Dance Forms/Classes


Below are descriptions of various dance forms as well as teachers and contact info.   Visit the calendar to find out what’s happening, where and when!

Current listings described below include:

  1. 5 Rhythms®
  2. Authentic Movement
  3. Contact Improv
  4. Ecstatic Dance
  5. Embody Freedom
  6. Emotion InMotion
  7. JourneyDance
  8. Nia®
  9. Shake Your Soul
  10. We Need To Dance
  11. Yoga Dance
  12. YES Dance

(If you would like to add a listing, email .)

1. 5Rhythms®

The 5Rhythms® comprise a simple movement practice designed to release the dancer that lives in everybody, no matter what its shape, size, age, limitations and experience.  The five rhythms are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness. They come together to create the Wave, a movement meditation practice. Rather than having steps to follow, each rhythm is a different energy field in which you find your own expression and choreography. During a class, a teacher might guide the class through the entire Wave or focus on one rhythm or facet of a rhythm. Visit for more information.

2. Contact Improv

Contact Improvisation is an evolving system of movement initiated in 1972 by American choreographer Steve Paxton. The improvised dance form is based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion—gravity, momentum, inertia. The body, in order to open to these sensations, learns to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. Practice includes rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner.

Contact improvisations are spontaneous physical dialogues that range from stillness to highly energetic exchanges. Alertness is developed in order to work in an energetic state of physical disorientation, trusting in one’s basic survival instincts. It is a free play with balance, self-correcting the wrong moves and reinforcing the right ones, bringing forth a physical/emotional truth about a shared moment of movement that leaves the participants informed, centered, and enlivened.
—early definition by Steve Paxton and others, 1970s, from CQ Vol. 5:1, Fall 1979

Contact Improvisation Jam does not include formal instruction, however there will always be experienced bodies in the room to guide and offer assistance.  All ages and levels of experience are welcome.

3. Ecstatic Dance 

What is THAT?  It is the international evolution in body-mind-spirit Well Being brought here to RI for the first time in the form of a monthly event. It’s music, movement and community woven together to create an opportunity for you to simply let go and allow yourself free expression in a safe, judgment – free environment.  Irresistible music takes you on a rich journey of world beats, house, tribal and ambient electronic rhythms. You may experience flowing states of meditation, profound healing and insights, and the awakening of your inner wild nature! You may dance alone or with others. There is no right way to do it. It’s YOUR dance. Open to people of all shapes, fitness and abilities.

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4.  Emotion InMotion

This workshop facilitates the exploration of emotions through movement, builds community, and (re)connects each person with their authentic (moving) self!  Participants will be guided through movement exercises or improvisational problems that nurture awareness of space, time, and movement invention. Come to dance and develop intuition using both structure and imagination.

Note: please come free of preconceived ideas of what dance is or isn’t, how you should or shouldn’t move. Do come with an open mind and loose clothing that is appropriate for your movement range and what you wish to explore.

For more information contact Jessica @ or visit

5. JourneyDance

JourneyDance is “free dance” with an inner purpose — a loosely led flow that is about finding & exploring your own individual dance.  The “journey” takes you through various energetic centers in the body as you release your baggage, connect with your heart and celebrate your life.  Absolutely no coordination nor flexibility nor dance experience required– this is decidedly accessible to anyone who is interested in movement and/or inner exploration & celebration.

Contact Elizabeth Robinson at or go to for a listing of facilitators around the state & region.

6. Nia®

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.  Nia draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities.

For more information, contact Kelly at .

7. Shake Your Soul

The Yoga of Dance is an experience of dancing from the inside out. In this unique approach to mind-body exercise you discover your soul in motion. In addition to all the traditional benefits of exercise, you experience the added joy of your spirit inspiring you, inspiring your movement and bringing inspiration to your life!

Also your clarity of mind increases as your brain’s motor center, the cerebellum is in full swing. Neuroscientific research points to the power of dance as one of the best ways a way to create mental clarity and health.

8. We Need to Dance

Barefoot, conscious dance and freestyle movement event with crazy good, all over the map music by a seasoned conscious dance DJ. Lights are low, room is warm and cozy, speakers are small — this ain’t no disco, more like church for your body with a bit of preschool thrown in. Come shake out your worries and tank up on joy in this excellent community of kind, silly, welcoming, free spirited, dance loving folks.

9. Yoga Dance

Yoga Dance is a healthy way to exercise but you don’t even know you’re doing it!  You simply have fun. Yoga Dance is a unique and invigorating approach to body-spirit fitness, incorporating elements of movement therapy, Qigong, yoga, and dance.

What are the benefits of “Yoga Dance”?

  • First and foremost, Yoga Dance is fun!
  • It promotes cardiovascular fitness, toning, and flexibility.
  • It relieves stress and tension.
  • Participants can make the class as vigorous or as gentle as they choose.

And because it is so enjoyable, Yoga Dance is a class you will want to return to again and again!



2 responses

  1. We have a 5 Rhythms workshop coming up at Santosha Yoga in Cranston on April 25, 1-5. The teacher is coming down from Boston. Advance registration ($50) is recommended. Info is on the website below under “events.”

    April 14, 2015 at 10:38 am

    • Rebecca Foster

      Hurray– so glad to know 5 Rhythms is coming back to RI. I will add to the calendar. If you would like to be able to update the calendar yourself (or officially listed as a 5 rhythms offering under form), please just let me know!

      April 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm

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