"If you put the psyche in motion, it will heal itself." Gabrielle Roth

Welcome to the web site of Unfolding Movement, the non-profit organisation that we, Nancy en Edo, set up to communicate our love of the 5Rhythms®. We can't imagine life without this practice, and we gladly bring you into movement, so that you can experience yourself what it can offer to your life. Take a (regular) look at this web site, and don't hesitate to let your body taste one of our classes, and to let us know your experience or discoveries.

The 5Rhythms® are an international movement, started by Gabrielle Roth, an American woman with a passion for dance and how it can be used to free ourselves. We have some twenty colleagues in Belgium, and hundreds world-wide. Therefore we chose to not only publish our own activities on this web site, but also a selection of activities of our (inter)national colleagues, as an example of what is available. You'll also find references to the Belgian and international agendas.

Embodying My Life and Heart

The 5Rhythms® have changed my life. When I look at what’s going on in my surroundings today, be it people with their ways of behaving and interactions, or processes running their course in phases, I always recognise, somewhere in there, a rhythm, a basic emotion or the whole wave. One TV series seems just like an ode to the chaos rhythm, and another is dedicated to compassion and connection (Heartbeat Compassion energy). My life is strongly coloured by the rhythm of Lyrical, but I recently had a few short and enlivening adventures in Chaos, whilst my role at work is principally one of making, delineating and clarifying (Staccato). During a long conversation with a stranger, a week ago, we followed a stream of associations that took us through various subjects (Flowing).

Together with that, my work also gives rise to a lot of emotions in me, such as when I feel that there is something not quite right / a bit off with the IT system which I’m responsible for (Heartbeat Fear energy) or when I am indignant that other people spoil my weekend planning (Heartbeat Anger energy) by shifting an IT release, or when I’m delighted to be able to activate an IT change in a short space of time and without incident (Heartbeat Joy energy). And at home I’m sometimes sad when something that worked well for a long time, finally seems to be no longer useable (Heartbeat Sadness energy). Through the many years of embodying these rhythms and emotions, I can recognise them ever more clearly in my everyday life, and through this., I can deal with them when they occur in myself and my environment in a more conscious and appropriate way. It leads to me having more enjoyment in my life and having less of a feeling of being buffeted around by other people or circumstances.

Nancy and I felt this Summer that we would like to take a step further with the teaching of the exploration of body and heart. We are very happy to announce that we are offering a series of 10 one-day workshops in Diest where we explore the Waves Map as well as the Heartbeat Map in more detail, breadth and depth, each time over the course of a day. So, together with the shorter evening classes you can also get the chance of having a longer bathe in the 5Rhythms® each month. This is set up as a series of linked workshops, a connected whole, but at the same time each workshop can stand independently on its own, so you can feel free to take part in one or several, or the whole series. We can heartily recommend them to you. They could also give you a chance to sense into whether you would like to follow a full 5-day workshop, which we are offering in the summertime in conjunction with PRH (30 July - 3 August 2022).


We have resumed our 5Rhythms® classes, still with some restrictions, like keeping distance and ventilation, but without masks. We now ask you to enrol beforehand, so that we know who will be there and that we can inform you if the class unexpectedly can’t go on. You can find more information about the corona measures for our classes here. After the decision of the Belgian government on 26 November, we decided to cancel our remaining classes of 2021, but we count on resuming our activities as from January 2022.

5Rhythms and Scientific Research

Our colleague Chris is working since half a year in a project: Neurophysiology and 5Rhythms! In collaboration with the faculty Psychology of the Open University they investigate the effect of the 5Rhythms and dance therapy on, amongst others, our brain. Currently, they are looking for 25 dancers who want to participate to this research project (and in exchange they can dance 4 times a 5Rhythms class for free). More information.