I have been a professional dancer/ dance teacher for more than 20 years, studying and teaching around the globe. Recently I completed a university degree in Dance at the Faculty of Human Kinetics (FMH) in Lisbon, and I am currently completing a Masters dedicated to Performative Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon (FBA).
I started off with gymnastics at the age of 4; dance wise, I participated in many improvised dance sessions with other kids, imitating the gypsy rumba we saw on the streets and markets, salsa and lambada we saw on TV. A trip to Turkey at the age of 20 introduced me to Oriental Dance, at a time when I was studying Biology at university and Contemporary Dance after school. Soon after I embarked on a trip that allowed me to study more: Germany, Nepal, India, Thailand, Japan and Turkey. Besides Oriental Dance, I also studied Hatha Yoga and Tibetan Buddhism in Kathmandu, Odissi in Orissa, Butoh in Tokyo, Yokohama and Kyoto. In Thailand I did several Theravada meditation retreats and studied Thai Massage in Chiang Mai.
I taught dance for 10 years in Osaka where I also sponsored artists like Artemis Mourat, Sadie, Karim Nagi, Aziza, Eva Cernik, Ahmet Ogren and Ansuya. After leaving Japan, I spent a year in Istanbul studying Turkish at Dilmer Language School and focused my attention on Romani or Gypsy Turkish Dance.
My main teachers of Turkish Oriental dance were Artemis Mourat and Sema Yildiz, and my favourite dancer is the retired Tulay Karaca.
I also studied Personal Training with AFAA, Athletics and Fitness Association of America, and Photography with the New York School of Photography. Recently I completed the Montessori 3-6 class assistant course with IMI, an interest that developed since I became a mum, and which is an important part of my new creative dance project about to make its debut.