Monday Nights in Stroud

Dawn Morgan - Nick Twilley

Monday evening drop in (5 Rhythms) Sacred Dance Sessions 7.15-9.15pm

£12 or 5 classes not necessarily consecutive £50, student/unemployed £8

Over 25 years Dawn Morgan has studied many different movement practices including the 5 Rhythm with gabriel Roth and an MA in Somatic Education.This class is rooted in the practice of Gabriel Roth's 5 Rhythms dance and incorporates over 25years of varied study and practice creating a movement space of depth, permission, strong holding and focus. physical, gentle, wild, movement meditation, inviting you into alignment; re-membering the body as sacred; body-self, body-heart, body-mind, body-spirit.

All Welcome
For info 01453 750 608

Welcoming newcomers and experienced dancers to Monday evenings at the Space/Lansdown Hall.

Monday evenings are an introduction to and on-going practice of free dance, somatics and the 5 Rhythms.

My intention is to create a class with depth and light heartedness, a space that will nourish us body, heart and soul as we enter Autumn and move towards the Winter. It will have a similar format to many 5 Rhythms classes and will usually include a somatic exercise that takes our attention into the body. (Somatic simply means 'of the living body' and refers to ways of working with the body that invite us to tune in a little deeper to our physicality than we might ordinarily make time and space for).

This work naturally brings a sense of community where we commune with self, other, our dancing community and the spirit of the dance/life itself. This is a mostly wordless place of movement, music and dance. We have the opportunity to become aligned with our natural essential sense of self. This can be at times deeply moving, catalytic, transforming and very ordinary.

For some of us not using words might feel a bit strange at first, for some of us it is a relief and a blessing. It allows us to move and be with our body self in a similar way to a meditation practice, with the added fun of dancing.

When you arrive at the class there will normally be music playing and people will be dancing, warming up, stretching, arriving in the space, getting ready for the teaching part of the evening. This beginning part of the class is very important and sets the atmosphere, preparing for what is to follow. You might want to talk with friends when you arrive, please keep this to a minimum and preferably step outside the dance space so you don't interrupt and distract the dancers or the teacher.

For those of you who prefer a minimum of structure and teacher input, this warm up time is your opportunity to enter your own dialogue with the dance.
Then often we will come together in a circle for an introduction to the evening.
There will usually be a mixture of newcomers and experienced dancers at the class. If it's your first time, I warmly welcome you. I encourage you to thoroughly enjoy yourself and to totally engage with what is on offer. Find out whether or not this is for you. Please be patient with yourself and this practice if and when you feel challenged.

Regular dancers, I warmly welcome you and appreciate the experience and support you bring to the class from the hours you have danced and the many teachers you may have worked with. Please use this space and what I offer as an opportunity to deepen your practice to have fun, to resource yourselves and become present dropping ever deeper into this beautiful practice. I invite you to come to each class with all your experience, yet like a beginner. Please be inclusive of and sensitive to newcomers.

After the opening circle I will usually offer a structured exercise that will lead in to the 5 Rhythms Wave. I will endeavour to balance structure and space so that you get to be 'held' and taught and to be your own guide and teacher. It's working at its best when you can embrace the teaching without loosing your own thread in the dance, whatever is arising in response to your dance or my guidance.

It is great when the class is smooth, enjoyable and easy and you feel in sync with what is being offered. However, as in life this will not always be the case. The invitation is to position yourself so that you can be responsible for what arises in you and use it all as fuel for your dance and your personal growth.

Some information that might be useful for your first sessions (written by Sue Rickards)

This is a simple and potentially profound movement practice and you can't get it wrong. Or right, for that matter - it's a chance to explore for yourself and everyone is welcome, whatever limitations or experience you have.

Usually, though not always, there is time to arrive, when music is playing. Use this time for yourself, to stretch, move, let the journey here drop away. We all use this time differently, depending on what we need. It really helps if people don't chat - it can distract the people around from sinking into their practice - and you into yours.

Wearing socks on smooth floors, chewing gum, etc, can be dangerous, and it's a good idea to remove jewelry and watches, especially if they're sharp or may catch.

Then I or an invited teacher will begin guiding/following - a mixture of teaching the Rhythms and following the energy in the room. Sometimes sessions are easy and comfortable for some people and sometimes not. It all changes - from minute to minute and week to week. Begin to practice staying open to how you feel, whatever it is. Be responsible for the well-being of your body. Drink plenty of water.

I know it can seem unnerving/exciting when you first begin coming. Despite how it looks, not everybody knows everybody - though as time goes by this practice does catalyze our ability to be open and honest with ourselves and one another. There's no rush for anything. Take your time, go with what works for you. We're all different and that's to be honored and celebrated.

People may be experimenting with being loud, big, bold, timid, intimate, self-contained. It's fine to move away from or towards someone - give yourself permission to experiment too - in your own way. Use your respect for other people and their process and expect respect for yours.

Everybody came for a first time. If you can, speak to someone (or two or three) at the end of the session, especially if you notice that you're feeling anything (shy, weird, exhilarated, etc). Ask questions, tell them how you are.

Welcome to this practice.

Classes held at The Space, Lansdown Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1BN.

A map of how to get to The Space