What is 5Rhythms?

5Rhythms is a movement meditation practice that ignites creativity, connection, and community. It is a path to deepening embodiment.

Why dance?

5Rhythms maps our journey from our head to bodies; to our full sense of being; to our inner peace; to our aliveness; to our free expression; to our capacity to be wholly human.

Weekly classes

How do I sign up for a class?

Weekly classes are on a drop-in basis. Sign up and pay at the door!

What do I need to bring to a class?
  • Water bottle
  • Loose, comfortable clothing (layers recommended)
  • Dancing in bare feet, dance slippers or dance shoes (non-marking sole)
  • Open mind
What language is the class in?

I teach in Finnish and English: most of the time there is someone in class who doesn’t speak Finnish, so I translate some of the instructions.

When is the next class?

Check out this list of upcoming workshops. The full course calendar is here.

How long are the class cards valid for?

Class cards are valid for six months from the purchase date.

I have a physical limitation or injury

The dance can be adapted to suit all levels of physical ability, body types, and energy level. It is possible to dance on a chair or on the floor and to discover rest in movement. Pain and physical limitations do not have to restrict or limit your dance: they can serve as platforms and gateways for learning new ways of moving and being. However you are fully responsible for your own well-being and you attend the class at your own risk.

NOTE: The Theatre academy is not fully wheelchair accessible.

Who can join the class?

Classes are open to adults and teenagers above 15 years of age. All levels of experience are welcome. No special skills or experience is necessary. Come as you are! You can join in at any point during the season: there is always a mixed range of experience from first-timers to seasoned dancers. It is always the right time to show up on the dance floor.

But I don't know how to dance!

You don’t need any previous experience in dance. You don’t need to be graceful, you can be clumsy. You can come just as you are. You do not need to know how to dance or consider yourself a dancer. If you can walk and move your arms, you have hope! You can unearth the dancer that is hiding inside you, just waiting to be discovered. You will be gently but firmly guided to discover your own style of moving, to open your range of movement, and to drop into your body.

Can I bring my child with me?

A baby in a baby carrier can join their care giver in class provided they wear hearing protection. The weekly classes are geared towards adults and teenagers 15 and older. Toddlers and small children really need their own type of class. I’m considering offering family classes in the future. Stay tuned!

How do I pay for the class?

At the door / Drop in: You can pay in cash (please have the correct change ready); most major credit and debit cards; Apple Pay; Samsung Pay; Google Pay; or Enred Ticked Duo and Virike card and mobile payments. Smartum is NOT accepted as payment, neither is Swish nor MobilePay.

What are the terms and conditions for the class cards?

Each class card is for personal use only, not to be shared with others. It is valid for six months from the date of purchase. You can use your class card for Tuesday classes. The class card is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable. The only exception is a long illness or injury: the class card ending deadline may be extended if this has been agreed upon before the ending date of the class card.

I have an acute mental health issue

Dance is an amazing tool for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. There is a lot of cutting-edge research about the significance of dance and embodied practices in for example treating depression. However, having said that, if you are currently living with a mental health problem, we need to consider together the suitability of this dance method in your current life circumstances. Although 5Rhythms is often experienced as therapeutic and healing, 5Rhythms is not therapy and it cannot replace therapy with a trained and registered therapist. I am not a therapist and as a 5Rhythms teacher I am also not in a therapists’ role in my classes or workshops (and neither is a visiting teacher). 5Rhythms can also be experienced as a very strong method and it might bring up strong emotions or sensations – typically, though, this does not occur in a weekly class, because we do not actively work with emotions. Workshops tend to go deeper. But nevertheless it must be considered. Moreover, the dance occurs in a group context, in which I am not able to give individual guidance. If you have recently had a psychosis or if you are currently suffering from schizophrenia, I recommend waiting until you feel stable before you attend a class, and then to get in touch with me before hand, when you do feel ready to come, so that we can ensure the class is safely held for everyone and everyone’s needs are met.

Workshops

Will I have enough energy to dance for a whole day or weekend?

In 5Rhythms everyone moves at their own pace, listening to their own energy level and needs. There are slower phases and more energetic phases in the dance. The Wave, as the foundational structure of this practice is called, creates a very natural arc and momentum for the practice. The structure of the Wave is in itself energising. We also learn to find rest in movement and breath.

Do I have to sign up in advance for a workshop?

Yes. Often workshops fill up quickly, so it’s highly recommended to sign up in advance. If there are spaces left, then it is possible to also sign up at the door. Check the event page here on my website as well as on Facebook: I will post on there if the workshop is fully booked. You can email me or send me a message via my Facebook page to enquire about spaces for a workshop, or to sign up for the waiting list.

Can I attend a workshop for only part of it?

In most cases, you can attend a weekend workshop for the whole weekend, for Saturday & Sunday only, or just for the Friday evening. Please check the event page! It is not possible to just come for one day, or a part of a day, unless this is otherwise stated. The workshop is an entire journey, and if you choose to attend, it is important for both you and the group to be there from start to finish.

I signed up for a workshop. When do I get more information about it?

I will send out an info letter about one week before the workshop. The welcome letter includes the venue location, timetables, what you need to bring, etc.

I have a physical limitation or injury

The dance can be adapted to suit all levels of physical ability, body types, and energy level. It is possible to dance on a chair or on the floor and to discover rest in movement. Pain and physical limitations do not have to restrict or limit your dance: they can serve as platforms and gateways for learning new ways of moving and being. However you are fully responsible for your own well-being and you attend the class at your own risk.

NOTE: The Theatre academy is not fully wheelchair accessible.

Who can attend a workshop?

Waves level workshops are suitable for everyone and open to all levels of experience. Heartbeat level workshops require previous experience of 5Rhythms (at least 15 hours = one Waves level workshop or 7-8 weekly classes). Often the Friday evening of the Heartbeat weekend workshop is an open Waves class that anyone can attend. See the event page for more details!

Cycles workshops require experience in both Waves and Heartbeat. Mirrors workshops require experience in all three, Waves, Heartbeat, and Cycles.

What language is the class in?

Workshops with international teachers are taught in English. The most important instructions can be translated into Finnish if needed.

I teach my own workshops in Finnish, with translation into English if needed.

How do I pay for the class?
  • In advance via my website (either via the event page of the workshop or the web shop). Payment possibilities available: Finnish online banks, credit and debit cards, mobile payments, and Euroloan/Jousto payments.
  • At the door / Drop in: You can pay in cash (please have the correct change ready); most major credit and debit cards; Apple Pay; Samsung Pay; Google Pay; or Enred Ticked Duo and Virike card and mobile payments. Smartum is NOT accepted as payment, neither is Swish nor MobilePay.
When is the next workshop?

Check out this list of upcoming workshops. The full course calendar is here.

I have an acute mental health issue

Dance is an amazing tool for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. There is a lot of cutting-edge research about the significance of dance and embodied practices in for example treating depression. However, having said that, if you are currently living with a mental health problem, we need to consider together the suitability of this dance method in your current life circumstances. Although 5Rhythms is often experienced as therapeutic and healing, 5Rhythms is not therapy and it cannot replace therapy with a trained and registered therapist. I am not a therapist and as a 5Rhythms teacher I am also not in a therapists’ role in my classes or workshops (and neither is a visiting teacher). 5Rhythms can also be experienced as a very strong method and it might bring up strong emotions or sensations – typically, though, this does not occur in a weekly class, because we do not actively work with emotions. Workshops tend to go deeper. But nevertheless it must be considered. Moreover, the dance occurs in a group context, in which I am not able to give individual guidance. If you have recently had a psychosis or if you are currently suffering from schizophrenia, I recommend waiting until you feel stable before you attend a class, and then to get in touch with me before hand, when you do feel ready to come, so that we can ensure the class is safely held for everyone and everyone’s needs are met.

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