Featured Events

Wightman Community Building

5604 Solway Street. Pgh 15217

$25 Pre-Sale until 10.04 – $30 after 10.04

Melissa Michaels, Ed.D. 

First generation 5Rhythms® teacher, soul midwife, and artist, Melissa is the Founder/Director of Golden Bridge and Golden Girls Global — two not-for-profit initiatives dedicated to improving and empowering the lives of diverse people through body-centered initiatory experiences, mentoring, and community action. Her body of work includes the book,  Youth on Fire: Birthing a Generation of Embodied Global Leaders; online moving journeys, including Thresholds; as well as her video narratives of resilient people and communities mobilizing around the world. Melissa’s award-winning film, Twisted Gift shares her dancing journey through late-stage ovarian cancer into health.

For the past 35 years, Melissa has been creating movement-based, cross-cultural educational opportunities to unleash the potential that is available at major life transitions. Her work somatically supports people as they navigate through the narrow passageways of these challenging times. This body of work grew from her decades of guiding diverse young people from self to soul to service through dance-based rites of passage experiences. More than 60 of these young people are now certified SomaSourceleaders — activists, artists, healers, and educators — creating new ways to work within some of the most marginalized communities around the world.

Melissa is devoted to our collective sustainability through the liberation of the creative spirit.

Melissa Michaels, Ed.D.
Dedicated to our Collective Renewal
Through the Liberation of the Creative Spirit

[email protected] 
PO Box 7478, Boulder, CO 80306

Embodied Art Therapies with Alyssa

5RHYTHMS ® – FIRST FRIDAYS at the Wightman Ballroom in Sq Hill

FALL DATES: November 3 / December 1 :: 7PM to 9PM

Address: 5604 Solway Street, Pittsburgh PA 15217 – 3rd Floor Ballroom

Exchange: $20 (pre-registration is encouraged)

SPECIAL EVENT: 5RHYTHMS® – SUNDAY October 22nd – Sessions held with LIVE MUSIC 7PM to 9PM

GUIDED by ALYSSA / INFUSED WITH LIVE MUSIC by Emiliano & Jessica Rosario

Address: 5604 Solway Street, Pittsburgh PA 15217 – 3rd Floor Ballroom


$25 Early Bird

$30 At the Door

(pre-registration is encouraged)

*please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to class start time to register and settle in

What are the 5Rhythms®?

The 5Rhythms comprise simple movement practice designed to release the dancer that lives in everybody, no matter what shape, size, age limitation and experience. To find your dance is to find yourself, at your most fluid and creative level. While the practice itself is the essence of simplicity, it has the power to catalyze deep healing and creative expression. The primary teaching of this work is: If you put the psyche in motion, it will heal itself.

The five rhythms are Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness. They come together to create the Wave, a movement meditation practice. Rather than having steps to follow, each rhythm is a different energy field in which you find your own expression and choreography, thereby stretching your imagination as well as your body. Each rhythm is a teacher and you can expect to meet different and sometimes unknown aspect of yourself as your dance unfolds and your practice of the rhythms deepens over time.

The rhythms are the foundation of Gabrielle Roth’s body of work, a series of healing maps for the body, heart mind, soul and spirit that provide a lifetime of self-discovery and a path to awakening. The 5Rhythms practice starts you on that journey and is the place to which you will always return.

What happens on the dance floor?

In every class or workshop, there is always a wide range of experience in the 5Rhythms- from first-timers to certified Wave ‘aficionados‘. In any given class, the teacher will be following the energy in the room. So, while the essential map is one of five rhythms, the teacher might take the class trough the entire Wave or focus on just one rhythm or one facet of a rhythm.

The rhythms themselves are gateways to literally thousands of different movement landscapes. Like the body, they are alive and designed to catalyzed the dancer’s movement expression in the moment. You are different every time you walk into the room, so is the group and so is your teacher. Therefore, each class holds completely unique possibilities.

Want to learn more, visit 5Rhythms.com.