The power of repetition

We had an interesting and stimulating discussion at the end of class on Monday, which has given me lots of food for thought. The subject was: repetitive movements, and copying/sharing these movements with others.

The question was: What is the point?

That is a very good question, and some elements of answers did emerge in our brief conversation, and then afterwards I thought of a few more things that I'd like to share here, for those who are interested in 5 Rhythms as a practice.

First and most basic point: clear repetitive movement is essentially a staccato practice. It is useful for bringing "something" out from inside us and giving it a shape. The repetition helps us to feel and explore the energy of that "something" and allow it to become more and more clear. When it has done so, it will dissolve/evolve into something else. This is the way of it.

Doing a repetitive movement is a useful fall back for any of us at any point in the wave. If we become aware that we are disconnected from our dance, we can choose to give a shape to the sensation (or lack of sensation) of that moment and keep repeating it until it changes, and then repeat that until it changes, and so on, and it wont be long before we are back once more in connection with our self and our dance, especially if we can give ourselves 100% to this and be generous with our breath.

Simple repetition is also helpful if we are feeling something difficult, maybe something intense or unpleasant. A simple repetitive movement gives us a safe holding structure as we allow the intense or difficult feelings to move through us and be digested and released by our system.

And there is much more to be said about the value of solo repetitive movement. You might tell your story in a comment below. Please share your reflections.

Partner repetition shares this experience with one other. We see the shape/movement of the other dancer and mirror the movement. We will never copy exactly what the other dancer is doing! We can't! Because each dancer is totally unique. What we can do is be the dance of  "I see you and this movement you are offering me. With curiosity and openness I will join you in it. I will bring my whole self into it, giving my feelings and sensations to this structure you have offered me". Then see what emerges out of that.

Tribal repetition is what we call the practice of one person offering a repeating movement and a group of others following. As in partner repetition, it is an acknowledgement and honouring of anothers movement by the group. It is a surrendering of individual "will" to the greater field. Everybody in the group gets the chance to lead and to follow/support. It is an opportunity for all of us to learn how we dance with the roles of leader and follower/supporter. 

Tribal repetition can take us into the unified field, where we can experience ourselves as one unique and irreplaceable cell in a moving breathing body of beauty, where we are accepted, acknowledged and supported in our individuality. For me, this is a true and alive experience of empowered community.

I want to make it really clear that this is NOT about being the "same" as everyone else (how would that be possible??!) This is NOT about encouraging us to be "Sheople", blindly following the strongest and most compelling energy in a given space. This is about how we can evolve as a community, celebrating our individuality and diversity and moving together in greater and greater cooperation. It is a revolutionary practice.

I hope this helps a little towards clarifying "the point" of repetitions. There is so much to say about it, I have just scratched the surface. It wold be great if you would share your point of view too. 

I am looking forward to exploring this and other practices with a group of committed dancers in a closed group in Glastonbury, starting in the Autumn. More news of that to come . . .


Welcombe Wave in Devon this Saturday July 14th, and then I go to  Sweden for SunDance for the rest of the month. 
Glastonbury class: July 16th with Andrew Holmes 
July 23rd with Bernadette Ryder
July 30th NO CLASS in Glastonbury
I'm back in August for 
MoonDance in Bristol Sunday August 5th 
Glastonbury on August 6th, 13th, 20th (NO CLASS AUG 27)
Covering for Bernadette in Bristol on August 7th.
Covering for Sue Rickards in London August 28th.

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5 Rhythms with Jean in June

Hello Everyone!

Greetings and love to all. This post contains info about 5 Rhythms events with me in June. Scroll down to the group/class/workshop you are interested in.


First: a big Thank You to my great team of helpers: Nick, Terry, Justine, Melanie, James, Bruce.
Having missed just one Monday at the Town Hall, it feels like ages, and I am already really excited to be back with you tomorrow night.
After that, I will be missing three mondays in a row! One for the bank holiday (NO CLASS ON JUNE 4!) and then two because I am going away to work at my "day job".
I generally avoid having to miss Mondays for any reason, but there has been less of my day job work for me this year so I have made myself more available for what there is of it, with the result that I will be away on 11 and 18 June. You will be well cared for, as ever, always with qualified 5 Rhythms teachers giving the class. I will also be gone for three Mondays in July while I'm at SunDance. So you have Bernadette, Leigh, Andrew and Neil to look forward to over the next couple of months.
If you ever want to know who is teaching on any given Monday, do check my website


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workshop venue
But I don't want to!!!
For so many of us, while we think we are 100% committed to our spiritual awakening and 100% engaging with the path and desire totally to dance our dream awake and know the freedom we sense that will bring . . . we may not be as aware that there is a part of us that really wants nothing of the sort! This can show up as "reasons" not to practice.

Gabrielle Roth made me laugh when she said "There are many reasons not to dance. They have one thing in common: they all suck!"

One thing I love about 5 Rhythms practice is that there is a lot of permission in the space. It is totally fine to show up feeling tired, moody, stiff, in pain, upset, overjoyed, heartbroken, tense, irritable, anxious, smug, self conscious, superior, inferior . . . the list of descriptions of the human condition is endless  . . . What is important is to Show Up. That's all. That's it. Show Up and Let It Move.

On SATURDAY JUNE 9th I am offering the last in my current series of day workshops here at the Court House in Long Sutton TA10 9NE.  This time it's called "DISAPPEAR INTO THE DANCE". It will be an opportunity to "show up and let it move" until "it" has all gone and there is nothing left but the dance; life moving perfectly in, around and all the way through us. 11am-5pm with a break for food rest and quiet in the garden.
Book by sending me an email. £10 deposit/entrance fee then a donation at the end of the day.


moondance altar
Women! The third Bristol MoonDance will take place on SUNDAY JUNE 10 in a NEW VENUE at a NEW TIME!
Room number 12 at St Werburgh's was really sweet, but way too small for where we are heading. Last time it was already overcrowded.
So . . . we are moving to the QUAKER MEETING HOUSE in HORFIELD (300 Gloucester Rd) at the later time of 7.45-10pm. £10. Yes, how weird is that, to be out, late, dancing on a Sunday night? Not weird at all I hope, more like really fantastic and I hope to see many many more of you women there. What we are discovering with the moondance is that we women find a different and precious freedom and release in our dance when it is "just us". Being empowered to be our natural, wonderful and amazing selves is good news for you guys too (trust me on that one) so men: send your sisters, girlfriends, mothers and daughters along!


welcombe mouth 13/5/12
 It's just wrong to put you at the bottom of the list: you dance so strongly in my heart!
I ADORE dancing in Welcombe, North Devon, and I love the group that is forming and consolidating so beautifully. Thank you so much to Kirstie and Pete for the support I feel personally from you and the welcome you offer to everyone. Thank you also to Martine for offering to bring along something yummy for us to eat with our cuppa after our next wave on SATURDAY JUNE 16. Kirstie has been baking her delicious brownies and flapjacks for us each month for a year now and we felt it was time for others to get a chance to extend their baking skills! So thanks Martine. And if you would like to be the one at a future wave, just let me know!


Jean x x x

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