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Every Saturday, 10am

Waves: West LA


Every Saturday, 12noon

Waves: West LA


Every Tuesday, 8pm




Helpful Tips for Newcomers

Please understand this is a practice - we recommend at least 4 classes before you will have an inkling of the scope of the map. We have "practiced" this work for 25 years and are still in the landscape of discovery. Each class is uniquely different, some days we may fly blissfully into trance states on others we may wade through the molasses of our human condition. The practice - is to embody all of it.

• Doors close 20mins after start of each class to create a safe held container
• Payment accepted with cash and check only
• Please wear loose comfortable clothes and layers are recommended
• Please wear a soft shoe or barefoot - no socks on the dance floor
• Please bring a bottle of water
• Please refrain from wearing heavy perfumes or jewelry
• Each person is responsible for their own well-being and body during the entire class. Pace yourself
• Newcomers are always welcome
• No children under 13
• Please enter the space in silence
• No technology or recording devices
• No gum
• This is a drug and alcohol free space


When Kate is Away

Tim Booth• Class will be taught by Tim Booth
• Tim is a teacher with over 25 years experience. He is trained in Voice Dialogue Therapy and The Meisner Technique. He is also the singer/songwriter/dancer in the band James who have been going strong for 34 years having sold over 25 million albums worldwide. Kate and Tim have been together 22 years. They combine a lifetime of creativity, humor and hardcore vulnerability.

Waves: West LA

Kate and Tim will resume teaching the 2 back to back classes on Saturday 8 September

TWO weekly back to back drop-in classes
Every Saturday: Note the new time
• 10am-11.30am (doors close 10.20am)
• 12noon-1.30pm (doors close 12.20pm)

Soho Dance LA 1618 Cotner Avenue, Los Angeles, 90025

Kate and Tim are teaching two back to back classes with an inspired community of dancing explorers. We recommend that if you are new to this practice- come to the first class. If you want a deep dive come to both or the second class. The second class often builds upon the first and may stray closer to the edges of our comfort zones . There is usually more room to dance in class #2.

Our classes are a tool for self-exploration- a place to let go of the baggage, and responsibility of our daily lives, a place to be vulnerable and leave our masks at the door. It is a place of adventure, sweat, trance, intimacy, discipline, passion, presence and tears.It is a safely held space that allows us to recycle any stuff that has been lurking and sticking to the back seat of our body, heart, mind, and soul. Creating bridges into your inner and outer world, whilst co-creating a sense of community and friendships.

Some weeks Kate may teach alone, other weeks, Tim may teach alone, often we will teach together. We each bring other flavors to the banquet. Our styles are different but complimentary.

When we go to a club or even a party usually the DJ plays one genre of music. In our classes we DJ across all genres. We may dance a techno groove, followed by a classical waltz followed by a Tuvan throat singing aperitif. Our carefully chosen music is a prescription to seduce our minds to let go, to let go so that we can discover what stories the body needs to tell, the shoulders, the knees, the armpits, the feet. We learn to re-discover the magic of this unique body we have for this lifetime and how it needs to express itself. There are no steps to learn and every body, shape, and age group is welcome. Anyone can learn to surrender to the dance magic of their own body. It can take up to 10 classes to begin to see the potential of this map. We are passionate about dance’s capacity as a self-empowering tool to reconnect us to our vitality and lust for life.

Lots of street parking.

Single class $25
Both classes back to back $40

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A weekly drop-in class
Every Tuesday • 8pm-9.30pm (doors close 8.20pm)
Yoga Desa, 120 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, Ca, 90290

Kate resumes teaching on Tue 4 September
Masayo Benoist will be teaching until 28 August 

The 5Rhythms are a philosophy, perspective, performance art and a dynamic practice rooted in the principle that if you put the psyche in motion it will heal itself. Movement is both the medicine and the metaphor, reaching across all languages and age groups to transform suffering into art, art into awareness and awareness into action.

The 5R are: Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness- Together they create a wave of energy.Each 5Rhythms class is an opportunity to drop into the first level of the dynamic practice of Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms and to allow your body, heart and mind to be physicalized through your muscles and bones. This class is a disciplined laboratory of enquiry in an intimate dance space.

$25 a class

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"She’s mad but she’s magic. There’s no lie in her fire." Charles Bukowski.
Kate Shela reminds me of the strength it takes to embody vulnerability and truthful expression. Kate’s 5Rhythms dance classes are my gold. Kate guides her dancers beneath the layers, she wakes us from the inertia, from the numbness.
She reminds us- to feel it is to heal it. She asks us: Do you have the discipline to be free?”
Isabel Lucas, Actress

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