Wu Tao FAQ


 Q. What actually is Wu Tao?

A. Wu Tao or ‘The Dancing Way’ is a dance-based therapy that balances and harmonises the flow of Qi (life-force energy) in the body. It has its foundations in Oriental Medicine (similar to Tai Chi and Qi Gong) and is a system of healing with a holistic philosophy and practice that restores balance to the person on all levels; physically, mentally and spiritually. It tones the body, frees the mind of chatter and helps you experience stillness in your own being, we call it Deep Peace. 

Q. How do the dances work?

A. In Wu Tao, there are 5 main dances which unblock the flow of energy in the body. Each dance creatively expresses one of the five elements: air, water, wood, fire and earth. Each element governs a pair of meridians, the pathways through which our energy flows, and each meridian relates to a certain organ in the body. Wu Tao is both movement and stillness. Doing and Being. It encourages the development of these qualities and an experience of being in the flow of the life-force. In Wu Tao, while one is focused on ‘doing’ the routine with the music, the mind becomes still and the body poised and balanced.

Q. Can anyone dance Wu Tao?

A. Wu Tao is a dance therapy that can be done by anyone at any fitness level.  The main focus is experiencing the music and energy of each dance – being in the flow and having fun!

Q. What is the structure of the class?

A. Each Wu Tao dance class begins with a gentle walking & breathing, mindfully bringing us into the moment. We then warm up our body with a set of simple meridian stretches to ensure the Qi can flow freely. Next we move into the beautiful flowing dances, using imagery and the energy of the five elements to transport us and bring us home to ourselves at the same time.
The class finishes with a relaxing meditation and an opportunity to interact with like-minded people who love to dance!

Q. Will Wu Tao help me to feel less stressed?

A. Wu Tao is the ultimate stress management system. As it moves the energy through the body, the mind and emotions are cleared and balance is restored on every level. For people who love to dance it is the ideal healthy exercise program!

Q. Will I make friends dancing Wu Tao?

A. There is a beautiful sense of community in Wu Tao. Dancing with like-minded people, in an atmosphere of joy and harmony, creates beautiful connections and friendships. We usually all go to a cafe for morning tea after class – it is a great way to form new friendships and to have fun!


Wu Tao was developed in 2001 by Michelle Locke, a former ballerina with the WA Ballet Company. Michelle also studied Chinese Medicine and Shiatsu. So Wu Tao evolved through a beautiful fusion of all three forms of creative expression, healing and wisdom.

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