Rhythmics for adults

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Participants from Kaye’s Dalcroze Taster Day Feb 2022

Participants from Kaye’s Dalcroze Taster Day Feb 2022

Did you know?

Switzerland is the birthplace of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and children enjoy rhythmics lessons throughout the country.

Studies have been done which have noted the benefits of regular rhythmics lessons for seniors and in some cantons insurers pay seniors to have lessons because the method has been proven to reduce the risk of falls!

Weekly rhythmics classes for adults!

Kaye is starting a second series of rhythmics classes for adults on Mondays 6.30 – 8.00 pm from September for thirteen weeks following a highly successful first summer series! Feedback included the following.

Thanks, Kaye, for the wonderful classes! M

Thank you, Kaye, for all your super ideas, enthusiasm and your own particular style of presentation! E

Already mourning no lesson this Monday MS

Dates for the autumn are as follows: Sep 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 31 Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5 & 12. They will take place at St. Andrew’s Church Centre, Mount Park Road, Ealing, London W5 2RS. The venue is 5 minutes walk from Ealing Broadway Centre which is on the Central tube line and the Elizabeth line. The classes will be suitable for beginners or for those with Dalcroze experience. These classes will form part of the training for the Foundation (DEIEB) Certificate but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone course for those who do not wish to train in the method. The sessions will last 90 minutes and the costs will be:

£175 for all 13 sessions/£140 seniors & students

£85 for any 6 sessions/£66 seniors & students

Drop-in £15/£13 seniors & students

Contact kaye.barker@ntlworld.com to pay or alternatively pay by PayPal by going to your PayPal account and sending your payment to PayPal.Me/dalcrozemoves (please tick the option ‘pay friends or family’)

Places will be limited each week so book to secure your place!

Some members of summer Monday rhythmics group
at an ‘end of series’ meal! Photo – Kaye Barker

Are you new to rhythmics?

If you have never attended a rhythmics class do not worry! No previous experience is necessary – just the willingness to move to music and work with others.

For the classes you will need to wear loose clothing. Leggings or tracksuit trousers are suitable, provided they are not too long. Generally the work is done in bare feet but, if you prefer, you may wear jazz shoes or dance shoes with split soles, or socks/slippers with the sticky patches underneath to prevent slipping. Trainers are not suitable. Bare feet are ideal although we suggest you bring a supply of ‘wet wipes’ to use afterwards.

What can I expect to do and learn in these classes?

You will be guided by piano or violin improvisation in simple movement at first, for example, walking in time to a beat, moving in different directions according to musical signals and games to help you feel a pulse. We often work with objects such as rhythmics balls, tambours, bean bags, hoops or sticks and these can all be used to explore different aspects of music. Some of the movement work is similar to that learned in dance lessons but the focus is on experiencing music through the body. In a typical session there is plenty of laughter and joy!

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