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Richard Jerram 5Rhythms - Philadelphia Pages

Welcome! Browse through this and the next page for more on the 5Rhythms.


On this page:
Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms.
What Happens On The Dance Floor? - How Do I Start
? (Plus a link to More Questions).
I Am Elderly / Disabled: Can I Come?
Workshops & Classes Worldwide.
The Philadelphia Scene.
Philadelphia Teachers.
The Levels Of The Work.


A huge range of people all over the world dance the 5Rhythms on a regular basis:- young, middle-aged, old; adults & children; the rich and famous; women in prison, folks in wheelchairs, disadvantaged kids in New Haven, orphans in Cambodia; and hundreds of extraordinary ordinary people -all united by the wish to bring more movement and wholeness into their lives, -on the dance-floor and out in the world.

Gabrielle developed the 5Rhythms® through teaching dance to a huge variety of people in the USA and observing how movement could help heal them and heal herself. Theory followed practice when others wanted to learn to do as she did, and she founded the Moving Center Schools and began training teachers. Prerequisites for applying for the Teacher Training include hundreds of hours of dancing the 5Rhythms, including experience of all levels of the work. There are now several hundred teachers of the practice, on every continent except Antarctica -but mainly in the USA and Europe. Deeper levels of the work (The Emotions, The Life Cycle, The Ego) are all founded on the physical practice of moving through The Wave of the 5Rhythms:

the fluid, continuous, grounded glide of our own movements, the letting in -the drinking in- of our own experience.
the percussive, pulsing beat that shapes us a thousand different ways and allows us to let out our true expression.
the rhythm of letting go, releasing into the catalytic wildness of our dance that can never be planned or repeated.
the rhythm of trance, of letting go of letting-go, where the weight of self-consciousness dissolves, and we lighten up and disappear into our own uniqueness.
the quiet emptiness, where gentle movements rise and fall, start and end, in a field of silence: the Rhythm of Letting Be.

Here's a link to a short video


We were all beginners once, so be welcome!

After an Arrival time (when music is playing and we can stretch, move, & let the day drop away) the teacher will be leading the class & following the group energy. In any class there's likely to be a range of experience of 5Rhythms work. Because we are different every time, the class will be different every time and our experience will be different. The essential map is The Wave and you will almost certainly dance through a Wave at least once, though the teaching may focus one Rhythm, one aspect of the Rhythms, or on a specific theme. You'll probably be dancing on your own sometimes, and sometimes with a partner or a group. There'll be music -a wide range- and maybe periods of silence too.

Bring a water bottle so you don't dehydrate. Wear clothes that let you move freely, and have layers so you can adjust for more/less active movement. Bring along some curiosity about yourself & others too!

Go at your own pace.
Be responsible for your own body (stay aware of injuries & limitations).
Keep your eyes open to stay aware of others.
Dance barefoot or in dance shoes only, beware of slippery socks.
Move how you feel -and stay open to changing.
Know that everything that is alive has its dance, and your only task is to find & express yours.
Enjoy yourself! (Excessive seriousness may slow you down).

Click here for answers to More Questions such as IF I CAN'T GET IT WRONG, WHY PRACTICE?


The Monthly MeetUp at Summit in Mt Airy is wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, Studio 34 & UCAL are not accessible for wheelchairs. Both have lots of stairs.

Apart from that, all are welcome. If you think it may be too much for you, first check out Evelyn Robison's story on the 5Rhythms Global site: Go to 'Community' and then 'Cool Elders'.


For more about workshops with Gabrielle Roth or Jonathan Horan, and for details of Classes & Workshops throughout the USA & worldwide, check out the source at 5Rhythms Global ( The site gives access to a huge amount of information, although it is a little unwieldy. You can search for teachers, for classes, and for workshops. Note that locations can be very specific, eg the Washington DC class is in the suburbs in Bethesda Maryland (and if you're traveling abroad you'll find more classes under United Kingdom than under Great Britain!) If you click on a teacher's name, their details will tell you if they have a website: check out a few because they'll all have a different take on the Rhythms & a different flavor!

And you can always dance at home! Put on some music you like and see how the different parts of your body want to move to it.

THE PHILADELPHIA SCENE started several years ago when the dynamic Rivi Diamond (now a 5Rhythms teacher in Israel) got a teacher from the UK over to lead a Workshop. She then got a group going in The Northern Liberties and invited teachers down from New York as well as promoting other workshops. When Rivi left the USA, a group of dedicated tribe-holders took over the organizing and successfully transferred the monthly class to Mt Airy where they continue to take responsibility for it. This MeetUp was created after the move to Mount Airy and most of those who actually dance are not on the MeetUp.

Since Richard moved to Maryland this MeetUp no longer carries information about any classes not taught by him as it is too difficult to update it from a distance.


Richard moved to Philadelphia from London UK in March 2008 and taught widely in the city and New Jersey before relocating in 2012 to Baltimore MD. He still teaches monthly in New Jersey as well as in Baltimore & the DC suburbs.

After working for years in Architecture, Richard discovered the 5Rhythms in 1996 and trained as a teacher 2000-2001. In London he taught open classes and workshops from 2001, a group of seniors from 2000, and a group of chronic fatigue sufferers from 2003. He has also taught on Buddhist & Quaker retreats, and taught in Lisbon & Melbourne.

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Driving Directions to Cherry Hill April 19, 2010 11:43 AM Richard J.
About Richard Jerram 5Rhythms - Philadelphia November 6, 2012 8:56 PM Richard J.

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