"THIS SPIRITED, STYLISH, MULTI-TALENTED ENSEMBLE (USES) THEIR VOICES, THEIR PERCUSSIVE FEET AND THEIR FLAIR FOR CHARACTERIZATION TO LAYER, DISTORT AND PROCLAIM THE JOYS OF RHYTHMâ€¦RHYTHM CAN FUNCTION AS A COMPLETE LANGUAGE."HEDY WEISS, CHICAGO SUN TIMES
AWAKEN YOURSELF TO…
People who have seen a Jump Rhythm show or taken a Jump Rhythm class often comment on how â€śhumanâ€ť the experience feels â€” how Jump Rhythmâ€™s fusion of dancing and singing and emotion touches people in a deep part of themselves.
It’s not an accident they say this.Â Dancing and singing in this human way defines the performance tradition that Jump Rhythm grew out of. Â Itâ€™s a tradition that celebrates the ages-old impulse in humans to use the body and voice to express what they feel inside themselves.
There’s another name for this inside-felt impulse.Â Itâ€™s called energy.Â Energy is that warm, stirring thing in us that makes our cells work, our hands do small miraculous things like untie a knot, and our minds dream of better worlds.
As the visionary poet William Blake wrote, “Energy is the only life, and is from the Body.â€ť Â Yes, energy is the river of life within us that, mysteriously, we can’t see but that, magically, we can all feel. Â Itâ€™s also the gold heating up the core of every Jump Rhythm experience. Â We love working at mining it in rehearsals and classes. Â Then, when itâ€™s ready to be â€śextracted,â€ť we shape it into the rhythms we use to tell our stories with.
Given the above, there are a couple of reasons why you might also be a person Jump Rhythm touches deeply. Â First, you, like us, are a container and conveyor of that mysterious, magical thing called energy. Â Second, you, like us, might also be someone who enjoys taking the energy inside your body and finding ways to express it. Â If you are, you find that when you let your energy fly you too love the sensation it brings of feeling more alive. Â Itâ€™s as if you had just taken a drink of what Henry David Thoreau called “a draft of undiluted morning air.” Â Thoreau coined another wonderful phrase for this sensation of feeling more alive: a â€śsubscription ticket to morning time in this world.”
Jump Rhythm is looking to pass out more of these subscriptions tickets. Â Please consider taking one and making us a part of your life. Â Come to our shows; write us a blog; take class with us. Â Indeed, a class in Jump RhythmÂ® Technique might just be what youâ€™ve been looking for. Â Its focus on dancing and singing from the heart and its uniquely injury-preventive, energy-awakening life-principle of â€śStanding Down StraightÂ® might just be the way you can bring more morning-time into your world.
So, please, pay us more visits. Â Come awaken yourself to what composer-percussionist-educator David Yoken calls â€śJump Rhythm LIFE.â€ť Â Let your mind let go of its worries and let your rhythmic body-and-soul come out to play. Â Come to Jump Rhythm and let its infectious beat-driven music tease out that pure gold in you â€“ your own energy. Â If you do, we predict that you too might awaken to the gift in yourself that you already possess. Yourself.
"RELAXED, GROUNDED MOTION IS AVAILABLE TO ANYBODY AND SO THE TECHNIQUE VALIDATES THE POWER AND CAPABILITY OF EVERY BODY."SHARON HOYER,