More than just a dance class

5Rhythms Naomi Lishman


What is 5Rhythms?

A guided movement practice with no steps—a practice of being in your body—that ignites creativity, connection, and community. Being human is not always easy. We are complex, emotional beings with our own unique stories, traumas and triumphs. These stories are stored in the body. The aim of a 5Rhythms class is to start to unravel these stories and return to a more child-like state of innocence, openness, trust, joy and vitality.


What happens during a class?

Created by Gabrielle Roth, the 5Rhythms is a moving meditation dance practice with no choreography, so essentially anyone can do this. The teacher takes the participant through ‘a wave of music’ comprising of 5Rhythms: flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness.  In a two hour class there will most often be a warmup, where participants are encouraged to stretch, roll, crawl and identify how they feel and then two waves of music which guide you through a physical body scan and into various activities either alone, with a partner or in a group. Each class is completely unique, because, this is, in a sense your creation, and the deeper you are willing to dive into your unconscious, the more gifts will be revealed. It is far more than just a regular dance class. It is a space to be witnessed, to be authentic, to break down, to realise and to grow.

"Waves move in patterns. Patterns move in rhythms. A human being is just that, energy, waves, patterns, rhythms. Nothing more. Nothing less. A dance." Gabrielle Roth

I’m a hopeless dancer! Why should I try it?

Throughout the ages dance has been used as a rite of passage, an initiation, as part of ceremonies and rituals, a way to celebrate life and clear negativity. Increasingly in our society, bombarded with information and technology, we are required to reconnect with body, spirit and breath. 

Research has shown that movement is medicine and that those suffering from physical or mental dis-ease have benefited greatly from dancing.

Similar findings in the UK have led to the publication of this study based on 5Rhythms specifically:

Further proof if you still aren't convinced on making 5Rhythms a serious part of your health and wellbeing routine, is this fascinating article which claims dancing without steps makes you smarter!

We are all essentially going through similar challenges, processing similar emotions, resisting similar changes and experiencing similar successes. From this joint visceral experience, on the dance floor, we can learn to come back to the heart, trust ourselves and each other again. In this way we cultivate a sense of community and not being so alone in the world.

“Did you really think this was about the dance?” Gabrielle Roth

Teachers go through rigorous training before they can teach 5Rhythms, unlike some other offerings which require only a week or two of instruction before you can hold a class.

How should I prepare for a class?

  • Wear comfortable clothes you can move freely in

  • Switch off your mobile phone

  • Be prompt for the warmup, to prevent injuries and to get the most out of the initial guidance.

  • Bring plenty of drinking water as we aim to sweat

  • There is a babysitting service for $2 per child for children over 3. Please let me know in advance if you intend to come with children.

  • $20

“If you don’t do your dance, who will?” Gabrielle Roth

“If you don’t do your dance, who will?” Gabrielle Roth

“Between the head and the hands of any given person lies a billion miles of undiscovered wilderness.” Gabrielle Roth

“Between the head and the hands of any given person lies a billion miles of undiscovered wilderness.” Gabrielle Roth