The Guelph Groove is a volunteer-run community group devoted to dancing as a form of self-expression and inner exploration. We hold our dances to re-connect with our bodies and to explore and release ourselves from our thoughts and emotions, by fully expressing them in our dance. We are guided in this process by music that follows Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms dance philosophy. No experience is required; simply focus on the music and respond to the rhythm.

We are an inclusive community and welcome people of all abilities, genders, orientations, and religions over 10 years of age. Elevator access is available with prior arrangement.

We have a limited number of volunteer positions that include free admission to our dances. Please ask, if you are interested.

About Our Dance
We strive to be our authentic selves in the dance, to connect with the dance floor, to focus on the experience of body movement and non-verbal connections. We dance free of distractions and remain fully present. We encourage ourselves to dance continuously and to embrace each rhythm.

We wish to provide dancers with a safe environment in which to engage in inner exploration. We encourage all dancers to move throughout the room, as it is easier to feel free when not confined to a few square feet on the dance floor. The Groove offers an opportunity to dance without judgement.

A video of a similar ecstatic dance can be viewed here.

Please respect the following dance floor guidelines
• No shoes (dance slippers permitted)
• No talking; turn off cell phones
• No alcohol or recreational drugs
• No perfumes, aftershave or scents
• Permit your fellow dancer to engage in inward-focused exploration if they wish
• Respect others’ dance space and avoid collisions
• No dancing with rigid props or “Contact Dance” when there are more than 15 dancers on the dance floor. We regret having to limit the range of activities; our dance floor is the largest suitable space we have found.

About Our Music
Our music follows Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms wave pattern of Flow, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness. Our music begins slowly, builds in speed and intensity and then eases off and resolves in a meditative conclusion. We encourage our volunteer DJs to play a variety of music from different genres and cultures. The music can be heavily orchestrated or pared down, playful or serious. We try to include a healthy dose of acoustic music and songs with various kinds of drums and other percussive instruments.

Children’s Guidelines
The Groove can be a challenging environment for children. The requirement to refrain from talking and to take other people’s dancing space into consideration obliges children be both mature and interested enough to participate. While children as young as 11 may dance with us, we suggest a minimum age of 13. Dancers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an attentive adult.

We held a family-friendly dance during Culture Days 2016. If we can recruit sufficient volunteers, we would like to host more family-friendly dances. Please contact us if you share this interest.

You can also find us on Facebook.

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected]


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