In 2012, at the height of my dance career I was seriously injured in my lower back. As I moved through my feelings of deep disappointment, I decided to devote more time to my personal healing and growth.
At the time my injury occurred, I was realizing my lifelong dream as a professional dancer, working in an internationally renowned company based in Berlin. I’d achieved so much by such a young age, but I felt exhausted on all levels. I knew that something had to change.
I started focusing on my rehabilitation so I could continue performing, however as my healing process deepened, I began uncovering other layers: I discovered that my essential joy for dance and self-expression had become overpowered by my desire to please others. My pursuit for perfection and belief that I wasn’t enough put me under so much pressure, that I’d become ill and injured. Finally, I was able to see how my beliefs were actually destroying what I loved!
The year I got injured, I was dancing in a special production with Romani people from Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia, all between the ages 11-70. It was a life-changing experience to work together, to exchange our cultures and traditions. It was also challenging to confront our differences, including the level of oppression they continue to experience daily as an ethnic minority. What we were able to create together showed me that the performing arts are a powerful tool to facilitate personal growth and social change.
The years following my injury, I spent time diving into my own healing process. I apprenticed with mentors, took part in workshops, therapy sessions, and shamanic rituals, as well as traveled extensively. I became fully certified in the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® method. I created various movement workshops for professionals and amateurs of all kinds.
The rich time of personal growth that I went through, transformed me into a passionate teacher, mentor, movement coach, and inspirational writer.
At my core, I’m a dancer. Sharing my love for dance, movement and the inherent wisdom of the body is what brings me to life.
The human experience is a dance between our individual and collective journeys. There’s a dancer within all of us. Dance is movement from moment to moment, making life itself a dance. This is where Dancing The Moment takes place: in that inclusive space of awareness and deep understanding.
“To understand what I’m saying, you have to believe that dance is something other than technique. We forget where the movements are born from. They are born from life.” – Pina Bausch