CERTIFIED BY RYS 200 -YOGA ALLIANCE
hot yoga teacher
Passionate about dance since the young age of 4, Simona started with ballet at the age of 4 to 8 and went on to gymnastics. Between 11 and 14 years of age, she went on to swimming, during which time she took part in various competitions.
She went back to her first love – ballet and contemporary dance later on at Danza Flux in Naples thanks to her talented teachers Fabrizio Varriale and Chiara Alborino. She attended workshops with several international artists: Frey Faust, Davide Iodice, Sara Simeoni, Tery J.Weikel, Martina La Ragione, Joannie Douville and many more.
Part of her dance journey included the MCS, Movement Creative Structures, a four-year contemporary dance program, at Danza Flux Naples which was focused on intensive research work on movement, a deep training to boost performer’s creativity skills, combined with technical versatility. She set up group performances and solo choreographies at a ‘work in progress stage’, through the use of improvisation techniques, choreographic composition and research skills. The performances were then presented in contemporary dance shows dedicated to emerging dancers and artists such as Visual Approach in Naples (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions), the Roman 8Max (2008 edition), and video-dance works presented at the Pan – Palace of the Arts in Naples.
Thanks to these technical-creative intensive laboratories for dancers and performers, Simona could deepen her technical practice ranging between Contemporary Dance (Release Technique, Floor Work – ground work), Contact Improvisation, Partnering, Contemporary classic bar, Yoga, as well as deepen some creative and research skills through the study of choreographic composition and development of performance.
Simona moved to Malta in 2015 and immediately took contemporary classes at the Dance Workshop with Francesca Tranter and Kostas Papamatthaiakis, as well as classes at The evening Space, with Francesca Tranter, Lucia Piquero and Sara Accettura, and several international artists.
She took part in the 14th edition of the international dance platform Dance Hybrid Malta, led by artistic director Francesca Abela Tranter, and organised by Contact Dance Company, who offered opportunities for aspiring dancers, teachers, professional and semi-professional dance artists to get together and communicate through the language of the body. Together with international established and emerging artists giving master classes, workshops to create, exchange and explore the diversity of contemporary dance, she had the opportunity In 2015 to participate in workshops with two international guest artists: Yen-Ching Lin from Taiwan and Anton Lachky from Slovakia, and in the 2016 edition with Regina Wielingin and Peter Jasko.
August 2016 Performed in ‘Barcode’ with Zugraga Dance Organization, Maltese NGO set up in 2016 aiming to interact with different communities through dance. Performance held at the Blue Box Theatre, M Space.
Since 2016 decided to integrate more yoga into her practice and deepen her journey with Bikram Yoga (hot yoga) as exercise devised by Bikram Choudhury. Classes consist of a fixed sequence of 26 postures, practised in a room heated to 105 °F (41 °C) with a humidity of 40%, intended to replicate the climate of India.
Over time, Simona was drawn to this discipline and in 2019 completed and succeeded in becoming a certified Hot Yoga teacher with specialisation under the guidance of lead trainer and course director Ritienne Richardson. Since then she continues to bring her two passions together – dance and yoga – with emphasis on movement in her flowing classes.
In June 202, Simona successfully completed Wheel Yoga Training with Rosita Jankeviciute and is now certified to teach Beginner and Intermediate Wheel Yoga Classes.