home biography rhythms shamanic teaching testimonials on on UK classes Gallery

whats on


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


Tim Booth

When Kate is Away

• Class will be taught by Tim Booth or selected excellent teachers
• Tim is a teacher with over 25 years experience. He is a 5Rhythms teacher, trained in Voice Dialogue Therapy and The Meisner Technique. He is also the singer in the band James. You are in very good hands.


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 5Rhythms® dance 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

“Are you disciplined enough to be a free spirit.” Gabrielle Roth

Tim and I am are starting two back to back classes in this 3,000 sq ft beautiful dance space with our inspired community of dancing lunatics. I recommend that if you are new to the 5Rhythms practice – come to the first class. If you want a deep dive come to both. The 5Rhythms 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 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 your body, heart, mind and soul, bridging into your inner and outer world, whilst co-creating a sense of community and friendships.

When we go to a club or even a party usually the DJ plays one genre of music. With the 5Rhythms, I DJ music across all genres. We may dance a techno groove, followed by a classical waltz, with maybe an aperitif of Tuvan throat singing. I DJ music across all styles 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 armpit, the cock and the cunt. We learn to re-discover the magic of this unique body that we have for this lifetime and how it wants to express itself, to shape itself. There are no steps to learn and every body type 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 the 5Rhythms map, it can take a lifetime to realize that potential.

Tim and I are passionate about the 5Rhythms capacity as a self- empowering tool to reconnect us to our vitality and lust for life. 

Lots of street parking.

Single class $23
Both classes back to back $40

Back to calendar


A weekly drop-in 5Rhythms® dance class
Every Tuesday • 8pm-9.30pm (doors close 8.20pm)
Yoga Desa, 120 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, Ca, 90290

Kate’s last class of the Summer is Tue 26 June -
she will resume teaching on Tue 4 September
Daniela Peltekova will be teaching 3, 10,17 & 24 July
Masayo Benoist will be teaching 31 July to 28 August
Please note: Classes will have to be paid for in cash or check directly to these teachers and the series of 10 will not be applicable.

"Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible." Doris Lessing

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.

$23 a class

Back to calendar


"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

Join the mailing list: