Samantha and Jeffrey are both members of the 5Rhythms Teaching Association (5RTA) and regularly go back to the floor as students; for personal exploration and to stay current with the global practice.
Samantha St. Claire Lane
Samantha is a mystic mama, a holy misfit, a healing muse, a seeker of truth, a survivor, an empath, a gentle amazon, a bullshit detector and a dedicated vulnerable human. For twenty years, Samantha has been teaching embodiment practices and promoting a sacred laboratory for students to investigate their profound bodies of work through movement. Samantha offers a safe, nourishing container to explore the complexities, vulnerabilities, heights and depths of being awake and alive. Deeply rooted in the Nia Technique® and the 5Rhythms®, Samantha shares her infectious curiosity, permission, fascination and humility in her dance. Samantha lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her Beloved and fellow teacher Jeffrey and their children.
In 2001, I moved to New York City to develop and define myself as a Lighting Designer in the architectural field. Rooted in a dance history of modern dance, dance theater and contact improvisation, I found the 5Rhythms through my contact improv peers early in the chaotic transition to life in the city. It quickly became a practice, and getting to a class every week to move what I could not speak or share in any other way became a priority. On the sweaty high vibration dance floor, I found the tools, a new language of the body that started me on a long healing journey in developing my awareness of Soul. The progression to teaching took a long time, finally calling to me in 2011 in the midst of a workshop breakthrough. What followed has been nothing short of total transformation, completely disorganizing life as I know it, sometimes without gentleness, but always with a profound sense of ease. A potent respect and curiosity for mystery and the truth remains. I hope to share some of what I have learned with you, and to learn together, as I step ever deeper onto the edge and into the void, refining and re-imagining life in this body all the way.
Created by Gabrielle Roth and practiced by tens of thousands worldwide, 5Rhythms is a philosophy, perspective, performance art and a dynamic movement practice rooted in the principle that if you put the psyche in motion it will heal itself. Movement is both the medicine and the metaphor, reaching across all languages, cultures and age groups to transform suffering into art, art into awareness, and awareness into action. Wherever the 5Rhythms are practiced, a community is born to dance, to sweat, to change, to support, and to provide a safe space for each of us to shatter the ego's hold and awaken the juicy, unpredictable, fascinating, edge-walking, rock star part of ourselves that yearns to be free.
Each 5Rhythms Waves class is an opportunity to drop into this dynamic practice of the way energy moves in the body. Through the rhythms of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, and Stillness we will explore the qualities that enable us to access a deeper relationship to the intelligence and freedom of the body.
Using an eclectic mix and variety of soundscapes and beats from all over the planet these deep surging powerful rhythms can be both an invitation to awaken to our truth and an outrageously fun opportunity to move the body and dance. You can't get it wrong. It is for anyone, any shape, any level of fitness, any level of dance-ability. All you need is a body, a pulse, and a willingness to move.
Please wear loose comfortable clothes (layers recommended). Refrain from wearing jewelry or heavy perfume. Wear a soft dance shoe or barefoot and please bring a bottle of water. There is a no alcohol and no drug policy.