Saturday and Sunday Winter / Spring Waves with Elisa

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This winter, and moving into spring, we will dance!  
The classes will focus on resilience, on finding the things that support our well-being and keep us moving forward, on a daily, weekly, monthly, and long-term basis. 
We will dance a 5Rhythms wave every class, where we will experience the map developed by Gabrielle Roth, the founder of the 5Rhythms:  Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness.  In so doing, we will maintain a connection with our grounded and embodied selves.

Saturdays from 4pm-6pm at Studio RAW
Studio RAW is located on the second floor of 1220 Dupont St. M6H 2A4 Look for the black door with the Studio RAW logo on the outside. Please note, this is a walk-up unit and does not have access to an elevator. We apologize for the inconvenience. This location has a sprung floor. We usually dance in bare feet, but if you wear shoes, please wear indoor shoes only. There is free street parking on Dupont, and in the parking lot at the nearby Galleria Mall. It is accessible by the 29 bus from Dufferin station.

Dates: Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, Mar. 4, Mar. 18, Apr. 1, Apr. 15, Apr. 29. 
Sundays from 12:30pm-2:30pm* at the Society Clubhouse Studio
The Society Clubhouse is located at 967 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1A6  (near Dovercourt/College)
The dance space is in the studio at the back.  This location has a hardwood floor.  It is wheelchair accessible. There is metered street parking on Dovercourt Street, and you may be able to find free parking on side streets. It is accessible by the Ossington 63 bus from Ossington station.
Dates:  Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, Mar. 12, Mar. 26, Apr. 9, Apr. 23 
*please note – the Feb. 12th class only, will be from 2:30pm-4:30pm.
Please attend when it is convenient for you.  You can register up to 10 am on the day of each class, or until we reach capacity.  
Society Clubhouse (SUNDAYS 12:30-2:30)
*Please arrive 5-10 minutes before class to change.  Washrooms/Changerooms are located outside of the studio.  You can also arrive early to socialize and have a tea or juice in the Society Clubhouse common area if you like.
Studio RAW (SATURDAYS 4:00-6:00)
Doors will open at 4pm.
*Please arrive on time at 4pm, but do not arrive early, as there is no waiting area.  It is best to arrive wearing your dance clothes, as there is only a single-washroom available for changing.  
For both classes, music will be provided at the beginning of class, for a self-guided 20-25 min warm-up.  Please give yourself the gift and time to experience this part of class. When I think back to my many years in classes, arriving was one of the most memorable parts of class, when I became present to myself, and grounded in my body.
The warm-up will be followed by a brief opening circle and then a 5Rhythms wave, that will last approximately 1hr, 15 min. We will have a brief closing circle after the wave.
Standard:  $20/class
Supporter:  $25+/class*
Supported:  $15/class
*Tiered pricing is available so that those of us with more can share, and those of us who could use some support can receive it. When you register at the Supporter rate, a portion of your registration fee is applied toward another dancer’s reduced-rate spot. If a lower price will make the classes accessible for you, please register at the ‘Supported’ rate. If you know you want to dance regularly, and these prices are a barrier for you, please email me at for a possible partial scholarship or work-exchange.


I am seeking people who wish to participate as class crew, for a work-exchange for classes.  This role involves arriving 15 minutes early, helping to set-up, greeting people as they are coming in, and staying for 15 minutes after class, to help put things away. During the class, you are a dancer like everyone else, with no crew responsibilities.  The work-exchange is free admission to class on the date(s) that you help out.  You must make a commitment to the class date(s) that you sign-up for, or find a replacement among other crew members. Please indicate your interest on the form below.
Please read the following carefully, to understand our COVID-19 protocols for this class.
Capacity limit (registration capped at 20 dancers)
Rapid antigen testing pre-class 
Masks optional in studio and in common areas
Contact tracing (name and phone number of every participant)

TEST AT HOME: To attend this class, we are asking that you take a COVID-19 rapid test at home in the 2 hrs prior to coming.  You can obtain a free test kit from your local drugstore.  Upon arriving you will sign a sheet saying that you have tested at home. If you have not tested at home we will give you a test and you can find a spot to test yourself on site.

THROAT, CHEEK and NOSTRILS: We ask that all testers swab throat, cheeks, and nostrils as this has been proven as the best way to test for the Omicron COVID variant.

MASKING: Masking is optional in studio and in the common areas of the building.

AIR FILTER: At RAW studio, there will be a filter running in the studio.  At Society Clubhouse, there are ceiling fans.
While no layer of protection is perfect, the above measures work better together than they do alone. If you choose to attend this indoor class, you acknowledge that though we are taking precautions, there is still a risk of contracting COVID-19 as a result of attending, and you are assuming full responsibility for your choice to attend, and any illnesses or injuries that may result.  
If there are any COVID policy changes, they will be communicated to the class at least one week prior to the class.  
Registration will be open until 10am on the day of each class.  Registration will be capped at 20 dancers.  Drop-in dancers will not be admitted to ensure that we do not exceed our class-size and so that class agreements are understood ahead of time.  
You can return to this form to register as many times as you like.  
After you submit your completed form, please send your payment within 24 hours via e-transfer or PayPal to  If I have not received your payment, after 24 hours, your place may be offered to another dancer.


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-waling, rock star part of ourselves that years to be free.


Elisa is passionate about bringing 5Rhythms® to people who crave and want more movement and self-expression in their everyday lives. She has been dancing since the age of 5, dipping her toes into as many movement practices as she could find (ballet, contemporary, hula hoop, yoga, ecstatic dance) and now the 5Rhythms since 2002. She is the founder of Create-Move-Connect, performer and teacher with Truly Connecting Playback Theatre, researcher and community organizer.

Elisa is a certified and accredited member of the 5Rhythms Teachers Association.  All class and workshop hours with Elisa count towards 5Rhythms Teacher Training pre-requisites.

You can find out more about 5Rhythms classes with Elisa at:

All class hours with Elisa count towards 5Rhythms® Teacher Training prerequisites.