Capital Connection Waves event comes to The Gallery at Mercer County Community College

Looking for a dynamic new way to train both your mind and body? The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, NJ) recently announced that they will host a 5Rhythms dance meditation experience. The event is facilitated by Megan Kelley, a Trenton-based visual and performance artist, visual arts psychotherapist, and licensed 5Ryhthms educator. Bill Nobes, Creative Director at House of Robots, is in charge of furnishing the space. The Gallery at MCCC will be transformed through light installation and soundscape to promote connection and fluidity in space.

All persons aged 15 or older are welcome to participate in this transformative experience. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or physical ability. Pre-registration is required, so please register as soon as possible if you are interested in participating. Registration and additional event details are available here: Eventbrite – Capital Connection.

Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and to bring a full bottle of water. Participants are welcome to go barefoot or wear soft-soled dancing shoes, but street shoes and socks are not allowed. This is an unplugged event, so live cell phones and recordings are not allowed. Also, to respect others in the workshop, do not wear strong fragrances and respect the boundaries of the participants around you.

The music starts at 7:15 PM, so it is recommended that participants arrive a few minutes early to stretch and prepare. After a warm-up of 30 minutes there is a short talk and demo. Then it’s time to dive into the main event of the evening!

5Rhythms is a dynamic practice, using techniques from both meditation and dance to create a unique physical and emotional experience. The 5 rhythms are divided into the following categories:

  • Flowing: a state of fluidity in the body; following the flow of one’s own energy to connect with our inner self.
  • Staccato: Rooted in masculine energy, this is a percussive experience designed to connect the participant with their inner warrior.
  • Chaos: chaos is grounded in a complete discharge, letting go and letting your body move. This exercise is meant to ground the dancer in the present and free him to live in the moment.
  • Lyrical: This movement represents rebirth and teaches us to break through harmful patterns and surrender to fluidity.
  • Silence: the final rhythm, silence, is a slow-motion movement intended to induce a state of meditation. Unlike doing nothing, silence is a medium through which our bodies can transform our experiences into true wisdom.

According to Gabrielle Roth, founder of 5Rhythms, “Dancing to the 5Rhythms is about awakening to your most essential nature, expanding your intuition and imagination as surely as your body. It is a formless form, one that expands your range of physical and emotional expression and introduces you to forgotten parts of yourself.” This experience is not only a workout, but also a safe place where participants can shed their egos and awaken something new in us.

This experience comes on the heels of Capital Connection, MCCC’s latest exhibit at the gallery. This exhibit highlights the College’s connection to Trenton, our capital city. The artists featured in this exhibit live and work in our great city, further demonstrating that Trenton is the place to be for emerging artists. The college hopes to use this exhibit to encourage current students to pursue a life in the arts here in the city.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, register as soon as possible. Slots are available on a first come, first served basis. If you want to read more about the 5Rhythms experience, you can check out their website here: 5Rhythms – Home. Whether you’re a dancer or just curious about the process, everyone is welcome for an evening of creativity, connection and community.

Capital Connection Waves event comes to The Gallery at Mercer County Community College

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