Between the head and feet of any person is a billion miles of unexplored wilderness.

~Gabrielle Roth, founder of 5Rhythms®

Melanie’s class…was probably the most exquisite 5Rhythms Waves class I’ve been to in 20 years of dancing. She brought depth, clarity, warmth, poetry and wit into that room. And there was a great playlist.

Catriona Mitchell

5Rhythms alters the way I move and react to the world on and off the dance floor! And Melanie C. is an intuitive wellspring of knowledge and an inspiring force behind my newly found love of this dance practice!

Dovie A.

Melanie is a natural teacher and a natural leader. Always inclusive, encouraging, and engaging, she has a way of gently directing the students’ experiences into a deeper realm while keeping the overall atmosphere upbeat and joyful.

She creates a safe and welcoming space within which there is room for everyone. I highly recommend Melanie as a 5Rhythms instructor.


The fastest, cleanest, most joyful way to break out of your own box is by dancing. I’m not talking about doing the stand-and-sway. I’m talking about dancing so deep, so hard, so full of the beat that you are nothing but the dance and the beat and the sweat and the heat.

Gabrielle Roth

I am a woman in my 70s who loves moving to music…Moving around our round wooden dance space to Melanie’s inspiring and eclectic music choices is a pleasurable experience in itself….Engaging in 5Rhythms waves encourages mobility and stamina [and] resonates off the dance floor as well, opening one’s relationship to music and to mundane life experiences, like kitchen chaos after a dinner party.

Mary Beth
Your body is the ground metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence… So many of us are not in our bodies, really at home and vibrantly present there. Nor are we in touch with the basic rhythms that constitute our bodily life. We live outside ourselves – in our heads, our memories, our longings – absentee landlords of our own estate. My way back into life was dance. I reentered my body by learning to move my self, to dance my own dance from the inside out, not the outside in. ~ Gabrielle Roth