By Maria Gregoriou
It is fair to say that we don’t all have the rhythm within us. It is fairer still to say that some of us who think we do are very mistaken, as becomes apparent when the rhythm is set free and all the jives and disco moves that go terribly wrong are set loose on the dance floor. But no one said we can’t give it a twirl.
No matter if your body sways automatically when a good tune comes on the radio, or you find yourself struggling to cut a rug when the occasion calls for it, you should still abide by the saying ‘dance as if no one can see you.’ And we have a few perfect opportunities for you to start the imagination game and dance away as if you were in your own bedroom in the dark. Well, maybe not in the dark, you might need to see what the instructor is showing you – because what we’re about to suggest here are some theatre workshops and dance classes.
OK, now that the cat’s out of the bag, let’s grab hold of that cat, tuck it carefully under our arm, and tell you all about it.
First up we stop off at Limassol and the Dance House Lemesos where Chloe Melidou will be presenting some theatre workshops as of Tuesday. Yes, you might be wondering what this has to do with the rhythm and moving, well, the workshops are specially designed to help us keep fit and awaken our body.
There are no criteria when it comes to age for these workshops, you could be as young or old as you are or even feel. You also don’t need any type of experience in dancing. Perfect for those of us who want to have fun while getting physical.
Melidou will teach us how to use our body as a tool by analysing movement through space and time, weight-flow, and through action.
There is a lot of thought behind the workshop as the group will focus on the embodiment of symbols and meanings. Also, the relationship between us and others, between us and objects, and between us as performers and spectators will be analysed.
Movement will also be used to express emotional states, while the flow of movement, the rhythm of breathing and the importance of using space and time, will also be in the mix.
Now to the city where Aphrodite is said to have come into being, Paphos, and the cultural centre Technopolis 20.
Dance teacher Nandia Georgiadou will be shaking things up with two free dance seminars this month. The first will be on tomorrow and it will concentrate on African dance. The second seminar will bring us into the world of contemporary jazz moves and it will be run on February 16. Both seminars are suitable for people from 15 to 30 years old, and they will both be from 6.45pm until 7.45pm.
If you are up for some African dancing tomorrow, Georgiadou will introduce a dancing technique which draws on movements from traditional African dances and Caribbean dance forms. But it is not all about the dance moves, you will also learn about the historical and cultural context behind the techniques.
For those of you who would like to jazz things up on the dance floor, the contemporary jazz seminar will enable you to develop your technical skills, physicality and performance quality. All this will be achieved through a highly driven class which is physically demanding.
If you want to build strength, coordination, and become more flexible then this is the class for you.
Workshops to wake up the body, with Chloe Melidou. Starts February 10. Every Tuesday. Dance House Lemesos, Andrea Drousioti 17, Limassol . 6.30pm. €25 for a month for up to three lessons a week. Tel: 99-349265
Free Dance Seminars
African dance seminar for people from 15 to 30. February 9. Technopolis 20, 18 Nikolaou Nikolaidi Avenue, Paphos. 6.45pm. Tel: 70-002420
Contemporary jazz seminar for people from 15 to 30. February 16