Dance movement is a broad field, including many styles and modalities. These share both commonalities and differences, but essentially all seek to enable full, creative embodiment.

The Open Floor practice was co-created by Kathy Altman, Vic Cooper, Andrea Juhan and Lori Saltzman, long-time students of Gabrielle Roth (founder of 5Rhythms dance). Open Floor emerged after Gabrielle's death in 2012, and in 2015 began training its first cohort of teachers.