H. Savino | 01/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is like nothing I have ever seen. It is not structured like a normal workout or dance instruction DVD, although I do use it as a workout because it is such good exercise. However, it goes way beyond that to create a meditative, spiritual experience, uniting the mind and body in a kind of ecstatic dance. The dance is basically free-form, though following certain "rhythms" which are explained in the DVD's introduction. There is a guided narration throughout, which I find inspiring, but we are basically left to move however we feel like moving, so it is a different experience every time. I always end up feeling energized and alive in a way that is hard to describe. The music is energizing and beautiful, and the DVD is beautifully filmed. I only wish that Gabrielle Roth would come out with more DVDs (although she does have a couple of others that are close), because nothing I have found can compare to the experience of this one. Give it a try. I think you will be amazed."
Caiti | 12/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I dance the Five Rhythms on and off myself. In workshops or on my own. I participated in a workshop with Gabrielle Roth herself and also in workshops led by other teachers from her international crew.
So I'd say I know roughly what the practice entails. Except, every time you dance, it is a new beginning, a clean slate, an empty space and you start only with your presence. Nothing else is needed.
I've bought this DVD out of curiosity and I do not regret it. On contrary I'd recommend it to anybody, beginner who never heard of this work or the more seasoned participant. It is nicely done. After all I am a film editor so I think I can judge it adequately. It is beautiful to watch. But mind you, you won't just sit quietly. Your body parts will start moving. Later you can also play only the music, separately.
The DVD captures the feeling and the essence of the "work, dance" very well. It also provides clear enough practical instruction. No, there's no one standing up giving you a long speech. It is all moving all the time. I guarantee that after watching it for the first time you'll be able to start your own practice at home right away. Dare to experiment with your movement and say after me: Yes, I can!
As Gabrielle mentioned herself, one doesn't need a lot of space either. Her New York apartment was not exactly spacious and yet she danced in it, daily.
So there is one risk. After buying this DVD you have no excuse not to dance. But hey, there's a big chance you'll like it. So give it a try! See you on the dance floor!
And no, I didn't get payed for writing this. The Five Rhythms inner circle people will not be able to guess who wrote this review. And I won't tell. I told you what I wanted."