Alex teaches and embodies the heart of the dance as the dance teaches and embraces the spark of the heart. Beyond thought and beyond words to the pulse and the passion and the practice of being truly alive. With clarity, humanity and gentle audacity, she opens up minds and bodies to what we really are.. living miracles.
I really liked how direct, insightful, straight and tender yet decisive and straight forward you were. I found that calming and invigorating.
As well I loved your music - you had beautiful songs. Punky, fun, exhilarating, lifting songs as well as deeply touching, sphere transforming, grounding and nurturing songs. To me it was one of my most wonderful and intimate experiences I had in my life. I felt so much bliss, joy, admiration for my self and everybody else. I felt so at home and secure and content.
Britta (5 day Heartbeat)
Livestream Percussion Waves feedback:
Thanks so much to you and Joe that was a gorgeous class and when you both left the platform with the stillness of the drums and the green of the trees and the incense rising – that was a meditation all of it’s own. Sarah
Thank you Alex and thank you Joe. Beautiful sounds, beautiful trees, clear teaching. What a miracle. Best chaos dance for ages. And so good to be able to see you both playing and dancing. Pete
I always cherish dancing with you and even better with Joe creating the music. What worked for me was that your guidance was simple and clear, and neither "too much" nor "too little". I find especially with online classes, the simpler the better. It was very helpful to explore new ways of moving and focusing on back and front of the body in flowing created something new in my dance. I did open the zoom, but ended up just having you and Joe on the screen. Every now and again I would look at the screen and get inspired by your dance. Sigurborg
Inside me, a beating heart,
lungs to draw in air, exhale.
Inside this breathing body,
imaginings, dreams, desires.
Inside a room in Liverpool
the evening makes patterns of sunlight on the walls.
Leaves shift and shimmy.
Through glass I see the outside:
red brick houses,
window on window,
chimney pots and drainpipes pointing skywards.
The ash stretches above the red leaves of a cherry tree.
Sycamores wave and tussle.
White clouds are buffeted in a wild wind where seagulls and swifts are on the wing.
Inside this room, a moving postcard from West Wales,
my doorway to woods and birdsong,
to a platform of boards in a green enclosure held by wooden struts,
holding a gathering of drums, cymbals, feathers and bells.
A drummer cascades,
jingles a bell-rattle,
plays a flute.
A cloth of flaming orange twists and twirls as a dancer rocks and sways.
We are joined in a dreamscape that stretches outwards
to possibilities of towns, countries, continents
all shifting and shaking their bones.
Afterwards, the stage empties.
Smoke rises into darkening trees, leaves.
Leaves the echo of a drumbeat,
the clash of cymbals
to the creatures of the night.
Nice Things Said
For 25 years I've witnessed Alex Mackay as a dedicated embodiment of all the maps of our 5Rhythms mandala. In her committed practice, a willingness to continue moving, exploring and seeing herself through the deep awareness of her own rhythms. In her teaching, a lyrical playfulness delivered with mystery, creativity, and maturity.
The more we co-created along her path studying our God, Sex, & the Body maps, the deeper my respect has grown for Alex's embodied presence of the shapeshifter -- a soul dancing without attachment and with intention to unearth the uniqueness and balance of nurture and action, of fascination and adventure, of intuition and integrity.
The workshop God Sex and the Body is a profound and integral part of the 5Rhythms®, this time gracefully held by the amazing Alex Mackay. A teacher who touches with her openness, acceptance, lightness and ability to navigate through deep waters with groundedness and ease.
I never cease to be inspired by the quality of your attention, humour, inventiveness, creativity, willingness to risk and experiment. And yet hold the circle so safely with wisdom and compassion and understanding. Such a large soul in quite a small body …. your dance bursts through from another dimension.
Thank you Alex. I woke up today and did my daily (zen) meditation. And I felt different. I felt more grounded. More in my body than in my head. Yesterday was like a flow. A creative flow something beyond words but still in words. I have a deep faith in stillness and silence through meditation but in that stillness there is so much movement and wisdom.
The textures, sensations and subtlelty of last year's Mosaic residential held me for a long time. It was artistry. Left me wanting more - I highly recommend. look forward to dancing with you again.
If you ever feel that your sense of wonder is in need of refreshment, a weekend with Alex is a pretty good prescription.
"Alex´s workshop two years ago, was fantastic. She created a very safe space and was so lively and alive in her teaching. The music was entertaing, new, different and interesting. Such a great mix. I found a completely new connection with the Rhythm of Lyrical. It brought back beautiful childhood memories and I found a precious reconnonection with my inner child. For a long time after the workshop, and even still, I feel how a playfulness and curiosity that I had lost, was rediscovered in the dance."
I want to say I always love your invitation to dance just as you are - what it does for me is take away pressure to even dance the rhythms as they are meant to be danced which is such a relief when things arent going like you think they should!! this means that your workshop is always fun for me from start to finish