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Listen. Observe. Sense.
Hear. See. Dance.
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.
Lizard Beats consists of two main sections. One is the technical part where we tune in as a group through Chi Quong and playful group tasks. Followed by various coordination exercises, we teach our brain to isolate different body parts and their movement from one another. Practicing this consequentially leads to be “here and now”, to be “present”. Learning and practicing basic body-percussion principals we teach our bodies to listen and sense rhythmic patterns, which also help us to gain a deeper understanding of music. Using jumps and coordination exercises we begin to gain an understanding of basic rhythm patterns and apply them into our bodies.
The second part happens in a more free form. We enter a guided improvisation in couples and smaller groups. This helps to discover the dance within us. Each participant gets the chance to get in touch with her/his personal dance, discover and develop it. The introduced tools 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.