FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Classes (Helsinki, Tampere, Turku)

How do I sign up for a class?

Kaikille tunneille Helsingissä, Tampereella & Turussa pitää ilmoittautua etukäteen 1.1.2020 alkaen, uuteen ajanvarausjärjestelmään siirtymisen myötä. Ilmoittaudu viimeistään 1 tunti ennen tanssin alkua.

Ilmoittautumisohjeet

Ilmoittautuminen

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 classes in Spring Term 2020 in Helsinki, Tampere, and Turku here. Classes and workshops are also listed in the new booking system.
How long are the class cards valid for?
Starting 1.1.2020:

Class card for 4 classes: valid for 3 months from purchase date (Helsinki & Tampere) and 4 months (Turku)
Class card for 10 classes: valid for 5 months from purchase date

See all class cards in the new booking system under the Prepaid cards heading.

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?
Starting 1.1.2020: all registrations and payments go through the new booking system. There you can pay with Finnish online banks, debit or credit cards, mobile payments and Euroloan/Jousto.
What are the terms and conditions for the class cards?
Starting 1.1.2020 all new class cards are electronic and stored in the new booking system  (called prepaid cards). During the transition period, the old physical class cards can be used until the expiry date.

The class card is for your personal use only. It is non-exchangeable, non-refundable and non-transferable. Unused classes cannot be refunded or exchanged. Exception with illness or injury: if you are on sick leave from work for over 2 weeks, the expiry date of your class card can be extended, provided you get in touch and agree about it in writing before the expiry date.

The class card is city-specific and is valid for all of Karoliina’s 5Rhythms classes in that particular area.

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. Registration for workshops in January 2020 go through the old calendar and webshop on this website. All other workshop registrations go through the new booking system.
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?
  • Starting 1.1.2020: all registrations and payments go through the new booking system. There you can pay with Finnish online banks, debit or credit cards, mobile payments and Euroloan/Jousto.
When is the next workshop?
Yes. Registration for workshops in January 2020 go through the old calendar and webshop on this website. All other workshop registrations go through the new booking system.
I have an acute mental health issue
Dance is an excellent tool for physical as well as emotional and mental well-being. There is a lot of current research around the benefits of dance in depression, etc. However, despite this, if you have an acute mental health issue, we need to consider if this is the right time and life situation for you to start dancing 5Rhythms. Please contact me before attending a class, so we can discuss your individual needs and situation.

5Rhythms can be experienced as a very strong method, which may not be suitable in all cases. If you have recently suffered from psychosis or you have acute schizophrenia, I recommend refraining from attending an open class until you are in a more stable place. Other special needs like Alzheimer’s or other neurodegenerative disease, severe depression, major physical limitations, Down’s syndrome, etc are more suited to a closed, tailored class than an open class.

Although 5Rhythms is often experienced as therapeutic, it is not therapy and cannot replace therapy with a qualified, licensed therapist. It can supplement and complement. The dance happens in a group context, in which it is not possible to give personal and individual attention. Particularly Heartbeat, Cycles, and Mirrors level workshops contain more difficult material: we dance with the emotions, with family history, etc. Because of the nature of the content of these weekend workshops, they require a sufficiently stable situation emotionally and mentally, an ability to hold yourself and your own process, capability to receive the emotions and physical sensations that may arise, as well as an ability to be a part of a group.

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