5 Rhythms Dance
Dancing the 5 Rhythms is a practice – a dynamic way to both work out and meditate in the same breath. The practice of the 5 rhythms is said by Gabrielle Roth to put the body in motion in order to still the mind. The 5 rhythms (in order) are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness. This dance is a creative, free-form movement practice that increases awareness. It is a safe space where we can explore ourselves: bodies, emotions, minds, and hearts.
Acro Yoga is a blend of acrobatics, yoga & thai massage.
Interfusion Festival’s partner and acro yoga program embraces the trust, play and connection dynamics of the practices facilitated by world known instructors.
Bachata is a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world. Both the music and the dance have been influenced by Cuban Bolero, the Merengue (also of Dominican Republic origin), Salsa and Cumbia. Most of the styling in this dance is from ballroom dance, and show moves like dips are commonly used. The more sensual interpretation of the dance is often expressed with more circular movements and body waves, except when the music has stronger beats, when the dance uses isolations and dips.
Belly dance is primarily a torso-driven dance, with an emphasis on articulations of the hips. Unlike many Western dance forms, the focus of the dance is on relaxed, natural isolations of the torso muscles, rather than on movements of the limbs through space. Although some of these isolations appear superficially similar to the isolations used in jazz ballet, they are sometimes driven differently and have a different feeling or emphasis. Many belly dancing moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso. New belly dancers often report a positive change in their relationship with the body and spirit.
Biodanza is the poetry of human encounter and a safe space where we forge affective links with humanity. “Biodanza is a conspiracy of love” said Rolando. It combines authentic movement, organic music and heartfelt emotion to create a great big party of presence with self, the other and the universe. Biodanza was created by Chilean Rolando Toro in the 60’s and spread to Brazil, Argentina, then onto Italy and the rest of Europe.
Bollywood dance is the dance-form used in the Indian films. It is a mixture of numerous Indian folk & classical dance as well as popular world dance elements. Bollywood dances have evolved as a unique and energetic style.
Learn the history and the art of the tease with a sassy routine filled with bumps, grinds, shimmies, and shakes. Burlesque is an expressive movement art that allows anyone, regardless of status or shape, to unleash their inner tiger and feel as sensual as they really are within.
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It is known for its quick and complex maneuvers, predominantly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins and techniques.
Conscious Sexuality is a practice that connects our higher self to the physical, mental and energetic aspects of deep intimacy. Through safe and progressive exercises, we can facilitate the process of connecting our scared self and highest dharma with acts of love.
Contact Improv (CI) dance is physical collaborative play. In contrast to other partner dances, CI is organized around mutual following of points of contact, instead of being based on formal patterns. In CI, partners mutually follow shifting points of contact, discovering ways to coordinate with each other and themselves through these points. The movement possibilities are vast, yet recognizable movement tendencies emerge. Learning to find what works by mutually following the emerging dance, rather than by trying to control it, is the essence of the practice.
Dance Acrobatics (i.e. Acro dance) is a style of dance that combines dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is a popular dance style in contemporary circus productions such as those by Cirque du Soleil. The acrobatic movements and acts of balance performed in an acro dance are referred to as tricks. A variety of tricks are commonly performed in acro dance, varying widely in complexity and the skills required to perform them. Acro dance tricks may be applied to a variety of different genres of partner social dancing including salsa, swing, bachata and tango.
A fusion of the strong attitude from Hip Hop, with the sexiness of belly dancing or burlesque, Heels is an dance that empowers you to feel as strong and sensual as you truly are inside in a non-judgmental environment.
Hula-Hoop dance combines technical moves and tricks with freestyle or technical dancing. Hooping is part of the greater spectrum of flow arts, which are playful movement arts involving skill toys that are used to evoke the exploration of dynamic, flowing, and sequential movements. This movement, and the related mind/body state, is referred to as “flow”. Technically, hooping is a form of object manipulation and therefore shares some lineage with juggling.
Intimacy Practices allow us to more deeply live in connection with what is divine in each moment. This includes opening the self to senses, emotions and feelings to experience intimacy from that place of openness. Intimacy can take shape in many forms.
Kizomba is an beautiful and sensual dance, besides explosive and contagious, which conquered the world in recent years as a catchy melody and a dance which seduces our souls. Kizomba is for many of the Latin dancers a breath of fresh air, bringing something new and exciting, and perfect for anyone who wants to enter the world of dance due to its softness and easy basic steps, allowing any novice to gradually evolve to more complex steps, and more importantly allowing a beginner to enjoy the pleasure of social dancing much earlier than any other type of dance in pairs.
Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins. Laughter Yoga is combination of deep breathing exercises from yoga and laughter exercises, which oxygenates our body and brain, making us feel more healthy and energetic. We initiate laughter as a body exercise in a group and with eye contact and childlike playfulness. It soon turns into real and contagious laughter for a playful and sacred shared experience.
Mambo, also referred to as Salsa On 2, is originally a Cuban musical form and dance style. The word mambo (“conversation with the gods”) is the name of a priestess in Haitian Voodoo, derived from the language of the African slaves who were imported into the Caribbean. The fusion of swing and Cuban music produced this fascinating Mambo rhythm and in turn created a new sensational dance. Unlike other styles of salsa, Mambo or Salsa On 2 is danced on the second beat of the music (“on 2”), and the follower steps forward on the first measure of the music, not the leader. Mambo emphasizes harmony with the percussive instruments in salsa music, such as the congas, timbales, and clave, since many or all of those instruments often mark the second beat in the music.
Meditation is commonly described as a training of mental attention that awakens us beyond the conditioned mind and habitual thinking, and reveals the nature of reality. Through the ancient practice of Meditation one is able to gain a higher state of awareness of the self and our relationship with the world occurring around us. It is a tool to enhance our natural ability to be more fully alive and present for the richness of each moment of our lives.
Mindfulness is based on intentionally maintaining heightened awareness of internal experiences and the reality occurring around us, non-judgmentally and compassionately. It is shifting away from automatic states where we are distracted and dwelling on the past or future. Instead, it is opening our mind to observe and accept reality in a more inclusive and authentic way. It is intrinsically flowing with daily activities and interactions with heightened connection to the present moment.
Partner Acrobatics involves two or more people, with one person as the ‘base’, lifting, moving and supporting another person as a ‘flyer’. The poses/skills can be static or dynamic and can be practiced one-off, in a sequence, or in a whole show.
Partner yoga is the art of using each other’s body weight and breath to open and warm the body. This is a way for us to use a partner’s strength or body weight to open our bodies in new ways. In all of these practices gravity and loving touch help us to let go of fear and pain. As we learn to listen deeply we can use our power in a sustainable way. This practice includes therapeutic flying as an inverted aerial massage. The base supports the flyer with their legs as the flyer hangs passively. The base uses gravity, stretching and sensitive touch to open the flyer’s upper body. When the flyer comes down they do massage on the base’s warmed-up legs. The session is complete when both partners have given and received, based and flown, inhaled and exhaled.
Pole dance is a form of expressive art that combines dance and acrobatics centered on a vertical pole.
Interfusion Festival’s pole program embraces the sport, art and cultural dynamics of the practice facilitated by world known instructors.
The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. Qigong practice involve a posture (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others.
Salsa dancing mixes African and European dance influences through the music and dance fusions that are the roots of Salsa. Salsa is normally a lead & follow (freestyle) partner dance, although there are other recognized forms. Salsa On 1 tends to be more flashy than the South American forms, with many twists, turns, and even acrobatic aerial moves similar to the Lindy Hop. Often Salsa On 1 is done faster than some other Latin dances, with whirling partner moves, with some sensual moments that are influenced by Argentine Tango and Rumba.
Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Afro Brazilian origin in 2/4 time danced to Samba music whose origins include the Maxixe. Samba is a dance authentic to black/African people in Brazil who brought much of their music and dance culture into Latin America with, them upon arrival into many Latin American countries.
Sound healing technique facilitates shifts in our brainwave state by synchronizing fluctuating brainwaves to a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can influence our brain waves and learn to down-shift our normal consciousness to a state of deep relaxation, and even meditative trance, a space where emotional and physical healing can occur.
Tango is a vibrant and playful dance between two people. It has very rich potential for expression, improvisation and connection and is danced in both modern and traditional styles. It is often described as a passionate dance, because of the close connection partners can have and the character of the music. At the heart of tango (Argentine tango) is the desire to listen to, understand and converse with the person you’re dancing with, through this unique language of dance. In tango there is a ‘leader’ and a ‘follower’. Through the embrace, the leader offers invitations to the follower for where and how to step. The follower decides in what way they will accept the leader’s invitations. Both leader and follower try to maintain harmony and connection through the embrace, and with the music, and so the dance is born.
Tantra is a Sanskrit word that means woven together. Join us in making time for yourself, to awaken, explore and inspire the sacred within.
Interfusion Festival’s tantra program embraces the intimacy, connection and healing dynamics of the practice facilitated by world known instructors.
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage. Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work. Thai massage stimulates the acupressure points in relation to the concept of energy lines in order to provide relief, to stretch and loosen tightened muscles, to release tension and relieve joints. Thai massage leaves you feeling relaxed and energized. Thai massage uses the technique of blocking and releasing the blood flow by applying sustained pressure for around 30 seconds to the areas where legs and arms meet the torso. This is a real circulation booster. When the pressure is released, you suddenly feel a rush of heat as blood floods back along your limbs.
Visualization is the cognitive process of purposefully generating visual mental imagery, with eyes open or closed, simulating or recreating visual perception, in order to maintain, inspect, and transform those images. It often involves consequently observing associated emotions or feelings, with intent to experience a subsequent beneficial physiological, psychological, or social effect, such as expediting the healing of wounds to the body, minimizing physical pain or alleviating psychological pain including anxiety, sadness, and low mood, improving self-esteem or self-confidence, and enhancing the capacity to cope when interacting with others.
West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation.
Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. The practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being, and also a feeling of being at one with their environment.