Hi I am Maria, and I love teaching fitness and belly dancing.
I started learning ballet and modern dancing at the age of 7. I performed in theatres and festivals after passing my certification with the Rome Academy of ballet. Unfortunately my ballet school relocated and coming from a small village in the hills of the Apennine (Italy) meant not having the opportunity to use my Pointe shoes anymore. I therefore threw myself into Latin-American and ballroom dancing. From the cha cha cha to the tango, my hips were now free to move.
Having moved to Ireland I threw myself into fitness and studying complementary therapy, including Chinese medicine and sport therapy. It’s then that I moved from dancing to martial arts. My highlight is replicating Karate kid judo-style, where I came third in a weight competition as a white belt by competing with a broken foot with brown,blue and black belts.
I then moved to London to read Psychology and Criminology at BSc level. I went back to dancing and attended classes in Ballet, Soca, Hip Hop and Modern dancing. I found my calling once I started belly dancing. I was a fast learner and found myself on stage after 6 weeks and then danced with various troupes. Nowadays having trained with a variety of National and iInternational teachers, I am a professional belly dancer and teacher. Please see my belly dancing page for more info.
I am a Certified Fitness, Dance and Movements instructor and I am licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Gold Chair and Pound. I am also Certified in Pre and Post-natal fitness. I only teach what I love and I feel it's better for the body and mind. I thoroughly believe that if I enjoy it and I feel it's making a difference to my body and self, then I can be enthusiastic and true to what I am teaching and my students will benefit from it. I value CPD and I strive to continue to specialise and further my studies.
All my classes are suitable for different abilities and levels and variations are given in each class.
~Certificate in Fitness instruction (Exercise to Music)
~Certificate in teaching exercise , movement and dance
~Certificate in pre-natal and post-natal exercise
~Diploma in Teaching Yoga (tbf in September)
~Certificate in Mindfulness and CBT (tbf in October)
~Tribal Fusion education programme 1
~Tribal fusion education programme 2(tbf 2020)
~The Undeniable education programme
~Zumba Gold Boost
Please call me on 07585 704236 or use the contact form.