I was born in Rio de Janeiro, in Leme at the beginning of Copacabana
At the age of 5, I started ballet classes at the dance school "Leda
Yuqui" in Copacabana, Rio De Janeiro. When I was around 8 or
9 years old I progressed to another school by Ana Baliska, where
I stayed for a few years.By the age of 13, I decided to change again
but to jazz and tap dance. So I joined the Nino Giovanetti school,
at this stage I was already performing regularly, including my exciting
first performance on local television!
At 15 years old my grandmother asked me if I wanted to join her
yoga classes, I accepted and that's when I started to practice hatha
At the age of 17, my grandmother took me on a trip to India. We
spent 3 months travelling around the country and staying in ashrams
in order to practice yoga, and learn about their philosophy. This
experience had a big impact on me and changed my life forever.
I came back to Brazil and embraced yoga practice, changed my eating
habits and my life style such that a year later I moved to England,
to study at the Krishnamurti Centre (Brockwood Park). [view
The time I spent in Brockwood Park was a true transformation for
me; I studied art, pottery, photography and yoga and most importantly
we had morning meetings with Krishnamurti during the summer and
Coming back to Brazil, I was sure of one thing - I wanted to dance,
so I got a job at British Airways for 4 years, (while in London,
I practiced at the "dance centre" in Covent Garden), saved
money and joined the Dance University UFBA, in Salvador Bahia. For
6 years I studied everything about anatomy, movement, psychology
and everything related to the art of dance and teaching.
While at the university, we created a dance troupe, our work combined
dance, acrobatics and physical theatre, so we performed everywhere,
theatres, parties, discos, streets etc.
These years were very nourishing and creative.
completing my University course [view
diploma] I moved to Spain, where I lived for fourteen years,
and worked, with the carnival troops, until I thought it was time
to dedicate myself to teaching.
So I worked in gyms, 5 star hotels and finally at the University
of Las Palmas, I developed a few different techniques: brazilian
bodysculpt, latin step, power stretch, chi kung and tai chi, and
finally pilates, all very much related to all I had done my entire
I presented workshops on stress management, and held one-to-one
sessions as well as classes.
In 2002, I relocated to Manchester in order to spread my knowledge.
And the rest as they say is history!
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