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There are 2 weekly classes:
Saturdays at SoHo Dance LA & Tuesdays at Yoga Desa
On Wednesday 28 August Kate will start a new weekly class at
SoHo Dance LA, 8pm-9.30pm

If you're new to Kate's classes please read our helpful tips.

Waves: West LA

Every Saturday • 10am-11.30am (doors close 10.20am)
Last Class of the Summer 13 July • Class Resumes 7 September

SoHo Dance LA 1618 Cotner Avenue, Los Angeles, 90025
Maximum capacity for class is 130 dancers. So arrive early

Kate and Tim are teaching this class with an inspired community of dancing explorers. The class is 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 over 13 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.

Single class $25

Parking Help:
Soho Dance LA is located in the Louise Green Millinery Co. building located at 1618 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025. The streets East of Sepulveda do have parking that isn’t time limited, otherwise please mind the signs and meters.

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A weekly drop-in class
Every Tuesday • 8pm-9.30pm (doors close 8.20pm)

Kate’s very final class at Yoga Desa is 9 July
Masayo Benoist  will teach the class from 16 July - 20 August
Then the class will no longer be running

Yoga Desa 120 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, Ca, 90290

The Yoga Desa class invokes night time textures and grooves. Kate and Tim invite you into a dark and bright moving crucible of evolution where we will conscientiously explore the circulation of physical, mental and emotional matter and turn that into creative material. Dedicated and novice dancers blend and find their place in the hum of the dance, in the strum of boundary, in the thrum of discovery. The 5Rhythms are a philosophy, a moving meditation 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. 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.

Due to high amounts of people being turned away at this class, pre-booking is now available.

$25 a class



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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
• Pre-Payment through Eventbrite, cash and check only at Yoga Desa
• Payment accepted with cash and check only for Soho Dance
•• Maximum capacity for The Soho Dance class is 130 dancers. So arrive early. 
• No children under 13 in the classrooms or to be left unattended in the foyer
• Newcomers are always welcome
• Please enter the space in silence
• No phones, shazam, or recording devices - please turn off all notifications and ringers
• 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
• No gum
• This is a drug and alcohol free space
• Each person is responsible for their own well-being and body during the entire class - pace yourself
• Please follow the instructions of the teachers as you might do with a yoga teacher
• If you are new to this class it is natural to feel nervous. When we ask you to take a partner please do and know that we are here to develop boundary skills as much as freedom skills. Take your own authority as to what feels appropriate with each partner
• This is a deep, transformational class. On leaving, please be sure to have fully returned to your body before driving

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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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Introducing Tim Booth

Tim Booth

Class will also 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've been going strong for 34 years having sold over 25 million albums worldwide. Kate & Tim have been together 22 years. They combine a lifetime of creativity, humor and hardcore vulnerability.