Throughout my life as a professional dancer, I have been fascinated with my body and its infinite capacity for expression. Qi Gong and Tai Chi have given me a new language, and in fact, a new way to view my life. Instead of following the rhythms of the music, these Eastern traditions speak of listening within, to internal rhythms. Instead of sending energy out in jumps and pirouettes, the Eastern way is one of conserving and protecting our energy. The result is an inner strength, which we can use not just for the moment, but for the whole of our lives.
After my teacher training, I did post-graduate work in Tai Chi, and it was there that I discovered the essential expression of this form: the art of integrating mind and body, shadow and self into one. Coming from the dynamic of the dance, I had to reduce my movement to an elemental level, what is essentially a meditation. With patience, both Tai Chi and Qi Gong can offer an anchor, a way to be calm in a busy and ever-changing world.
In 20 years of classical ballet and modern dance, I have performed on stages throughout Europe and beyond. I was a member of the Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble, based in Basel, and the Palindrome Intermedia Performance Group (which was then based in Nuremberg, Germany). I have a degree in dance teaching and have studied Qi Gong and Tai Chi Chuan from Frank Hediger since 2008 at ICM in Basel, and from Donald and Cheryl Lynne Rubbo (Rubbo Art of Energy). Since 2013, I have been in a training program for Shiatsu Massage. I speak German, French, English and Italian and have worked as a translator. I live with my family in Basel and am the mother of two children.