Rhythm is a universal language that every living being is able to understand. Yet, in general dance education this essential element gets little or almost no attention. Learning the “words” of this language, the beats, can reach beyond just dance practice – we can apply it in almost every segment of our everyday life.
Lizard Beats – a method developed by Gyula Cserepes, which is rooted in his rich dance background ranging from ballroom- through traditional- to contemporary dance – aims to enrich our movement vocabulary. Working with various tools to embody rhythm, we develop certain neural connections in our brains, which help to fine-tune our motoric system, coordination skills and physical articulation. It brings a higher body-awareness; as well it improves our cognitive skills, ability to focus and the control over our physical bodies. Above
all, attending a Lizard Beats class could easily shift our mood and we end the day with a big smile and feeling better in our skin.
The first class will be a simple introduction to the technique of Lizard Beats. We will learn and practice basic body-percussion principals. Using jumps and coordination exercises we will begin to gain an understanding of basic rhythm patterns and apply them into our bodies.
The second class is going to happen in a more free form. We will enter a guided improvisation in couples and smaller groups. This is going to help discover the dance within us. Each participant will get the chance to get in touch with her/his personal dance, discover and develop it. The introduced tools will help us to get more relaxed about the way we move and could be applied in further dance practice, as well in any sort of social situation where we would feel like dancing – let it be a party, a wedding or hearing a beloved tuned on the radio while cooking in the kitchen.