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Dance the 5Rhythms in Bethesda

Feb 06, 2014 05:04AM

5 Rhythms, a dynamic dance/movement practice, will be offered by Margaret H. Wagner, a 5Rhythms certified teacher, at Carderock Springs Swim and Tennis Club in Bethesda at 8 p.m., on Friday, February 21.

The 5Rhythms is rooted in the principle that if the psyche is put in motion, it will heal itself. Rather than having specific steps to follow, each rhythm is a different energy field in which people find their own expression and choreography, thereby stretching their imaginations, as well as their bodies.

This form of ecstatic dance was created by Gabrielle Roth, the internationally renowned theater director, recording artist and bestselling author of Maps to Ecstasy and Sweat Your Prayers. It has blossomed into a movement meditation practiced by ten of thousands worldwide.  

In her book Sweat Your Prayers, Roth describes the 5Rhythms as follows, “In Flowing you discover yourself. In Staccato you define yourself. Chaos helps you dissolve yourself, so you don’t end up fixed and rigid in the self you discovered and defined. Lyrical inspires you to devote yourself to digging deep into the unique expression of your energy. And, Stillness allows you to disappear in the big energy that holds us all, so you can start the whole process over again.”

The practice is simple: People move into their dance with the support of a vast world of music that can rock and roll from head to toe, cradle like a soft blanket or transport into trance with tribal pulses. Everyone has a unique fingerprint, and so too does everyone have their own beautiful dance waiting to be experienced and explored.  

Wagner, who primarily teaches in New York City and Connecticut, was a student of the 5Rhythms since 2000 and a certified teacher since 2005. She was also a participant in Open Floor and Dances of Ecstasy, documentaries of Roth’s work. Wagner’s 5Rhythms teaching credits include: core faculty member at Omega Institute (Rhinebeck, New York), faculty assistant at Kripalu (Stockbridge, Massachusetts), visiting faculty fellow at Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, Massachusetts) and teacher at the Greenwich Hospital Center for Integrative Medicine (Greenwich, Connecticut). 

The Bethesda program is open to all, with the cost of $20 cash at the door, $10 for newcomers and $15 for students and seniors, age 65 and up.

Carderock Springs Swim and Tennis Club is located at 8200 Hamilton Spring Ct, Bethesda. For more information, visit or


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