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30jun9:15 am- 10:30 amForest Row Open FloorFriday Morning Dance9:15 am - 10:30 am Peter Griffiths HallLocation:Forest Row
30jun10:45 am- 11:45 amArt Cafe10:45 am - 11:45 am Peter Griffiths HallLocation:Forest Row

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Fridaysquirrel

Friday Dancing Peter Griffiths Halloflogo
Forest Row Village Hall
Lewes Rd, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5ES
Friday Mornings 9.15–10.30am
Cost: £10

These classes are an exploration of Open Floor.

How do we use dance to be fully embodied?
How do we make the most of this one short precious life?
This is an exploration in movement using Open Floor key movement principles.
These are all drop-in classes. No need to book. Just come along.
Wear comfortable clothes to move in. Dance barefoot or in soft-soled shoes.

Schedule of the months ahead:
April 7: Open Floor with Sarah Davies
April 14 (Good Friday): * No Class * Easter Pause
April 21, 28 : Guest Teacher: Emma Roberts
May 5, 12, 19, 26: Open Floor with Sarah Davies followed by Art Cafe (see the Calendar for full description of the Art Cafe)
June 2, 9: Guest Teacher (tbc)
June 16, 23, 30: Open Floor with Sarah Davies followed by Art Cafe (see the Calendar for full description of the Art Cafe)
July 7, 14, 21, 28: Open Floor with Sarah Davies followed by Art Cafe (see the Calendar for full description of the Art Cafe)
August – no classes for Summer break, we’ll restart on 8th September

Getting to Peter Griffiths Hall

Peter Griffiths Hall is in the centre of Forest Row with parking in the surrounding area.

Peter Griffiths Hall is round the back of the Freshfield Village Hall. It’s on the ‘Island’ between Tesco’s garage and Lloyds Chemist.


 

G5RlogoSaturday Night Sweat
Next Dance: 6th May

Venue will be either Freshfield Hall, Forest Row or Michael Hall School, Forest Row. If you’re not on the email list for this group, send me a mail and I’ll put you on the list so you’ll get notified of the venue. Otherwise check back here soon or on facebook: 5Rhythms and Open Floor Forest Row 

7.30–9.30pm. Arrive from 7.15pm, doors close at 8pm or earlier if full.

 

This is a guided 5Rhythms Wave, beginners and experienced movers welcome alike.
These are all drop-in classes. No need to book. Just come along.
Wear comfortable clothes to move in. Dance barefoot or in soft-soled shoes.

Cost: £10
Saturday Night Sweat is on the 1st Saturday of the month

 

Getting to Freshfield Hall
Freshfield Hall is in the centre of Forest Row with parking in the surrounding area.

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lovethyeveryone

G5RlogoLove Thy Everyone
St Nicholas Church, Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 3LJ
Wednesday 8 – 10pm
Cost: £10 / £8 concessions

This is a guided 5Rhythms Wave, beginners and experienced movers welcome alike.
These are all drop-in classes. No need to book. Just come along.
Wear comfortable clothes to move in. Dance barefoot or in soft-soled shoes.

We dance in a magnificent medieval church, the oldest in Brighton. It’s an amazing and inspiring space to move in.

No experience required and we welcome movers of all ages and mobilities

Getting to St Nicholas Church
Close to central Brighton it is easily accessed by trains and buses.

Local free & paid parking is available, but it’s a busy residential area.

Please feel welcome to join and use the facebook ‘Love Thy Everyone’ Facebook Group & meetup‘Love Thy Everyone’ Meetup Group


Beginner’s guide

What might be useful to know?

Some information from the Moving Center:

Welcome to the 5Rhythms

The Movement Work of Gabrielle Roth
This might help you dive in and enjoy your first experience in the 5Rhythms

What are the 5Rhythms?

The 5Rhythms comprise a simple movement practice designed to release the dancer that lives in every body, no matter what its shape, size, age, limitations and experience. To find your dance is to find yourself, at your most fluid and creative level. While the practice itself is the essence of simplicity, it has the catalyze deep healing and creative expression.

The primary teaching of this work is: If you put the psyche in motion, it will heal itself.

The five rhythms are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness. They come together to create the Wave, a movement meditation practice. Rather than having steps to follow, each rhythm is a different energy field in which you find your own expression and choreography, thereby stretching your imagination as well as your body. Each rhythm is a teacher and you can expect to meet different and sometimes unknown aspects of yourself as your dance unfolds and your practice of the rhythms deepens over time.

The rhythms are the foundation of Gabrielle’s body of work, a series of healing maps for the body, heart, mind, soul and spirit that provide a lifetime of self-discovery and a path to awakening. The 5Rhythms practice starts you on that journey and is the place to which you will always return.

What happens on the dance floor?

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 possibilities.

How do I start?

1. Go at your own pace.
2. Be responsible for your own body (stay aware of injuries and limitations).
3. Keep your eyes open to stay aware of others.
4. Dance barefoot or in dance shoes only – no socks on the floor.
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 down.)


Information For Beginners From Gabrielle Roth

When you walk onto a 5Rhythms dance floor you may ask yourself?

I’ve just walked in and everyone seems to be doing different things – what are they up to?

They’re warming up. Some people stretch while others just start to dance gently. Often it helps to start on the floor, moving gently and feeling your weight supported. Try to get warm and get moving any way that feels right for you.

What happens after the warm-up?

There will be some instruction from the teacher – sometimes a lot and sometimes very little. Most classes comprise some solo dancing, some partner work and some dance as a whole group. As the name suggests the rhythm and tempo of the music will usually progress through 5 rhythms in a wave from flowing music to staccato (rhythmic music) to chaos and back down to lyrical (lighter music) and stillness (music for moving with the quality of stillness.

What happens if the teacher says “take a partner” and I don’t want to?

The most important thing is to be true to yourself. This might mean thanking but stepping away from a partner or just turning your back. It’s a gift to the other person to be honest with them – and if they feel hurt or rejected this is just more stuff to put into their dance and learn to express and move through.

What if the teacher gives an instruction I don’t feel like following?

If you’re really deeply into your dance or if an instruction feels wrong for you, you don’t have to follow it. On the other hand this is a laboratory of sorts – you are encouraged to experiment trying things that break your patterns. If its unusual for you to try something new then you might go along with the teacher anyhow. If it’s unusual for you to say no, then you might want to try doing so here.

What do I do when I get bored, feel really self conscious, busy-headed or judgemental?

This is a movement meditation and while its great to be totally ‘present’ and absorbed in your own dance, most of us can’t sustain that state throughout. The teacher will offer you different ‘doorways’ into this state but here are a few suggestions in the meantime:
1. Put your feeling into movement – dance your boredom or self-consciousness…. Exaggerate it, get fascinated by it – on the whole really being where you are is the best medicine.
2. Focus on any body part, such as your left elbow, and let it lead your dance. You will find different body parts have very different dances for you and that as your dance becomes stranger and more varied it will absorb you more and more.
3. Connect – find someone else to dance with and focus on them

Some people seem to be having sensual dances together – what’s this all about?

You might see people dancing together intimately on the floor or otherwise. Occasionally there’s some sexual energy between them, other times you’ll imagine there is just because it’s such an unusual sight. This is a practice of presence in which you can express a fleeting attraction without committing to marriage. You should be prepared for connections to change from class to class. Some beginners are broken hearted to find that someone they had an amazing dance with, goes on to dance just as closely with another person. If you do end up feeling rejected, disgusted, jealous etc, we encourage you to try to put those feelings into your dance.

What should I do if someone seems really upset?

On the whole people can handle their own feelings and we don’t advise you try to comfort the crying or soothe the angry. You might actually end up interrupting an important and therapeutic process they are going through. The teacher and crew will keep an eye out for those who might need help.

What if I knock into or hurt someone by accident?

Keep your eyes open when on the move and stay aware so as not to hurt anyone. Even so it may still happen. If it does then you are responsible for them – to check they are okay, to taken them out and apply first aid or get help as needed.