24 september 2018 Caroline van de Ven

Throwing a party…

Today is a very special day… my partner just arrived home from his half years journey through Europe and it’s also exactly 25 years ago that we got married…

Reasons enough to throw a party…

We sent out our invitations for a Flower Power swing party, a swing party like 25 years ago; we even managed to track down the DJ from back then, the one who started of that dance party with September by Earth, Wind and Fire… and yes, though he’s a CEO nowadays, he’s also still in business as a DJ once in a while, only playing vinyl. He will join our party again; a party without 5Rhythms, without ET Bodywork and with soul, funk and disco dancing, swinging and celebrating!!!

Amongst all the invitees there’s one woman, who already for some time would like to dance the 5Rhythms with me, but up to now couldn’t find the courage… She has a fear of being ridiculed, when she shows her way of dancing. Once she was laughed at and since then she gets easily frozen, already from the thought of dancing…

She had been struggling with this for quite a while, not daring to participate in a 5Rhythms class and now she received this invitation for our Flower Power swing party…

Her partner was thrilled! He is totally into the sixties and the music of this hippie era. The dress code Flower Power and the prospect of dancing on hippie music all night long brought him over the moon… I teased her, saying she was his ticket to come to the party… she was the one we invited… she of course could bring her partner, but he could not come without her…

A couple of days ago she approached me, with a radiant smile: “I come to your class Sunday”.  At first I thought I misunderstood. “I come to your class. I told my partner about my fear and he invited me to dance with him in the living room. We danced and he showed me some moves and it was so safe and cosy… I come to your class and next week I come to your party”.

I was touched by her words… love and connection were so tangible and there was a huge release in her… this was a different woman standing in front of me…

And yes, Sunday she was in my class… a bit shy at the beginning, drawn into the wave bit by bit; more and more enjoying her dance …

A beautiful prelude for our Flower Power swing party!

 

About the Author

Caroline van de Ven Caroline van de Ven is 5Ritmes® docent en lid van de 5Rhythms Teachers Association (5RTA). Zij werd opgeleid door Jonathan Horan, zoon van Gabrielle Roth, de moeder van de 5 Ritmes®. Voorheen werkte Caroline als fysiotherapeut, klassiek homeopaat en beeldend kunstenaar. Tevens is zij geschoold in Gestalttherapie, lichaamsgerichte therapie, wetenschappelijk medisch onderzoek en diverse dansvormen (klassiek, beat- & jazzballet). Ook deed zij een opleiding Rouwverwerking om mensen in de dans te kunnen begeleiden bij verlies (verlies van een geliefde door overlijden, maar ook verlies van gezondheid, werk, relatie, etc.). Momenteel geeft en organiseert zij 5 Ritmes® lessen, workshops en lezingen. Daarnaast assisteert zij collega’s bij hun workshops in binnen- en buitenland. Haar thuisbasis is in Beek-Ubbergen, vlakbij Nijmegen; van daaruit reist zij graag, ze geeft ook les in Zuid-Limburg en incidenteel in Keulen en Düsseldorf in Duitsland en in Linz in Oostenrijk. Het dansen van de 5 Ritmes®, bewegend mediteren, is haar leefstijl geworden.