conscious dance movement practice & therapy
Arjan Bouw 5ritmes 5Rhythms open floor dance dans

Open Floor

Open Floor

Why dance?

When we use the dance to be fully embodied – physically, emotionally, mindfully – it simply means being home for the beautiful ride of being alive. It means we’re present for anything and everything: loving, losing, colliding, learning, creating, connecting, feeling.

To be embodied is to come to our senses. To show up and learn to stay with our experience whether it’s good or bad. To feel our power and to make things happen in our world.

When we live an embodied life we are fluid, flexible, and free to

experience all of the wild and subtle moments that go by, the ones that are

heavenly and the ones that drop us to our knees. To be embodied is to arrive at death in peace, free of regret for having missed our life because we weren’t home.

About Open Floor Movement

Common Ground

Open Floor Movement Practice is a lively, sweaty, full-on dance inquiry:

– How can we move and include it all – feelings, other

people, thoughts, wild passions, limitations?

– Can we use movement to soften the tight spots in our tender hearts

and stretch our capacity for relationship?

– What happens if we turn old repetitive thoughts into choreography

for creative dances?

We start small, end quiet. We respond to obstacles and mind the gaps.

Ask, how am I now? What’s possible? Find direction. Add fire. Push the limit. Embrace paradox.

There’s an essential movement language we all speak when we take these questions to the dance floor. We call on universal elements that are inherent in any moving body, such as breath, gravity, centering, expansion and contraction. This is the common ground that all embodiment practices share.

Open Floor is where the rubber meets the road – a place for creative focus and loving attention.

Common Sense

Since the beginning of time human beings have gathered to dance. Mindful movement is surging all over the planet because it’s good for us. People who dance regularly have keener minds, greater emotional intelligence, and a calmer presence. Connection, compassion, and communities grow.

In this challenging world, common sense tells us to spend time dancing.

Common Good

The ripple effect is inescapable. One dance can change someone’s day, one act of kindness can inspire a whole community. Students often leave a session able to bring a more generous presence out into the world. We dedicate our work to the common good, to the benefit of all beings.

Common ground.  Common sense.  Common good.

This is what we cultivate on the Open Floor.


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