Tanzpädagogin für Bauchtanz, Choreografin und kreativ-therapeutische Tanzlehrerin
Claudia wurde in Brasilien geboren, wo sie an der Fakultät für Architektur und Urbanismus studierte. Ihr Interesse galt jedoch schon immer dem Tanz. 1995 begann sie ihre Studien über den Bauchtanz in Brasilien. Später schloss sie ihre berufliche Ausbildung ab und wurde 2001 als Tanzlehrerin tätig. Sie unterrichtete in Brasilien bis 2010 Gruppen in Tanzstudios sowie Vereinen und gab Privatstunden im eigenen Studio.
2003 kam sie in Kontakt mit einer Methode, die ihre bisherige Arbeitsweise des Tanzes grundlegend verändern sollte: der Tanztherapie. Von 2003 bis 2010 arbeitete sie auch in Einrichtungen für körperlich und geistig behinderte Personen sowie mit Senioren und Kindern.
2010 zog sie nach Deutschland und schloss hier eine Weiterbildung als kreativ-therapeutische Tanzlehrerin ab. Daraufhin entwickelte sie den „Orientalischen Kreativtanz“, in dem sie Techniken des Bauchtanzes und Elemente aus „Expressive Therapies“ kombinierte. Seither ist sie in Hannover tätig und arbeitet nunmehr seit 20 Jahren mit Frauen und den Themen Weiblichkeit sowie Sinnlichkeit.
Interview mit Claudia zu dem Workshop "Tanz mit Mutti" und die Mutter-Tochter Beziehung
FemBelly: Why is dancing so important in your life today?
Claudia: Dancing has been important in my life for many, many years and the main reason for this is the connection between body and soul that, in my opinion, dance brings us. In my case, I experience this connection whenever I dance, I mean, I express through movement what goes inside of me, what goes in my soul. I believe that through dancing I exercise my body creativity, my ability to hear my body and to learn from it. And when I learn to hear what my body says I also start to accept it and, more importantly, respect it.
Furthermore, to be more aware of my own body helps me identify important signs that it gives me, preventing problems and improving my general health.
As I get older I realize, more and more each day, the importance of, not only keeping my body in shape but also, deepening body listening to improve self-knowledge; and dancing brings me all that.
FemBelly: What is like to be mother of a daugther?
Claudia: Wow, that’s a lot to say about it. Well, when my baby girl was born ocurred the greatest change in my life. I stopped being a daughter and became a mother! Larissa is my firstborn and her birth was something I have never been prepared for, I mean, not for the physical changes (I read a lot about it) but for the emotional „Tsunami“ that came with it; I had basically two feelings: a profound love for that tiny little thing, 100% dependent on me, and a huge fear that I wasn't good enough to be a mother. Well, as time passed the fear is gone and the love grew even bigger.
It is interesting to observe that raising a daughter made me think a lot about my own mother. She was a tough, strict woman but also a caring mother and her presence was always very strong in my life. Although I have much of her in me I decided not to be so strict with my daughter, not to make the same mistakes; sometimes I succeeded sometimes I didn’t. Mothers are expected to be perfect; and that is such a burden to carry. The point is, the vast majority of women are not ready to become mothers, there’s no „Ausbildung“ for motherhood, which brings a lot of insecurity to new moms.
In my case, I used my common sense to solve problems and to deal with the different stages of my daughter:
- Childhood: she saw me as a Goddess, perfect;
- Teen years: she started to find out my imperfections and weaknesses;
- Early 20’s: she was sure I‘m imperfect;
- Late 20’s: she knows her mom is just a human being!
Being mother of a girl is a privilege and a gift from life, which gives us the opportunity to grow as a woman discovering our inner strength and wisdom. The mother-daughter relationship is a kind of taboo today, nobody wants to talk about it, it is usually swept under the rug and what we don't shed light on, that is, what we don't look at, becomes a shadow.
In my opinion, the mother-daughter relationship is the cornerstone of women's empowerment. The solidarity, the sisterhood among women begins at home! In order to take women‘s solidarity to the streets to fight for our rights, to fight for respect we need to get to really know it and experience it first at home through relationship with our mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, etc.
FemBelly: Do you believe that dancing influenced the relationship between you and your daughter? How?
Claudia: Yes, definitely. Dance gaves us fun, amusement, wellness but also discipline, respect, patience and all this training created somehow a complicity between us. We shared many moments together like rehearsals, shows, videos, outfits creation and, of course, our own performances. These helped us exercise a partnership between us strengthening our connection.
Our mother-daughter relationship is not perfect, of course we had our differences, conflicts, fights like every mother and daughter have, but having dance as a common interest helped us somehow to deal better with difficult moments, for instance, getting to a deeper understanding to one another or making up after an argument.
Before we are mother and daughter we are women. Women who love, hate, laugh and cry; women that learn, make mistakes, have their dreams and above all, women who express themselves through their bodies. There is no doubt that dancing built a healthy bond between me and my daughter. I’m very much convinced that sharing experiences forge strong relationships.
So, that’s why I’d like to invite you all to our coming Dance Workshop in May, “Tanz mit Mutti”, (Dance with your Mom) to celebrate the Mother’s Day.
Let’s dance, have fun, laugh and meet other mothers and daughters; let’s experience our sisterhood. Woman solidarity starts at home.