Featured Events


A FREE community gathering of MUSIC AND MOVEMENT dedicated to human unity and healing.

A day honoring all of the bodies, the hearts and minds that have experienced harm and hate.

A dance for those who cannot dance.

Event : 3PM to 8PMDoors open at 2:30 

Register to attend : (participants can join for one event, or stay for as much of the day as they like – all we ask is that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the session you wish to attend)

EVENT SCHEDULE

3PM to 4:30PM  Planetary Dance & Blank Placard Community Installation

(Created by Anna Halprin and shared w. Alyssa by Daria Halprin and Dohee Lee)   Circle Dance Ritual with Ceremonial Drumming 

The Planetary Dance is a ritual of healing and community renewal. It is an invitation to join in a dance for freedom, liberation and  peace. It brings people of all ages and abilities together to “dance for a purpose,” much as people in traditional cultures have danced for a bountiful harvest, a successful hunt, or a happy marriage.

Participants are invited to run, walk, or simply stand in a series of concentric circles, creating a moving mandala. As participants move to the steady heartbeat of the drums, they become one collective body. This is a community dance suitable for families and children are encouraged and included in all aspects of the circle dance.

Blank Placard Community Installation : Wailing Wall (hosted by Sara Feley and Christy Owens)

This piece was conceived as a way to provoke audience participation and active involvement on the issues that matters to people on a personal and collective level. It was inspired by the Blank Placard Dance created in 1970 by Anna Halprin as an arts-based demonstration against the Vietnam War.  

The Blank Placards are Eyes that See and Witness

Ears that Hear the Stories of the People

Hands that Hold and Collect the Stories that the Community Wants to be Told 

4:45PM to 5:30PM  Sound Lounge

A free space immersed in a harmonious blend of melodies curated to enhance cognitive abilities/brain function while soothing the senses. 

NOTE : BYO tea, snacks, blankets, art supplies, journals, etc. 

5:30PM to 6PM Movement Ritual & Vocal Alignment

Led by Alyssa and supported by Jessica, Movement Ritual is an investigation into the intelligence that lies within our bodies that calls to create space, stability, mobility and connection with ourselves in an unorthodox manner. 

Using traditional movement phrases, yet many non-usual exercises taken from modern biomechanics, we target specific joints, muscle groups and bones, habitual movements, and posture to develop a non-judgmental look at ourselves as the object of study. Deepening the understanding of our own movement is the catalyst for awareness and change.

6PM to 7:30PM Dance Lab

A conscious world-dance party to integrate our lessons, our healing, and our joy through the embodiment of free-form movement and dance. Featuring live Back2Back sets with DJ Tala and Sound Body Initiative

7:30PM to 8PM Sonic Journey and Closing Meditations

(lead by Pgh Embodiment Project Team)

Community Members looking to volunteer to support this event please notate in your registration and we will reach out to you directly!

ONGOING OFFERINGS


5RHYTHMS ® at the Wightman Ballroom in Squirrel Hill

FALL & WINTER DATES: February 2 // February 25 // March 1 // March 17 // April 5 // April 21 :: 7PM to 9PM

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

Exchange: $20 (pre-registration is encouraged)

5Rhythms SWEAT with Alyssa

A 5Rhythms Sweat begins with a gentle warm-up and demonstration followed by an unguided Wave where the music moves you and your body is the teacher. 

This Sweat is offered as part of the 5Rhythms Teacher in Training mentorship program.

Alyssa is mentored by Kierra Foster Ba of NYC.

Created by Gabrielle Roth and practiced by tens of thousands worldwide, 5Rhythms® is a philosophy, perspective, performance art and a dynamic movement practice rooted in the principle that if you put the psyche in motion it will heal itself. Movement is both the medicine and the metaphor, reaching across all languages, cultures and age groups to transform suffering into art, art into awareness, and awareness into action. Wherever the 5Rhythms are practiced, a community is born to dance, to sweat, to change, to support, and to provide a safe space for each of us to shatter the ego’s hold and awaken the juicy, unpredictable, fascinating, edge-walking, rock star part of ourselves that yearns to be free. Creativity. Connection. Community.

Arrival Notes:

-Dress in comfortable layers – bring water

-please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to class start time to register and settle in

-Free street parking & small lot to the right of the building

-Take elevator or stairs to the 3rd Floor



PRACTICING THE ART OF COLLECTIVE REST

The Sonic Sound Bath, Restorative Somatic, Cellular Breathing and Guided Visualization Experience returns to our community space in Squirrel Hill.

GUIDED by Alyssa

LIVE MUSIC by Emiliano + Jessica Rosario

By utilizing Breath, Sound Vibrations (pure acoustic & Live Soundscape), Guided visualization and restorative shapes (with yoga props) we lead your body-mind into activating the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS).

When the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) is activated, it slows our heart and breathing rates, lowers blood pressure and promotes digestion. Our body enters a state of deep relaxation, and this relaxation beckons recovery.

The more time we spend in a PSNS state, the healthier we are.

StillPoint Guided Visualization:

By utilizing all of your senses — vision, taste, sound, smell, and touch — we build images in the mind that your body feels are as real as external events versus more traditional guided meditation that is focused purely on the mental state without the addition of whole-body senses.

Promotes relaxation, which can lower blood pressure and reduce other problems related to stress

Guided imagery has many uses.

Manage pain and promote healing

Prepare or process a life event

Lunar in nature, you will tune internally to your cellular level frequencies and invite the soft transmutation of the low level disturbances within that often go unacknowledged.

Slow Down the Tempo.

The StillPoint is suitable for every body and experience level. This is a ‘floor-based’ practice, meaning, your body will relax on the earth, supported by blankets, bolsters and any other softness we can bring to the mat, throughout the practice.

Exchange: Choose Option from Menu in link

$45 : Full Nest (mat, blankets, bolsters and eye mask) – 20 spaces available

$35 :BYON : Bring Your Own Nest – 11 spaces available


Embodied Art Therapies with Alyssa


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.