The Totnes Dance Collective was formed in 2015 in response to the departure of Jo Hardy, a hugely popular 5Rhythms® teacher who had nurtured an incredibly loyal and active community of dancers in the area of south Devon for over a decade. Jo still teaches as part of the Collective but is no longer able to hold the space every week (she also has teaching commitments in China, Greece, Spain, Germany, Russia and other places further afield).
On Monday nights we currently have local teachers/facilitators offering 5 different practices, 5Rhythms®, Conscious Dance, Movement Medicine, Soul Motion and Music-Led. A schedule of teachers is announced every 2 months with an event held every Monday night at Totnes Civic Hall almost without exception all year round.
Each teacher/facilitator is highly experienced, passionate about what they do and loves living close to Totnes where there is so much enthusiasm and curiosity for movement practice. This growing community is so alive and thirsty for events that the Totnes Dance Collective is able to draw superb guest teachers from around the world including the co-founders of Movement Medicine from Devon and the Founder of Soul Motion from the USA.
The dance community is beautifully eclectic in its age, variety, ability and experience of conscious dance. New faces are welcomed every week and the dedication of volunteers and long-standing teachers is testiment to the incredibly positive feeling generated by dancing together. Most people discover that however tired or grumpy they feel when they arrive, they invariably leave feeling uplifted, connected and peaceful.
Every Monday night you can expect anything between 20-50 fellow dancers finding their own way, sometimes interacting, sometimes solitary. The space allows for a wide spectrum of movement and stillness as well as emotion. All things are received with acceptance and spaciousness, no matter how lively the room may feel.
If you'd like to support and participate in this unique collective by offering your services on the door or in creating one of our stunning 'altered spaces' then we'd love to hear from you.