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With over 10 years experience teaching dance in educational settings, from schools, after school clubs and Summer intensives, Iris has taught in vocational training as well as formal education.
I aim to deliver dance of the African diaspora within an historical context, technique and modern pedagogic methods aligned with current dance research.
Iris integrates Literacy and Maths in her teaching and uses various learning styles to support differentiation.
Iris also choreographs and create dance productions for students based on repertoire or/and original material
"Nurture, education & legacy"
workshops/ Urban retreats
"Movement is medicine"
Dance has long been utilized as a means to ground yourself, heal, connect and bring joy.
Essencia em movimento workshops emphasize these connections with our energy bodies using the basic four elements of Air, Earth, Water and Fire as a point of departure for self-healing and empowerment.
Workshops and retreats happen in open air, by the beach and in dance studio environments, and, are inspired by ancestral sounds, African rhythms and song.
" Gracias Iris, for a wonderful and memorable morning of sensual samba and deep personal moments of meditation. I was walking on clouds when I left the workshop. Showing us the connection between our chakras and dance was very new and powerful for me. I look forward to the next one! " - Jacquie Evanko
"To share our humanity is what we're here for" - Judith Jamison
With a 15 years experience of producing and managing cultural events, Iris is well positioned to take care of your event and/or project.
Iris co-founded Batuke Festival in London which highlighted Afro - Luso culture, previously under represented in the UK.
She will advise you on best strategies
Identify areas that need development and devise a plan with accessible goals and objectives.
Iris is known for taking initiative and is a solution based type of person.
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Diversity in dance
Looking at how dances of the African diaspora fare in educational settings and professional training.
How do we create a better inclusion in dance training and change the hierarchy of the "3 Powers" such as Classical Ballet, Contemporary dance and Jazz?
Reflecting on how dances of the African diaspora and the black body is presented in dance.
Corporate well being
Team cohesion leads to better productivity, a better work-life balance and best results for your company
As an extension of the "Essencia em movimento" workshops, Iris designs exercises that lead a team through movement and song and discussion on a more conscious leadership philosophy. Your team will get a new zest for work and will improve their collaborative skills!
You can also book in-chair movement and meditation packages that will bring much needed "headspace" for creative ideas in the workplace.