Rhythm Is Life
A World of Rhythm at your Feet!
Dance really is for every BODY.
At Heartdancers, we believe that everyone should have access to the life-changing health benefits of dance and movement therapy. We provide weekly live-streamed dance classes and tailored dance therapy programs to support a diverse range of peoples and organisations. Our classes are run by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse dance facilitators to provide a safe, nurturing and inclusive space to learn, play, connect and support the wellbeing of everyone in our community.
We welcome you to join us and support our vision!
See For Yourself! Join Our Weekly Dance Class
- The Weekly Rhythm Is Life Dance Class is currently available online, live-streamed to you via Zoom every Wednesday. You are also welcome to join the class in person at the Harris Community Centre in Ultimo Pyrmont. There is a limited number of in-person spots available and we practice COVID Safe protocols and social distancing to ensure the health and wellbeing of all involved. Please email Janina to register your interest in attending. We would love for you to join us!
We provide a safe and caring environment for people to:
- + Be Creative and Move In New Ways
- + Connect with Mind, Body and Emotions
- + Relax and Be Themselves
- + Be Encouraged, Motivated and Inspired
- + Learn, Smile and Laugh Together!
- + Be Seen, Heard and Valued
- + Develop Understanding and Appreciation for Cultural Differences
- + Discover Dance and Music from around the World
- + Improve Coordination, Memory, Physical Strength & Mental Health
- + Create Shared Positive Experiences
- + Build Community and Combat Isolation
Tailored Dance & Movement Therapy Programs
Rhythm Is Life is a customisable and inclusive program transforming lives through the power of dance.
As well as providing a weekly community dance therapy class, we work with aged care organisations, retirement villages, disability service providers, special needs organisations, mental health clinics, community centres, in-home care and respite services. Our Rhythm Is Life program can be tailored to suit the unique context, needs and preferences of your organisation or community group - including online, face-to-face classes or hybrid formats. The cultural component of our Rhythm Is Life program provides its participants with a unique and inclusive opportunity to learn and experience cultural and traditional dances from around the world. This is part of Heartdancers' vision to foster social cohesion, inclusion, respect, understanding and celebration of the cultural diversity of the Australian community.
Read more about the wellspring of physical, mental, emotional and social benefits that dance has to offer!
Bring Rhythm Is Life To Your Organisation Or Local Community Centre
- Get in touch with us today to discuss your needs and your vision for engaging with our team of experienced dance facilitators. Together, we can create a program that is tailored to meet the health and wellbeing objectives of your organisation or community group. Interested in bringing Rhythm Is Life to your local community centre? We would love to hear from you also.
There Are Many Ways To Support Our Vision
Support Our Dance Facilitators When you donate to our Rhythm Is Life program, you are supporting a team of culturally and linguistically diverse facilitators to deliver dance movement therapy to a culturally diverse group of participants from within the Australian community and people joining our live-streamed class in locations across the globe. Absolutely everyone is welcome to join us! This program nurtures Heartdancers' mission to provide a platform for meaningful cultural dialogue, social cohesion, inclusion and celebration of our different cultures, languages, stories, knowledges, dances, traditions, songs and experiences.
Your support means the world to us!
Every 4-6 Weeks, we explore a new style of dance with our diverse team of dance facilitators, such as: Latin Rhythms, Flamenco, Cumbia, Indian Classical Dance, Bollywood, Indian Folk Dance, African Rhythms, Disco, Hip-Hop and Contemporary Dance! Our classes are suitable for people of all ages and all levels of mobility. Each session begins seated with some slow and gentle warm-up exercises and everyone is encouraged to practice the steps at a comfortable pace and to the best of their ability - no judgement here! Just community-building, hip-shaking, stress-busting fun to be found! To register, please email Janina at [email protected]
Share The Message!Another great way to support us is to spread the word! Let others know about our Rhythm Is Life classes and programs through social media or simply by telling your friends and loved ones. We appreciate the love and support of our community and we couldn't do it without you! Like us on Facebook
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My brain has changed, I'm more optimistic, and have had very happy moments here. It reminds me of my youth when I was dancing rock and roll. I feel very happy to have met you and to come here to dance. And honestly I'd recommend it to anyone. I think these workshops are a brilliant idea, so that people can come and express their energy.
I am 65 years old and live alone so as well as the very important aspect of improving physical health and challenging my memory to follow the dance steps, it also provides valuable social contact for me; I believe this session is very beneficial to myself and all those who attend.
I look forward to your sessions, all encompassing (stretch-outreach-dance-mingle), friendly, and inviting. I am enjoying this opportunity to chat with others and bond with our common and diverse interests.
I’m really enjoying this class. [We learn] different styles of dance. I think I’m hopeless in terms of following choreography but I’m really enjoying this class, I’d love to continue having this kind of classes. I always loved to dance and it’s good to make new friends and meet people, they are lovely.
This is a wonderful class in terms of building community, with all different cultures coming to this class, and we get to know each other...I have a lot of fun...I think it adds immense value to our community and to each person individually.
I’m so enjoying this class. It helps with my health, moving, working my body and my mind. The community here is very helpful for me. It encourages us to be strong. I can come and see many friends. Thank you very much, so helpful.
This class is the highlight of my week!
The class is quite special. I live 1 hour away from here […] I get up early in the morning and get here. Yesterday I was doing mowing. I got really tired. But I’m extremely happy [I’m here]. The instructors are full of energy. For other people I tell you ‘don’t miss the opportunity to come and join us here and connect with each other. I’m very glad to have met so many friends here. Everyone in this class is encouraged with so much love, which means so much for each one of us. Come and join the jolly crowd. It’s amazing the things we can do with our feet, legs and arms that we never do otherwise. My fingers start clinking because I never use these movements. It’s marvellous!
About our Rhythm Is Life Team
Vice President of Heartdancers Charity
President of Heartdancers Charity
Secretary and Cultural Educator
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Rhythm Is Life – Heartdancers Charity