5 Rhythms Dance

5 Rhythms Dance was formulated by Gabrielle Roth in the 1970’s and onwards. She was a very intuitive teacher and healer who recognised the patterns we move in in terms of Rhythms.The Rhythms she named as Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness. They are pretty much archetypal ways of moving that we have and they are also indicative of patterns of being and behaviour.

Moving the body, because the body cannot lie, brings us in close connection with our soul, with our deeper self or energy. When we get frightened we may freeze, tighten up. So when we move we explore becoming fluid and trusting again. That is the essence of the Rhythm of Flowing. When we become rigid in our attitudes, everything has to be ‘my way’, and we become angry when others do not agree, we need to find its shapes in Staccato, bringing with us the fluidity of Flowing and we will melt into the rhythm of the heart. Moving the body, because the body cannot lie, brings us in close connection with our soul, with our deeper self or energy. When we get frightened we may freeze, tighten up. So when we move we explore becoming fluid and trusting again. That is the essence of the Rhythm of Flowing. 

Staccato is the Rhythm of the heart, like a steady Heartbeat and it is an invitation to be clear, to feel the freshness of energy in motion, vulnerability and direction. Staccato can be experienced also like being a container where energy builds and builds until it bursts forth in the creation of the new, which can involve a period of Chaos and letting go. Once the storm of chaos has moved us and moved through us the next Rhythm of Lyrical arises. Lyrical is the sum total of the previous three rhythms, an emerging into perhaps a lighter way of being in the world, of knowing what our Path of Heart is or needs. All thoughts, all emotions are welcome, all of them have an expression, be it light and up or even sad and tearful, as within all that there is a seed of Joy, ’cause its real, no holding back nor pretending…nothing lasts forever, so Lyrical fades away into Stillness, from which all things come, to which all things go. Stillness also emerges, it might show up in shapes the body-mind creates or in a spontaneous walking mediation. Its all good.