5Rhythms Dallas with Mati Vargas-Gibson


5Rhythms Movement meditation

Though the soul is not a thing, it is our beingness, that which gives us being. Its presence manifests in being awake, attentive, energetic, alive. It is the spark of life. - Gabrielle Roth. Maps to Ecstasy

5Rhythms Movement is a practice of Soul. We dance every Wave anew; each dance builds over time and moving with awareness begins to transform our embodiment, our awareness, and our presence. Through the years, it has been a privilege to witness the clear and subtle ways with which these changes happen. When I look out across the dance floor I am often filled with awe and joy as I witness the physical changes in embodiment and the freedom of being and relating that I can see in dancers who keep showing up week after week.  Do you remember the first time I asked you to take a partner? Now we dance together spontaneously and creatively!  Do you remember the first time you felt grounded enough to traverse the whole floor with fluidity and grace, stepping out and trusting your feet?

...our challenge is to become conscious of these Rhythms, to truly experience them, to enter into them. We have to learn to know what rhythm we are in, how to ride with it, how to shift; to sense what rhythms others are in and how the different rhythms are complementary or discordant. We need to discover what rhythm predominates in us -are we a flowing type, a chaotic type? What rhythms characterize the main people in our lives? We need to tune into the undulating rhythms of our days, our weeks, our months, our years." Gabrielle Roth, Maps to Ecstasy

Gabrielle Roth's main mantra was, "Are you disciplined enough to be a free spirit?" and  I completely believe this to be true. Do you have the curiosity to show up to your dance with full attention and to start noticing the amazing changes and openings that come about from moving mindfully and consciously with each and every one of the Rhythms and through a whole Wave?  Do you know how you ground yourself and relax, and flow? Are you able to open hips to heart and direct your movements towards action, creating shapes and angles and change? Are you willing to thoroughly release control in chaos and surrender everything to the beat until you lighten up and taste the freedom of Lyrical, with all its possibility and promise of fully present creativity? Is your dance of Stillness full, empty, alive, a refuge? Can you dance with yourself, meet others fully in the beat, connect with the larger field of us? And, of course, as on the dance floor so in life.... Do these energies and ways of moving translate into your life, your work, your relationships, your creativity and your relationship with the Divine?

Soul's Callings... Are we ready to surrender to our body intelligence and practice letting go and listening to the creative urges and life-giving spark of our Soul's longing?

I hope you join me on the dance floor.... 
In love, in the dance,


FreeStyle – The art of moving into intuitive grace 5Rhythms Movement Series with Mati Vargas-Gibson Five Sundays in June - Mornings 10:30 to 12:30

I recently saw a video interview with Gabrielle Roth speaking on creativity, and her words yet again thoroughly sparked and activated my curiosity and love for this practice. This is my favourite part of dancing, practicing, and living 5Rhythms: moving into freedom and allowing the spirit to feed the soul with new and unexpected creative energy that we can then harness towards new expression, originality, and change.

Everyone can turn their dance practice into art. On the dance floor, at home, in your relations, in all your creations.

If you have a project or an idea or a poem or a painting, anything that is trying to come through you in your own unique way, this will be a great movement laboratory to bring it to life!

I leave you with Gabrielle’s words for inspiration. This is the core and essence of 5Rhythms to me:

“Everything in me was pulling me out of linear thinking, out of the known, the achievement orientation, and into myself, into the nothing...

What I love about creativity is that it puts us into originality, and originality brings us to origins. In a sense, every breath we take is a creative act.

And every time we dip in there and come back out with a voice, it being through dance, it being through paint, it being through cooking, poetry, whatever it is, we are in dialogue with the great mystery; we are in dialogue with the amazing grace that moves us all....

For me, spirituality is taking a deep breath. That’s a spiritual event; and to go with it, to go with it in the inhale, to go with it in the exhale, and to keep that full circle moving.

What has happened in Western Civilization is that by dismembering, or splitting us, body from spirit, we created a void out of which you have to struggle to be creative, you have to struggle to be an artist, it’s not just a given that you, that we are in a body. And, regardless of your art form, where else is it going to happen? If you are in a body, that’s the grounding.

So I guess all of my work has been to embody the spirit. And, on the way to that I discovered that the heart was not embodied either. So: to embody my emotions, to embody my heart, my fears, my angers, my sorrows, my joy my compassion; to embody my mind.

To move into a place of knowing, and not thinking; a place of intuitive grace.

And that is where all creativity comes from: the marriage of instinct and intuition. And these two energies are best nurtured in freestyle form, whether is freestyle writing, freestyle dancing, freestyle painting... we can take on any form, but at some point it becomes a diving board into the language of being, into the language of existence, into our right to party, our right to be here, to be expressive, to be the only one, to be original.

To have this deep dialogue with the great mystery.”

Here is the video

Please bring your originality and let´s enter the mystery together.

Sundays in June 10:30am - 12:30pm
(June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)
Sammons Center for the Arts Dallas

5 Sundays Class Pass $100
Drop in $25

This will be a Series following this creative thread, but also open to drop in dancers.
Get a class pass in advance for the discounted price (this also helps me know we have a group and that I can cover all expenses!)
I would love it if at least 12 people pre-register so we can create group synergy, rent money, and flow!

Help and art wanted!
Let me know if you want to be crew help or create an installation in exchange for dancing.

Register at www.bodyspiritdance.webs.com or send $100 via PayPal to [email protected]

All dances happen at the Sammons Center for the Arts unless noted otherwise.  
Sammons Center for the Arts
Historic Turtle Creek Pump Station
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75219

See you on the dance floor!


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