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Tata Leban Leads 5Rhythms in Cold Spring at Ascend Studio in February

Jan 30, 2020 07:30PM ● By Marilee Burrell

Tata Leban

Hudson Valley 5 Rhythms will host teacher, artist and dancer Tata Leban at Ascend Studio, in Cold Spring, from 5 to 7 p.m. on February 16. A certified 5Rhythms teacher originally from Tbilisi, Georgia, Laban has been living in New York City since 2005. She offers weekly classes there and in Brooklyn.

“Dance shaped me from the beginning of my existence,” she says. “The 5Rhythms has brought me back to my roots and guided me to rediscover myself fully, by remembering who I am and what is my purpose. The 5Rhythms map has been an invaluable catalyst in my life, which has invoked my free spirit through thousands of wild healing dances.”

Created in the 1960s, 5 Rhythms is a moving meditation in the tradition of trance and ecstatic dance modalities. It explores the concept that life is energy in motion, that everything moves in and out of waves of motion throughout its lifespan. The 5 Rhythms in sequence—flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness—make up a wave. Each rhythm pertains to a different way in which we move, express and understand ourselves. The sequence is designed to allow the dancers to enter a meditative state of being.

“It is truly my calling to share this medicine with others,” Leban says. “My hope is that I can make an impact and pay it forward.”

 Cost: $20. Location: Ascend Studios, 75 Main St., Cold Spring, NY. For more info, visit Hudson Valley 5 Rhythms.

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