THE WAY OF DANCING AT A DISTANCE....

 

Due to the global pandemic we have postponed all our usual events and co-created a programme of online offerings. Read on for an outline of the current weekly schedule.

You would be really welcome to join us from your home dancefloor; we hope to see you through the digital window and share movement practice in this way. Sending love and breath to you in this challenging time <3

 


 

Dancing Times with us every week...
 

Starting the week with SIMPLY BEING 5Rhythms class with Rich Wiltshire
Monday evenings 19:00-20:30 UK time including a sharing circle.


Wednesday mornings... Breakfast Waves in the Light Lounge with Nikki to start the day with a dance.

 

Wednesday lunchtime THE RHYTHMS CLUB for Over 60’s with Nikki Ashley, a movement class for older dancers. 

 

Thursday evenings, deep rhythm of movement practice at Nu-Movements Online with Christian (until 9th July after which Christain will be taking a break for the Summer)

 

Friday mornings: l i f e s e n s i n g in the heart atelier with Morag for body/presence centred, movement & art practice.

 

Saturday mornings, the dancingTao Community Circle with Sarah and Alex for an embodied sharing space.

Full details for each event below: book in at: bookwhen.com/dancingtao

 

Ticketing is on a sliding scale, with a donation / low-cost option for those that need it. Please pay what you can - whatever you can afford, your generosity is much appreciated.

Timings all London/UK time!

 


*SIMPLY BEING*
with Rich Wiltshire
Monday evenings
19:00-20:30 UK time

including a sharing circle

Simply Being 5Rhythms is an online offering for our changing times. As tension and anxiety rises in our group field our bodies are holding more than ever before.
Moving through a 5Rhythms wave provides a way to connect with our bodies more deeply than we usually would, and through this deeper reconnection alchemise
what’s uncomfortable into spaciousness, and creative healing and insight. Beginners are welcome!

Sponsorship Price: £13
Full Price: £10
Reduced income: £7
Concession: £5
Community Support Price: £2

 

*BREAKFAST WAVES*
with Nikki Ashley
Wednesday Mornings
08:00 - 09.1
5 London time
plus optional sharing circle after

A space to invite the new day into the body.
To find our flow, harness our energy and unite body & breath. To set us up for the day ahead as dancers - awake, grounded and connected in these uncertain times.

Class Starts at 08:00am (with Zoom room open from 7.45 for those needing tech support)
We dance until 09.15 with an invitation to stay for a sharing circle until 09.30 for those who wish to.

Book Here: bookwhen.com/dancingtao
Contribution: Full Price £10 / Lower Income £7 / Concession £5
If you are unable to pay the concession price, or want to contribute more than the full price, you can also make your own donation on the booking page. Thank you!

 

*THE RHYTHMS CLUB*

for Over 60’s 

with Nikki Ashley 

Wednesday Afternoons

14.30 - 15.30 London Time

plus optional sharing circle after

 

A movement class for older dancers - this class is for the over 60's but any age is welcome to join us if you feel called. We use the 5Rhythms as a simple movement and rhythm practice designed to release the dancer that lives in each of us regardless of our age or physical ability. We move to great music with no steps or choreography to learn. No prior experience is needed as there is no one way to dance these rhythms - there is only your way.

Class Starts at 14.30 (with Zoom room open from 14.15 for those needing tech support)We dance until 15.30 with an invitation to stay for a sharing circle for those who wish to.

Book Here:  

Contribution: Full Price £10 / Lower Income £7 / Concession £5 / Donation / No Cost / Silver Rhythms* Mursell Residents

*Silver Rhythms, outreach project of the Rhythms Club, is supported by the Mayor of London’s Stronger Communities Fund

 

*NU-MOVEMENTS ONLINE*
with Christian de Sousa
Thursday evenings until 9th July (then taking a break for the summer) 

19.30 - 21.30 London time
(inc. optional sharing circle at end)

Continuing the legacy of 15 years of weekly sessions on Thursday evenings, Christian is carrying the dance from our new church in Baker Street to the worldwide community online space. Body, breath, music -> movement.
As in the regular class there will be a warm-up, some teaching and a journey into the wave, followed by an optional speaking circle for those who wish to stay and share.

Arrival in the Zoom Room from 19.10
and doors close at 19.45
Dance 19.30 - 21.15, Circle 21.15 - 21.30
Book Here: bookwhen.com/dancingtao

Contribution: Full Price £12 / Lower Income £8 / Concession £5
If you are unable to pay the concession price, or want to contribute more than the full price, you can also make your own donation on the booking page. 

 

*l i f e s e n s i n g - in the heart atelier*
with Morag Donnelly
Friday mornings
08.30am - 10:00 London time

This morning offering is a time to relax and gather with each other, to explore this body/presence centred ,movement drawing practice.
Guided into ways of moving with materials that we have, make or find, the quality of our touch and sensitive response. We can enrich and expand our language of expression and gesture, to be alive and spontaneous to the moment.
Through the play of our hands with marks , music , breath , water and textures of nature, we are encouraged to rest back , to soften , opening to an intimacy with our self and in turn with life. In the smudge , glide , pause and caress .. we empty out as the empty quiet of paper.
No previous drawing experience needed , all welcome.
Pre-registration essential
Limited spaces
Book Here: bookwhen.com/dancingtao

Contribution: Full Price £10 / Lower Income £7 / Concession £5
If you are unable to pay the concession price, or want to contribute more than the full price, you can also make your own donation on the booking page. Thank you!

 

*dancingTao Community Circle*
A embodied speaking space for dancers
Held by Sarah Kelly and Alex Ioannou
Saturdays 10:00 - 12 noon London time

In circle space we support each other to speak and listen from our hearts. There will be time for each person to share how they are doing and what is most present for them in their lives right now. We often find that through listening to others it can help us to also give words and validation to our own thoughts and feelings. Sharing in circle is a very simple practice, yet it can also offer a deep sense of connection and holding. It is a confidential space and there is no obligation to speak - though we do ask everyone to commit to arriving on time and staying until the end.

The circle is by donation
Register here: bookwhen.com/dancingtao
(please note places are limited)



DONATE

Please consider making a donation to our Reach-Out work.

All contributions will go towards our community projects.  

Thank you!

 





CONNECTION

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Current Events

Transmission

TRANSMISSION
“Music is the Healing Force of the Universe” - (Albert Ayler)
CHRISTIAN DE SOUSA
LIVE DJ SET
3rd July 2020

"Music is the Healing Force of the Universe" This quote (an album title) from the seminal jazz player Albert Ayler has always inspired and guided me. A new offering, Transmission grows out of my love of DJing and a desire to create a space where I can share the medicine in a way that is connected but different to the facilitated movement spaces I hold.

Transmission will be a deep radio broadcast, beaming eclectic, fusionary musics - from ambient soundscapes to sonic beat science; world rhythms and soulful roots, deep house & techno, trance alchemy, all laced with spiritual jazz, medicine prayers - and a touch of flow on the mic from yours truly. You're welcome to dance, just listen, meet with others, go for a walk with a smartphone, or find another way to experience it.

We'll start at 8pm UK time and go for around three hours - perhaps longer if the energy is there. There will be a 320K high-quality audio stream and a Zoom room, you can use either or both to tune in. It will be nudging into full moon time and the last night before the UK reopens pubs and restaurants, so an interesting time for a deep dive, digesting what has been and dreaming into what will come... Book in advance or jump in on the night - Bookwhen link and FB event page both in comments.

*THE RHYTHMS CLUB*

*THE RHYTHMS CLUB*

for Over 60’s 

with Nikki Ashley 

Wednesday Afternoons

14.30 - 15.30 London Time

plus optional sharing circle after

A movement class for older dancers - this class is for the over 60's but any age is welcome to join us if you feel called. We use the 5Rhythms as a simple movement and rhythm practice designed to release the dancer that lives in each of us regardless of our age or physical ability. We move to great music with no steps or choreography to learn. No prior experience is needed as there is no one way to dance these rhythms - there is only your way.

Class Starts at 14.30 (with Zoom room open from 14.15 for those needing tech support)We dance until 15.30 with an invitation to stay for a sharing circle for those who wish to.

Book Here:  

Contribution: Full Price £10 / Lower Income £7 / Concession £5 / Donation / No Cost / Silver Rhythms* Mursell Residents

*Silver Rhythms, outreach project of the Rhythms Club, is supported by the Mayor of London’s Stronger Communities Fund

Nu Movements Online
dancingTao Zoom for Life update

It doesn't matter what it is, even if you don't understand it - you can learn to dance with it"
- Gabrielle Roth

 

Dear Dancers,

Feeling you all out there...

Like you and everyone, we're dancing in this new landscape and seeing what we can offer. We've come up with a dancingTao programme adapted to the time of Covid-19 and we would love to welcome you to the virtual dancefloor.

Thursday evening sessions with Christian have been finding their feet already and there's a new booking page live as of now. From next week we have some very special new daytime invitations from Nikki and Morag. Rich is also holding Simply Being on Mondays Ajay offers Pure Rhythm on Tuesdays and there's a Community Sharing Circle on Saturdays held by Sarah and Alex.

A note about money. We need bread to stay afloat as an organisation, so we've brought back ticketing on a sliding scale and your generosity is much appreciated. At the same time, we don't wish to turn away anyone who wants to dance, so we've kept a donation / no-cost option for all events. Please pay whatever you can in your current situation - thank you!

We've also got a new webmaster - welcome and big thank you Mr Matt Shearing, who's been a member of the wider dancingTao collective for a long time.

Love & breath,

Christian, Nikki, Morag, Rich, Ajay, Sarah, Alex, Amy, Matt and the dancingTao CIC


NU-MOVEMENTS ONLINE
with Christian de Sousa
Thursday evenings
19.30 - 21.30 London Time
(inc. optional sharing circle at end)

Continuing the legacy of 15 years of weekly sessions on Thursday evenings, Christian is carrying the dance from our new church in Baker Street to the worldwide community online space. Body, breath, music -> movement.

As in the regular class there will be a warm-up, some teaching and a journey into the wave, followed by an optional speaking circle for those who wish to stay and share.

Arrival in the Zoom Room from 19.10 and doors close at 19.45
Dance 19.30 - 21.15, Circle 21.15 - 21.30

bookwhen.com/dancingtao

Contribution: Full Price £12 / Lower Income £8 / Concession £5
If you are unable to pay the concession price, or want to contribute more than the full price, you can also make your own donation on the booking page. Thank you!

PLEASE NOTE: if you have already made a donation towards the class tomorrow (9th April) - you will need to register via the link above, using the donation option, so that you can access the new Zoom link. Fast-changing times all round!

BREAKFAST WAVES
with Nikki Ashley
Wednesday Mornings from 15th April
08:00 - 09.15 London Time
plus optional sharing circle after

A space to invite the new day into the body.
To find our flow, harness our energy and unite body & breath. To set us up for the day ahead as dancers - awake, grounded and connected in these uncertain times.

Class Starts at 08:00am (with Zoom room open from 7.45 for those needing tech support)
We dance until 09.15 with an invitation to stay for a sharing circle until 09.30 for those who wish to.

bookwhen.com/dancingtao

Contribution: Full Price £10 / Lower Income £7 / Concession £5
If you are unable to pay the concession price, or want to contribute more than the full price, you can also make your own donation on the booking page. Thank you!

l i f e s e n s i n g - in the heart atelier
with Morag Donnelly
Friday mornings from 17th April
08.30am - 10:00 London time

This morning offering is a time to relax and gather with each other, to explore this body/presence centred ,movement drawing practice.
Guided into ways of moving with materials that we have, make or find, the quality of our touch and sensitive response. We can enrich and expand our language of expression and gesture, to be alive and spontaneous to the moment.

Through the play of our hands with marks , music , breath , water and textures of nature, we are encouraged to rest back , to soften , opening to an intimacy with our self and in turn with life. In the smudge , glide , pause and caress .. we empty out as the empty quiet of paper.

No previous drawing experience needed , all welcome.
Pre-registration essential
Limited spaces

Bookings will open soon
Contribution:
Full Price £10 / Lower Income £7 / Concession £5
If you are unable to pay the concession price, or want to contribute more than the full price, you can also make your own donation on the booking page. Thank you!

[P.S. There will also be a later session of ‘lifelines - drawing from life ‘ at 11.30 - 1pm, which is open to previous participants of this work with Morag.]

SIMPLY BEING
with Richard Wiltshire
Monday evenings from 13th April
19:00-20:30 London Time

We are pleased to announce that Simply Being 5Rhythms will be resurrected in digital form from next Monday April 13th on Zoom.

The class starts at 7pm and will be around 90 minutes in length. The first class is a trial run so there will be no cost while we find our digital feet though donations will be open if you feel so inclined.

Register on bookwhen.com/dancingtao (coming soon)

You need to register using this link before the class to ensure a place and once registered you will receive full details

dancingTao Community Circle
A embodied speaking space for dancers
Saturdays 10:00 - 12noon London Time
Held by Sarah Kelly and Alex Ioannou

In circle space we support each other to speak and listen from our hearts. There will be time for each person to share how they are doing and what is most present for them in their lives right now. We often find that through listening to others it can help us to also give words and validation to our own thoughts and feelings. Sharing in circle is a very simple practice, yet it can also offer a deep sense of connection and holding. It is a confidential space and there is no obligation to speak - though we do ask everyone to commit to arriving on time and staying until the end.

The circle is by donation

Register on bookwhen.com/dancingtao

(please note places are limited)

Ecstatic Soul: Nourishment
5Rhythms workshop

a 5hour 5Rhythms Workshop with Ajay Rajani & Nikki Ashley

 

3-5 JULY

STUDIO WAYNE MCGREGOR 
London, E15 2GW

Bookings are now open 

Ceremony
a Movement Medcicine Immersion

a Movement Medcicine Immersion
with Christian de Sousa & MM support
St Cyprian's Church (Friday)
& Colet House (Sat-Sun) 
15th-17th May 2020

Movement
dancingTao monthly sessions

a monthly gathering for embodied practice, using 5Rhythms and Movement Medicine as our core maps, with influences from Taoist and shamanic practice. 3 hour sessions on the 4th Wednesday of every month

The Rhythms Club
5Rhythms class for over 60s & friends

Weekly daytime 5Rhythms movement class for over 60s and over at Mursell Community Hall, Stockwell. The Rhythms Club recommences on 15th January

Deep Rhythm
dancing in Devon

Deep Rhythm is pop-up space in south Devon, held by Christian de Sousa and Jo Hardy. Autumn dates tbc.

Ecstasy Radio
podcast

Ecstasy Radio offers a selection of free mixed waves for movement practice... Click here for home dancing...

Earthdreamers
ecstatic dance meets activism

Earthdreamers is a collective bringing the dance into social, environmental and political activism. Click here for more details

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