This week’s Dance First Insight is from Emma Dance and 5Rhythms!

The 5Rhythms Movement and dance meditation is my life’s work.

I feel privileged to have been able to bring it to diverse communities. It has given me witness to the most profound depth and beauty in the artistic movement enquiry of human experience, both dark and light.

I have been dancing the 5Rhythms movement meditation practice for over 30 years and after diving into the practice for my own self healing from trauma for 10 years, I took the path as a teacher of the practice and trained with Gabrielle Roth the founder, to teach in 2001. Since then, I have travelled to different parts of the Globe and London’s suburbs taking the dance to a wide audience of disadvantaged communities, prison, addiction recovery and youth at risk and children living in the slums in Kolkata India. This disparate range of communities has become invaluable in expanding my teaching skills and insight into all walks of life, keeping me plugged into a reality of human survival where this dance can be of real service.

My background is in the Arts, theatre and visual, my approach to the work of the 5Rhythms is inspired by my passion for the artistic and Soulful threads. I have the privilege of working and collaborating with Lorca Simons with her LiveWire theatre labs. I am currently developing and working with actors in Rome and Naples Italy where I have been developing dancing communities with my producer Massimo Pasante for the past 6 years.

I was trained on Gabrielle Roth’s first heartbeat training which was a two year apprenticeship, qualifying in 2005.

“In the Heartbeat map of the 5Rhythms we discover our emotions as energy, as power, as part of being human. Old feelings that have been locked away in our limbs or caged in our chest begin to shake loose. We get comfortable with feelings. We learn to Love and see how badly we want it and need it.”
Gabrielle Roth

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