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by Natalie Jensen (subscribe)
I love connecting with community, following years of travel to far away places. I believe in sustainability. Intuitive dance, and mind/body practices keep me blissfully healthy. Hoping to share unique people's stories with you.
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5 Rhythms' tribaldance releases the old, invites in the new
In a Restless Dance Theatre, dozens of consciously aware, like minded people will be moved by the changing waves of the 5 Rhythms. They will be invited to find their own unique pulse, that quickens their feet. Their bare soles and bodies begin fluidly in motion, then vibrate to edgy beats, get lost through a tsunami of palpitating sound, rediscover playfulness, and return to a mindful stillness. The simplicity of being present, clear and centred sees the wave then recede from a satiated shore, its expansive energy carried out into the streets of an unsuspecting Adelaide.
Moving with a landscape of changing rhythms
The supreme celebration of 'dance as though nobody is watching'
I experienced the 5 rhythms some months ago, approaching my first 3 hour workshop with some trepidation. I was curious like most newcomers, and unsure of what to expect. But I quickly discovered I was in a sacred space, where I could truly embrace that old concept of 'dance as though nobody is watching'. I was in a room of individuals, some possibly curious like me, some wanting to let go of habitual movement patterns, and others seemingly seeking emotional release in a safe, non-judgmental environment, not entirely unlike I have witnessed in other recent practices which are gaining the recognition of people who crave, and make space for meaningful movement in a distracted life. Currently there are a number of conscious practices like 5 Rhythms, Primal dance, Chakra dance, and Nia Technique amongst others rising to the fore, clearing minds from stuck patterns, freeing bodies from sedentary lifestyles, and uniting the energies of people reignited with the passion for connection.

"Conscious movement like the 5 rhythms leads them back to the fire of ancient rite, where they express themselves, release, have fun, and share intention with each other", according to Madhuma Thompson.

Teacher Madhuma Thompson is drawn to the freedom of 5 Rhythms
Teacher Madhuma Thompson is drawn to the freedom of 5 Rhythms
This 5 Rhythms teacher of 7 years brings many years of mindful movement, together with a long history of meditative practices and her understanding of holistic healing to the space. Her intention for this, her 5th time guiding an Adelaide 5 rhythms workshop, will be to ready participants for letting go. In alignment with the beginning of Spring, her focus is to encourage a ripening and releasing of anything that feels ready to naturally soften and drop away, "and then see what fruit effortlessly emerges".

The 5 rhythms was developed around 40 years ago by Gabrielle Roth who recognized these waves, or internal rhythms of movement in people. Madhuma says, "It is an elegant map. Each rhythm is calling in different aspects of ourselves. Each of those rhythms has different lessons for us, and it is really amazing work, multi-dimensional. It is a truly global movement. You can dance anywhere in the world - Houston, Barcelona, Munich, Tokyo. Wherever I dance there is a familial feeling. It is very tribal."
5 rhythms dancers
Conscious dance and mindful movement is embraced globally

The final weekend long 5 rhythms workshop for Adelaide for 2014, all of which to date have been taught by different interstate teachers, is this Saturday, September 13th at Restless Dance Theatre on Sturt St.(enter from Arthur st).

Some exciting news for Adelaide is that Kat Worth is going to be the first certified 5 rhythms teacher in Adelaide from the end of October. Information about how classes in Adelaide will evolve from October can be found at
In the meantime, if you feel curious about your inner rhythms, the waves that move your body, mind and spirit, go along to meet and learn from Madhuma and enjoy yourself through movement.
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Why? dance, freedom of movement, release stress
When: Saturday 13 September 5-8pm; Sunday 14 September 10am-4:30pm
Phone: 0418438396
Where: Restless Dance Theatre, 234a Sturt St, Adelaide, SA
Cost: $30 Saturday night only; $120 Sunday only; $140 whole weekend. Concession available
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