Frequently Asked Questions

How do 5Rhythms workshops differ from classes?

“Classes are like maintenance. Workshops are where the real work happens.” - Torie, 5Rhythms DC Dancer

People who have only taken 5Rhythms classes sometimes assume that a workshop must consist of hours and hours of non-stop dancing. This is not the case…

The first hour or two of a workshop will feel a lot like a class.  We will be dancing to warm up the body, loosen the muscles, and get grounded.  After the warmup the teacher will facilitate various exercises -- some individual, some with a partner, some with the whole group.  The exercises vary from workshop to workshop depending on the theme. Some exercises will be movement exercises -- where we put into movement an intention or feeling; some exercises will be verbal -- where we share with one or more people something about ourselves. There will be time to discuss as a group the exercises we have explored. Workshops also include breaks for rest and eating. The schedule for exercises, discussion, etc. will depend on what happens in the group -- the teacher tracks the group energy and makes choices on what exercises to use based on what is happening to the members of the group.

Workshops generally leave participants feeling very grounded, more comfortable in their bodies, more present, emotionally open, and joyful.  Workshops are transformative experiences, and dancers often experience a sense of deep connection with and appreciation for the other dancers who shared the experience.  5Rhythms is a very beautiful way to connect with other people and this is especially true in workshops.

Are children allowed in 5rhythms classes and workshops?

Children under 18 are allowed to attend classes with a parent. 5Rhythms, as a practice intended to increase body and emotional awareness, may be beneficial for children. Parents should understand and agree to the following parameters before bringing children.

  • Ann Kite’s 5Rhythms classes are oriented toward adults. The teaching, facilitation, and musical selections will not be censored on account of children. Parents are encouraged to attend several classes and judge for themselves the appropriateness of class content before bringing a child.

  • Parents are responsible for children at all times — before, during, and after class. Children should not cause a disruption or be a distraction for other dancers.

  • Children are expected to abide by the same rules as adult participants. Talking is not allowed in the dance space. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the dance space.

  • The ears of young children may be more sensitive to loud music than adult ears. Parents are responsible for providing appropriate hearing protection.

  • The prices for admittance of children in classes are listed on the Class Passes page.

The length of most workshops require an attention span that may challenge children. Parents wanting to bring a child to a workshop should contact Ann to discuss the possibility.