement landscapes. Like the body, they are alive and designed to
catalyze the dancer's movement expression in the moment. You are
different every time you walk in the room, so is the group and so
is the teacher. Therefore, each class holds completely unique
How do I start?
1. Go at your own pace.
2. Be responsible for your own body (stay aware of injuries and
3. Keep your eyes open to stay aware of others.
4. Dance barefoot or in dance shoes only - no socks on the
5. Move how you feel and stay open to changing.
6. Know that everything that is alive has a dance, and your only
task is to find and express yours.
7. Enjoy yourself! (Excessive seriousness may slow you
We really look forward to meeting you.
Jane & Sonia
Saturday 8 December, 6-9pm (9pm - bring food to share; tea and
London Bhuddist Arts Centre (first floor),
London E2 0PT
Text by Jane Belshaw and notes from Moving Center
Photo credit Tony Pletts