5Rhythms® with Christopher Boylan


Roots and Wings

It’s a good idea to wear loose comfortable clothing. Layers are good as we’ll get warmer as we move. Most people dance barefoot but if you would prefer to move in indoor shoes, bring them along. Dancing in socks (unless they are grippy) isn’t safe on most dance floors. Some people like to play with wearing different things at classes. If that calls you, go for it! Just remember that we will be dancing and having to hotch up your trousers or pop your boobs back in can really get in the way of your dance!

Drinking water will be available but bringing a bottle is a good idea.

Take responsibility for yourself and respect the other dancers in the space. You don’t have to go anywhere if you don’t want to.

This is a movement practice. Try and keep moving! If you have anything to say during the class, see if you can save it until the end. Chatting can really get in the way of others’ dance AND your own dance.

On the dancefloor

I’m always touched when a newcomer steps through the door and into their first 5 Rhythms class. Everyone has their own reason for coming. Most of us will be a little shy or apprehensive. We might feel self-conscious or nervous. It’s all very natural!

Try to be true to what is going on for you. You don’t have to be anything other than who you are. Come over and say hello! You are welcome.

Classes normally start with a “warm-up” period, there will be music playing. Settle in and see how it moves you and move with it. The other people there will be there to dance. No-one will be judging you; in the unlikely event that they are - it’s their problem!

Following the warm-up, the teacher will guide you through the class. The teacher is there to serve YOU. It’s your dance, it’s YOUR wave. You already know how to do this. You really can’t get it wrong.

Follow your own energy. The wild raver dance is just as welcome as the totally knackered dance. Be curious, be true to yourself and enjoy!