drawn to dance 

is it drawing? is it dance? or is it just life?


Following the success of our first Drawn to Dance 2 day workshop in February, exploring the relationship between drawing and dance, Sarena and I are planning a second workshop Drawn to Dance – Line on 20th & 21 October 2018 and to further develop the idea in a number of weekend workshops and a summer retreat in 2019. Watch this space and please email me if you have any questions, or would like to be put on our mailing list to be kept up to date with developments.

When we dance we express all the colours and hues of our inner life, it becomes an embodied and expressive drawing: our bodies making individual and collective marks, with the space we dance in becoming the canvas. The dance is often a leap of faith into the unknown, an unfolding journey. Drawing is similar if we approach it as a visual dance; an act of touch, where one material meets another, rather than a technical exercise in rendering. Forget about what we think we “can “ or “can’t do” Drawing can surprise, express, delight and unfold in a similar way to dance, if we allow it to.

In this workshop we invite you to explore how to draw with your body in dance and dance your way into drawing. We will explore innovative new ways to move (and be still) within and between these two mediums over the course of the weekend.
No previous experience of either 5Rhythms dance or drawing needed for this workshop, but if you have experience in either or both, it can only add to your palette.

Venue: The Wellbeing Lab, Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park, EH22 1ST
Cost £120 (£100 early bird fee, non-refundable deposit of £60 paid by 6 Dec) Art materials included.
Sat 3rd Feb:    11am – 6pm
Sun 4th:          11am – 4:30pm
To book: sarena@movetobestill.com

We aim to help co-ordinate lifts to Dalkeith Country Park from Edinburgh. Lots of reasonably priced airbnb accommodation in Edinburgh if you are traveling from out of town.

Jenny Smith is a practicing artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. She has over 30 years experience of teaching art including working as a Lecturer at Leith School of Art and for the Education Department at the National Galleries of Scotland. Her own work explores the definition of drawing in its broadest sense. Jenny has a deep, intuitive and playful approach to teaching and holding space. Convinced everyone has creativity, she delights in facilitating it’s emergence and has been dancing 5Rhythmns for several years.

Sarena Wolfaard is a 5Rhythms Teacher accredited by Gabrielle Roth in 2004 and an Open Floor Movement teacher since early 2017. She is an advanced student of Process Oriented Psychotherapy and a Publisher and co-founder of Handspring Publishing, working with researchers and prominent teachers of movement and bodywork. She facilitates from her inner experience, and curiosity, and interest in what happens on the dance floor.