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™ Class
Join Sylvie's 5Rhythms Sweat Your Prayers™ class, 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.
The 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 WITH SYLVIE MINOT
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2022
10:30am - 12:00 pm
Hidden City Ballroom
304 Washington Avenue
(Point) Richmond, CA 94801
*Monthly SDP Members are free to attend
Outreach Facilitator Training
Thurs August 25 - Sun August 28, 2022
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.
Learn more here.
Fall 2022 Shamanic Journey Workshop
This virtual 7-week committed group series will begin in the U.S. on:
Tuesday, August 2, and run once a week to September 13, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm (PST); 8:00 - 10:00 pm (EST) on ZOOM; and
If you live in Australia, your day and time fall on Wednesdays from August 3 to September 14, at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (AEST).
These sessions are 2 hours. Spirit has its timing, so I like to have the flexibility for the end time.
During this in-person individual and communal process, we will dance, journey with the drum, and embody our guidance through movement. We will put the group’s messages into motion by creating embodied tableaux.
Throughout the day, we will honor the worlds of the soul, the animals, the land, and the ancestor’s spirits.
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. Now it is time for us to come together and experience this incredible journey in-person together.
This workshop 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.
New Year Sound Waves Benefit
2022 DATES TBA
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.
5Rhythms Dancing With Ancestors Series
2022 TBA - Coming to Teachable
Join Sylvie Minot for a virtual 6-week 5Rhythms Ancestors series
This series explores our often unconscious family/ancestral patterns with ways to shift and release them.
Through dance, movement, voice/sound, and guided group exercises, we will use each of Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms—flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness—to honor our past and create new pathways for healing.
5Rhythms Ancestors is accessible to anyone interested in transformation through movement and offers an opportunity to tap into the generations of wisdom that live deep within us.
You can purchase the series at a discounted per class rate or join a single class during the 6-week series. For those patrons who participate in the SDP monthly membership program, you can participate for free.
Find out more here.
*Proceeds from our public classes and events help subsidize our many outreach programs for people in recovery, inmates, veterans and the elderly.
“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”
SENIORS IN MOTION
Fall 2022 series TBA
Syzygy Dance Project is committed to improving the overall well-being of seniors in the communities we serve.
The SDP Seniors in Motion program is a class designed to help seniors connect with their bodies, let go of muscle stiffness and allow fluid movement to emerge.
Seniors In Motion is not just a great physical activity for seniors—it’s also a chance for them to socialize while moving their bodies to music.
This class helps seniors to be more relaxed, alert, and connected to the community.
The oldest Seniors 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 seniors, Syzygy Dance Project provides Senior 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 Seniors in Motion is suitable for all seniors, 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 seniors are requesting class play lists so they can do the movements between sessions.
Seniors can contact Jacobson at email@example.com or 973-686-2242 for more information.