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 is a method developed by Gyula Cserepes. It is rooted in Gyula’s rich dance background ranging from ballroom – through traditional – to contemporary dance. The aim of the method is to enrich one’s movement vocabulary.
A Lizard Beats is a technical workshop 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 consequently leads to be “here and now”, to be present. Learning and practicing basic body-percussion principals we teach our bodies how to listen to and sense rhythmic patterns, which also helps us to gain a deeper understanding of music. Using jumps and coordination exercises we begin to gain a basic relation to rhythm patterns and apply them into our bodies.
Working with the above mentioned tools to embody rhythm helps us to fine-tune our motoric system, our coordination skills and physical articulation. It brings a higher body-awareness; as well as 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.