What is 5Rhythms?weexploreG5Rlogo

5Rhythms is a simple, powerful movement practice, a dynamic movement meditation. The Rhythms are: Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, and Stillness. They are danced in sequence in what is called ‘The Wave’.

Gabrielle Roth formed the 5Rhythms after many years of working with people in dance movement. She saw that often people were more comfortable in one or two rhythms and yet if we are able to move through all five we are able to change patterns in our dance that can also echo changes in our lives.

With its roots in Shamanic traditions, the 5Rhythms is an open form, it is not choreographed, instead we improvise our own dance within the structure of each of the Rhythms. In movement, we explore the fluidity of Flowing, the focus of Staccato, the release of Chaos, the light of Lyrical and the emptyness of Stillness.

“There is a dance only you can do, that exists only in you, here and now, always changing, always true. Are you willing to listen with fascination? If you are, it will deliver you unto the self you have always dreamed you could be. This is a promise.” Gabrielle Roth








Gabrielle Roth (1941–2012)