5Rhythms with Francis

[“MC1”] friday 19:30, methodist churchtickets – programme

5Rhythms is a simple but profound movement meditation practice designed to release the free, spontaneous dancer that lives in every body regardless of it’s limitations or experience. Rather than having steps to learn each rhythms provides us with a different energy field in which you arrive into your own unique embodiment and expression, thereby stretching and releasing your imagination as well as your body.

In this session we will dance alone, with partners and as a group because in life these 3 levels of relating exist. We allow movement and breath rather than thinking to be the medicine that moves us into an increasingly easier relationship with all of life

Francis has been teaching 5Rhythms since completing his training with Gabrielle Roth in 2005.
He teaches every Monday evening at the Methodist Church in Hebden Bridge from 7.15pm to 9.30.

More info: 5Rhythms , Return to innocence

friday 19:30, methodist church

Biodanza with Noel Watkins

Biodanza Noel[“MC2”] Saturday 11am, Methodist Church   – tickets – programme

Biodanza (dance of life) is a system of human integration (practiced in 53 countries around the world) originally devised in Chile, south America by Rolando Toro Areneda. It uses an eclectic range of music, exercises, dances and group encounter to help us access our emotions (especially our joy) and to be fully in the moment (the vivencia). The sessions stimulate the five lines within us which need to be fully expressed so that we can achieve our true potential and be truly happy. These five lines are vitality, creativity, affectivity, sexuality and transcendence.
A session (vivencia) provides us with a complete work out and relaxation programme for body, mind and soul

Noel Watkins – Biodanza

Noel Watkins is West Yorkshire’s only fully trained Biodanza facilitator and one of only a handful of individuals qualified to train others to be teachers. He is an engaging storyteller and has over 25 years teaching experience in mainstream primary education. He is very passionate about helping others realise their full potential and is committed to the creative process in building sustainable communities of the future.

Nia with Julia Wilson

[“MC4“] Saturday 4pm,  methodist church  – tickets – programme

Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice which invites you to move your body’s way to feel joyful, relaxed and alive. Our dance session will combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts, it is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities.

During my first Nia class I smiled inside from my core! Over the last 8 years it’s been my weekly anchor and brought a lightness and so much fun to my life.

I teach public classes in Hebden Bridge, and it’s a real privilege to offer a weekly class to teachers in a Halifax school on a Friday to help them shake their week out!
Here is a new video describing Nia dance:

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Middle Eastern Dance with Anne Kingston

[“MC3“] Saturday 1:30pm, methodist church – tickets – programme

I have been dancing since the age of 3, ballet in those days (and asked to leave as I was too wild!)  To me dancing is an expression of individuality but can also be very much about the collective (as with folk/group/circle dances). 

With Middle Eastern dance, there is the opportunity to express the aspects of life that connect us to each other, to nature and ultimately to joy.  It offers direct response to how the music moves the individual, a mixture of spontaneity and discipline, an interplay of dark and light, sharp and soft, fast and slow.

My workshops and performances have a strong emphasis on pleasure – fun, laughter, enjoyment, learning, healing and mutual support and encouragement.  When we dance together we connect in an honest natural way, we realise the beauty that shines through all of us. We realise that we all breath the same air, share the same emotions and have a common destiny.

As well as teaching Middle Eastern dance throughout the UK for over 20 years Anne also organises trips to the Moroccan Sahara and other areas of Morocco, for dancers, musicians and anyone who wants an adventure. 

Find out more about Anne and her adventures at www.annekingston.com or find her on Facebook annekingston22.

Northern Rascals Workshop with Anna Holmes

[“MC8“] sunday 13:30, methodist church  – tickets – programme

With an extensive background training in an array of different styles such as modern, ballet, jazz and most notably, contemporary, this class is a combination of all that have influenced me in my dance career; therefore, this has led to the development of my own distinct style. Expect the workshop to be high energy, as we delve in and out of the floor and up in to the sky, all set to the background of great music. In this class for teenagers and young adults, I welcome people with all varying levels of experience of the form, including beginners.

Previous dance experience is preferable but not necessary! Just bring an openness and trust in the capacity of your body as we follow a series of exercises and set material from my own company. I am passionate in helping as many people connect with dance as possible.

So be brave and come join us!

Tammurriata – Southern Italian with Filomena Ianni

Sunday 16:00, methodist church – book here
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A Traditional dance to the drum (this is the meaning of its name), which makes use of Italian castanets and a frame drum with jingles as the main accompanying instrument.

This is a dance of ancient origins, linked to the seasonal cycles of the land, now danced in coincidence with the Christian festivals, which fall within the same cycles and in many other community gatherings. It’s part of the many types of Tarantellas danced in the South. This particular form comes from the area of Napoli, which is where I am from.

Danced in a group of pairs between any age and gender, it’s fun, wild and beautiful.


Filomena Ianni is both a therapist and a community drum and dance facilitator. I love to bring this dance close to my roots and my heart to festivals and private gatherings alike, anytime!

Find more of my current and past community rhythm work on my FB page Core Beat Drumming & Dancing –  http://allthingsflow.co.uk/the-drum-circle-page/