members (non-exclusive list)
Jana is a Choreomundus graduate, who has been dancing since the age of 10. She has been a member of several Lebanese folk and contemporary dance companies. Jana holds a Bachelor degree in Audiovisual Arts and she had a professional career in event management and film production before returning to academia to conclude her Choreomundus: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage programme and starts preparing for her PhD. Her research interests are concerned with the bodily senses, knowledge and memory and the role they play in shaping humans’ conceptual worlds. Her short teaching experience at Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France made her look forward to pursuing a teaching career in addition to research.
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Tone a Norwegian graduate from the Erasmus Mundus program “Choreomundus - International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage” in June 2014. She has in addition a bachelor degree and master degree in Dance Science from NTNU, Norway. The topic of her Choreomundus master thesis was “A dance museum – Museums and institutions in Europe promoting dance and intangible cultural heritage”. She works as a dance consultant and project manager for the 3 year project called “Dance dissemination in museums”, a collaboration between the Norwegian center for folk music and folk dance and “MiST- The Museum of South Trøndelag”, Norway, that will produce 3 temporary interactive dance exhibitions in Trondheim, Norway. Tone´s main dance crazes are social dances like folk dances from Scandinavia, tango, salsa, swing dances and jazz solo dances.
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Diana is a Colombian anthropologist, dancer, mother and a dreamer that works hard to balance her interests in life. Currently she enjoys learning and dancing very different types of dances such as Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Afro-Latin rhythms and Colombian and international folk dances in general. This new knowledge has given her further skills to be a more creative dancer. It has also given her a range of tools that she drew from when she worked as a school dance teacher and choreographer with children of very different ages. Teaching has been a very important part of her life as a dancer, since she is constantly acquiring new knowledge and observing the children’s expressions and creativity, which continuously challenges her not only as a dancer but also as a human being.
She is interested in the potential of Intangible Cultural Heritage, specially dance, as both means and goal unto itself for the (re)understanding, encounter and respect of oneself and of the other. Her aim is to support processes of collective and personal reparation through collaboration between different groups that work with Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Colombia. Using local workshops, intercultural encounters, and a National Festival, she aims to make visible, exchange and promote the practices and knowledge of the participants, giving a prominent role to the children.
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Blog post: https://theseedsofheritage.wordpress.com/
Şebnem is an actress and theatre theorist from Turkey. Her interest in traditional Asian performing arts and her two years experience in Japan led her complete Choreomundus programme, which concentrates on dance anthropology. Currently she is working on her PhD dissertation that explores the relationship of traditional performing arts in Turkey with the actor’s art, while at the same time teaching part-time.
Natasa has acquired her dancer titles and teacher certificates from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D., UK) and the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D., UK) in the genres of Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, and Tap. After obtaining her BA in Sociology from Panteion University, she completed her MA in Dance, making her the first Greek scholarship holder of Choreomundus: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage. Natasha has been teaching dance from a young age and taking part in numerous seminars and workshops of African dance, rhythm tap, hip hop, contemporary dance, body percussion, body music and flamenco. For the past 7 years she has been focusing on body music and tap dance. Her research interests revolve around percussive dances, travelling dance cultures, migration identities,and the Nigerian Yorùbá people. In 2013 she conducted research in southwest Nigeria on the relationships between the dance and language of the Yorùbá.
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Sara completed her undergraduate studies in Anthropological Sciences at the University of Bologna in 2011.
She combines her anthropological studies with the choreutic ones: after a quite long education in several styles of classical and contemporary dance, she firstly approaches Bhāratanāţyam and decided to explore it from the practical as well as the theoretical perspective. From 2012 to 2014 she held a scholarship to complete the Erasmus Mundus Choreomundus – International Master in Dance Heritage, Knowledge and Practice.
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Sandra is young and enthusiastic, her love for culture and arts led her to want to devote professionally to these areas, which is why her life revolves around music, dance education, culture and arts.
In July 2014 she finished an International Master of Arts specialized in Dance: ´Choreomundus - Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage", being into its first Cohort. She also has a MA in History and Science of Music (Musicology) (2008-2010) and a BA in Music Education (2005-2008); she holds the title of Violin (degree from the Conservatory of Valladolid, 1996-2006), the Title of ELE (Spanish teacher for foreigners) and she is also Instructor of Leisure Time and Aerobics.
Dancer in different styles, she has the Intermediate and Advanced title of the BA Dance 'Modern Theatre Dance`, awarded by the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing).
Besides, she has taken courses and workshops of different dance styles (contemporary, classical,street dance, jazz, baroque, ballroom dance, Bollywood, flamenco…) with different teachers such as Eva Simón, Sunny Shing, Eddie Djololian,Bobby Mileage ,Eckhard Müler, Jean-Christophe Paré, Cédric Andrieux, Robert Wetchsler, Lucio Baglivo, Fernando Lazaro or Cecilia Nocilli, among others.
From 2005 until today she has worked as a dance teacher, choreographer and dancer in different schools, projects and events like Rock Camp Spain or DyD Dance Company (Dance and Disability).
She has been a dancer in numerous projects in Spain and abroad with different choreographers: Maria Tomillo, Mary Armentrou, Yon Ming Cho, Eva Recacha, Musical "Beatles Legend" Eliseo Peri, Pop Up Store (Paris).
And has also been choreographer: Odds and Ends (London), Facing Spain (London), Choreomundus Assembly (Norway, France, Hungary, Romania , England, 2012-2014), Flash Mob 'Give a River of Blood` (Valladolid),'Fairy tail` and 'Crossroads` (D & D Company).
In the field of music and education, Sandra has worked as assistant professor of Spanish in France. In Spain she has taught music in Elementary and Secondary school and also has been violin teacher and violinist in various musical events, also collaborating with the Spanish music and dance magazine 'Doce Notas`.
After completing the master Choreomundus, she has conducted several training courses in Spain: Course of Design and Development of Multimedia Products and a Course of Management of European Projects. She is currently pursuing a master on ´Project Management and Cultural Spaces`.
Her interests are on culture, music, education, sports, travels, health and, specially, dance (identity, aesthetics, performance and choreography).