SYZYGY DANCE PROJECT CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
We want to meet you on the dance floor – no matter your fitness level, age, size, or amount of experience!
5Rhythms Sweat Your Prayers
Join this special 5Rhythms Sweat Your Prayers® class with Syzygy Dance Project founder, Sylvie Minot, where you can be led on a journey of self-discovery as participants come together in community.
The class is made up of two waves. The first wave is your time to arrive, let go of your day and settle into your body. During the second wave, we dance more deeply and explore a specific theme.
5Rhythms® is a simple movement practice designed to release the dancer that lives in every physical body regardless of shape, size, age, or experience. While the practice itself is simple, it has the power to catalyze deep healing and creative expression.
The primary teaching of this work is: If you put your psyche in motion, it will heal itself.
The five rhythms are Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, and Stillness. They come together to create a wave. There are no steps to follow. Each rhythm has a different energy and tempo in which we tap into the wisdom of our bodies, bring awareness to the patterns in ourselves and our lives, and find our own individual expression.
Sweat Your Prayers™ is done with minimal guidance or silence. The class is meant as a moving meditation.
SWEAT YOUR PRAYERS IN DECEMBER
SATURDAY, December 9, 2023
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Hidden City Ballroom
304 Washington Avenue
(Point) Richmond, CA 94801
*Monthly SDP Patron Members are free to attend but must
notify interest before 24 hrs to class.
Please take a rapid COVID test the day of the event
Sweat Your Prayers classes can sell out ahead of the event,
please register to reserve your spot as class size is limited.
Holiday Sound Waves Benefit for SDP Programs
SF BAY AREA
December 9, 2023
Location: Hidden City Ballroom
Point Richmond, CA
A benefit for Syzygy Dance Project
Spend a peaceful and rejuvenating afternoon attuning to healing sounds and supporting Syzygy Dance Project's outreach programs*.
Relax into this intimate experience as a diverse array of instruments resonate near your resting body, giving you a direct sense of vibrational healing.
Sound has been utilized across cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing -- promoting deep relaxation, meditative states, renewed energy, heightened awareness and heart-opening.
Sound Waves sessions utilize indigenous instruments from Peru, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, and Native American flutes, drums, and rain sticks. Afterwards, we'll enjoy treats and libations.
All proceeds from this event benefit Syzygy Dance Project's movement programs in Bay Area.
Waves & Wakes: Dancing with Ancestors
April 19, 20 & 21, 2024
Are you ready to explore the unconscious patterns that may be holding you back? Join Sylvie Minot for an immersive workshop that delves into the ancestral and family patterns that shape us all.
Through the power of dance, movement, breath, and guided exercises, you will journey through Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms—flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness—to uncover the wisdom of our ancestors and create new pathways for healing.
5Rhythms Ancestors workshops are open to anyone seeking transformation and growth through movement. Discover the magic within you and connect with the deep wisdom that flows through your veins passed down through generations. Let's dance our way to a brighter future!
Medicine Circle with Sylvie Minot
Circles have been used by many indigenous cultures throughout time as a place for ceremony and transformation.
Medicine Circle weaves ritual, community, movement, sounds and prayer allowing us to reconnect with Spirit.
SDP Founders Sylvie Minot and Wendy Heffner will be offering this powerful work in the US and abroad in 2023..
In Medicine Circle, you dance, and the circle holds the big, small, quiet, loud, joyful, still, cathartic, and everything-in-between dances. We use sound--drums, rattles, bells, rain sticks, and song--to call Spirit back in.
We pray, for ourselves, for others and for the greater whole. Dance and presence are our offerings. Being together in this sacred way is our medicine.
Shamanic Journey Workshop with Sylvie Minot
2024 Series TBD
For over 15 years, Sylvie Minot has been leading Medicine Circle with Wendy Heffner.
During the pandemic, Sylvie found a different way to connect through the spirit world. She started a series called Shamanic Journeying and Movement over Zoom.
The journeys have been very profound during this time of unrest, a time when we need to connect with our guardian spirits and ancestral allies even more than ever.
The journeys have been revealing and healing.
Participants were not just journeying for themselves, but also each other and the world. It is a time to come together and experience incredible journeys together.
This 7-week series is a ceremony to invite in the subconscious and spirit world to assist us. Shamanic journeying bridges humans between the worlds, beyond the five senses, to recover messages, knowledge, and wisdom from our guardian spirits and ancestral allies.
Outreach Facilitator Training with Sylvie Minot
In this intensive 4-day training, you will explore how dance and movement can be used as a powerful resource and tool in working with specific outreach populations (i.e., in jails, recovery centers, hospitals, elder care facilities, and schools).
This work is a dynamic movement practice of being in the body that can catalyze deep healing, connection and creative expression.
During this training you will begin in your own body, allowing yourself to move freely and exploring your innate movement patterns.
You will learn movement exercises, and how to support body movement and energetic attunement with others.
You will learn the practice of regulating and re-grounding while leading a group, integrating voice with authentic movement and exploring confident leadership.
The group will also discuss specific outreach populations, and the challenge of bringing movement classes to groups resistant to or less comfortable with movement.
“I discovered the 5Rhythms movement practice in 2010. In the short years since, it has helped me to completely transform my life.”
“I have a found a kindred community on Sylvie’s dance floor.”
“Sylvie's classes are a wonderful dance experience, integrating movement, fun, self-expression and deep connection (if you wish to) with others in a language we forget to use - physical movement/dance. You definitely don't have to be a good dancer to do this; it's a safe, total acceptance environment. I've been going religiously for 5 years. Sometimes it's the highlight of my week!"
“In sound we are born, in sound we are healed”
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body.
Proceeds from our public classes and events help subsidize our many outreach
programs for people in recovery, inmates, veterans and the elderly.
October 19, 26 & November 2, 16, 30, 2023
Produced by: Life Center Stage and NewBridge Services
- Thursdays at 1:00 pm EST
Syzygy Dance Project is committed to improving the overall well-being of seniors, caregivers and those dealing with chronic pain in the communities we serve.
Facilitated by Sylvie Minot, the SDP & New Bridge Services' Bodies in Motion program is designed to help older adults, caregivers and those in chronic pain connect with their bodies, let go of muscle stiffness and allow fluid movement to emerge.
Bodies In Motion is not just a great physical activity—it’s also a chance for participants to socialize while moving their bodies to music. This class helps bodies to be more relaxed, alert, and participants to be more connected to the community.
The oldest Bodies in Motion participant is 108, and she is a testament to our belief that if we get our bodies moving, no matter our limitations, we can experience the positive benefits of dance.
During every class we see participants’ energy levels rise, smiles return to their faces, and many remark that they experience less pain.
As part of our service to the community, Syzygy Dance Project provides Bodies in Motion classes at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and virtual classes with NewBridge Services in NY. We have also provided classes at the Sausalito Village and the Jewish Home of San Francisco.
NewBridge Services Director of Community Response and Education Beth Jacobson says Bodies in Motion is suitable for all older adults, including those with chronic pain and disabilities, because the movements can be adapted. “I have received nothing but positive feedback from participants,” said Jacobson, adding that participants often request class playlists so they can do the movements at home between sessions.
Those interested in this free program can contact Beth Jacobson at 973-686-2242 for more information.