In love with performing arts since childhood, Gaia studied piano until secondary school and as a teenager first began with gymnastics then switched to Modern Jazz, Latin, Modern and Hip-Hop dance, while also joining some amateur theatrical experiences. In 2001, the encounter with Oriental dance immediately became a strong passion, which she devoted herself to everyday, turning out to be her profession in 2009 after a long training at the first Belly dance school in Milan (Club Magica). In 2005, she also studied with Aziza Abdul Ridha and her great Egyptian teacher Dr. Mo Geddawi, who she still follows to acquire valuable lessons, professional certifications for teaching and to improve her artistic curriculum based on a strong classic Belly dance technique and education turned into Oriental Fusion style. At the same time, she attended many international dance festivals studying with big stars of the Belly dance panorama.
Traveling and living abroad for several years – Gaia lived in Andalusia for a year and an half after her graduation in “Science of Communications” at the University of Milan in 2005, then she traveled around Europe (Spain, Portugal, France, Netherlands, Sweden, different Balkan countries), South America (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, Peru and Bolivia) and Asia (Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, India, Nepal, China) – transformed her dance into an expression of what she learned through these wonderful experiences and her style started to be contaminated by Flamenco, Tango, Gypsy, Indian and Asian sounds.
The meeting with Anasma in 2009 was the starting point for new mergers, ranging from Hip-Hop, Tribal Belly dance and Salsa Fusion to a professional work-training of theatrical Belly dance. In 2010, this brought to the realization of a dance and experimental theater show in Milan, in collaboration with Anasma, Les Soeurs Tribales and many other professionals of international caliber. In the following years, Gaia went twice to Paris to follow a professional path called “Gate to Fusions”, based all on Urban and Modern Fusion, with Anasma and Linda Faoro.
Participating also in many international festivals, she had the opportunity to study with a number of notable artists, including Raqia Hassan, Fifi Abdu, Dina, Jillina, Amir Thaleb Mohamed Shahin, Ansuya, Mohamed El Sayed, Samara Hayat, Mr. Yousri Sharif, Sabah Benziadi, Madame Roxie Rose, Manca Pavli, Munique Neith, Mohamed El Sayed, Sadie Marquiat, Virginia Mendez, Coolena Shakti, Mistri and the Singh’s brothers, just to name a few.
Interested in the contemporary fusions and Tribal ITS (Improvisational Tribal Style) too, Gaia began a Tribal educational path with Cinzia di Cioccio and Grazia Manetti of Les Soeurs Tribales, the first Italian company and school of Tribal Belly dance. She studied with them for years until 2012, when she officially entered the company starting a longtime collaboration with performances and workshops around the world, always looking for her own personal style between tradition and innovation. Les Soeurs Tribales was in fact an innovating company using the American “Gipsy Caravan ITS” format as well as its own language LST format - a mix of Tribal and other fusion dances, like Urban Modern, Vintage, Glamour, Contemporary and Indian – in order to experiment and create new kinds of dialogue with the body. Gaia studied this great language of Tribal Belly dance with Paulette Rees-Denis (the American founder of the Gipsy Caravan ITS style) and Cinzia, whom she collaborated with until 2016 in the Cigales company, an advanced duet of LST experience. Thanks to Cinzia, Gaia had the opportunity to visit Jakarta and Bali during the Tribal Fest of Indonesia in 2012-13, giving classes, performances and workshops hosted by the great dancer Desi Ardi Susanto.
Les Soeurs Tribales' project stimulated so much Gaia’s interest in Tribal Belly dance that she decided to work abroad with the Amaya Dance Company of Manca Pavli, located in Ljubljana (Slovenia), where she went dancing for a year with her friend Federica Gallo dreaming together of a new project for a big company between Oriental and Tribal Belly dance. Dreams became true when Gaia joined the Foésia Bellydance company.
Foèsia Bellydance Company was born at the end of 2014, out of an idea of Federica Gallo and Sonia Micaro, professional dancers and longtime friends who started to dance together in 2008, then took different artistic paths but reunited to jointly pursue this ambitious project, both taking care of the art direction and choreography. Foèsia is a professional “tailor-made” company whose goal is to stage an Oriental Dance Show, a great performance perfectly conjugating the two directors' Modern/Fusion inspiration while remaining faithful to and respectful of traditions - fourteen dancers gave their best for two years of shows around the most important theaters in Italy.
At the same time, Gaia continued to teach and dance also as a soloist in many shows and personal projects. In 2017, she moved far from the big city of Milan to live in contact with nature and the seaside near Genoa, spreading her passions in this new place. She founded her personal dance tribe, Mandalance, where she put all her creativity blending Tribal Fusion, Oriental and Contemporary dance, while doing also yoga, Pilates, jogging, swimming, etc. for her personal healthcare. In summer 2017, she attended a professional training for Unmata ITS Tribal style, another big and famous Californian Tribal Belly dance company where she can find much innovation in sound and style to satisfy her need for a continuous evolution.
Gaia is now preparing the exams for the Unmata ITS language to become a certificated teacher, while also preparing new solos and choreographies for her Mandalance dance tribe and for herself as a soloist.
I dance, therefore I am!
Since I was born, I felt the rhythm flowing through my veins and the irreproachable need to use my body for a complete and profound expression of my being. Thanks to a humanistic first education and a constant research to discover the beauties of the world – after a childhood filled with art and passions, including dance and piano – I finally went to university and got in touch with the Middle East dance. After the graduation in Science of Communication, my need to know the world pushed me to start traveling across Europe, moving for a year to Cadiz, in Andalusia, and later in other parts of the world, like Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Canary, Turkey, Morocco, etc. In 2008, I moved back to Milan where I started my professional career as a dancer. First, I graduated in Oriental Belly dance with Aziza Abdul Ridha and Mo Geddawi. Then, I approached a more experimental and contemporary world, studying with the pioneers of Tribal Belly dance in Italy, Les Soeurs Tribales. I joined the company from 2012 to 2015 taking part to many performances, seminars and projects all over the world, that I also kept doing in tandem with Cinzia di Cioccio, a friend and companion of countless adventures. At the same time, I took part to an ambitious project of the Modern Middle East Belly dance company Foesia, which debuted in July 2016 at the prestigious theater Elfo in Milan with the show Maya's Dream.
My need to work on a project on my own led me to found a choreographic laboratory called Mandalance, where every month talented and passionate students study and collaborate with me in shows, festivals and private events. It is still active and available. From 2013 to 2017, I accompanied my passion for dancing with a job equally imbued with art – I was Store Manager at the famous worldwide tattoo studio Milano City Ink, where I got the chance to meet the best artists on the scene and manage their work, nurturing also my passion and knowledge of the tattoo world. In 2017, I decided to move to the Italian region of Liguria, living between the mountains and the sea and experiencing a direct relation with nature and its products, also maintaining two days of work in Milan every month and dance courses at my new home. I am vegetarian from the first day of the new millennium; I use the bike to move; I love reading, practicing yoga, running, swimming and walking in all the natural environments offered by the Earth; I write articles on matters of current interest and I try to study while making my garden bloom or traveling far away - with my mind, with my dance or with a backpack on my shoulders whenever is possible, substantially in Asia. In the last seven years, my passion for South-East Asia and Indochina has been transformed into numerous cultural trips, works on international dance seminars and holidays in contact with local people in Thailand, Laos, Burma, Indonesia, China, India and Nepal. In 2016, after many years of transition in Bangkok enjoying daily massages, I decided to undertake a basic training in Traditional Thai massage. I studied in Chang Mai, on the mountains of the North, at the ancient School of Wat Po, recognized by the Ministry of Health that has spread for years the knowledge of this interesting and beneficial ritual. I graduated also in sports / deep tissue massage at the prestigious Mantra Spa in ITM (International Thai Massage), the other great Northern style School of Thai massage.
Gaia's Bellydance history
2000 Gaia started her education attending the lessons of "Club Magica", the first Middle Eastern dance & Bellydance school in Milan, with Ada Went, Irene Borg and Silvia Ghedy. With them, she participated at workshops, seminars and several shows at the prestigious "Carcano" theater in Milan.
2005-2006 Graduation in "Humanistic Sciences for Communication" and transfer to Cadiz, in Andalusia, for a year. In the birthplace of flamenco she meets Salma, a great Andalusian bellydancer, and together they found a small dance and music company, the "Kapsun Gabaly", which they go on tour with across the South of Spain and Portugal.
2007. Improvement of her studies in Cairo, Berlin, London, Marseilles and Italy with international master teachers such as Aziza Abdul Ridha, Dr. Mo Geddawi, Miss Fifi Abdu, Madame Dina, Mr. Mo Geddawi, Madame Raqia Hassan, Mr. Yousri Sharif, Mr. Wael Mansur, Mr. Amir Thaleb, Miss Anasma Wuong, Miss Sabah Benziadi, Madame Roxie Rose, Miss Manca Pavli, Miss Munique Neith, Mr. Mohamed Shahin, Mr. Mohamed El Sayed, Miss Sadie Marquiat, Miss Virgina Mendez, Miss Coolena Shakti and Miss Mistri for Indian dance and Bollywood.
2008. Teacher Certification awarded by C.S.E.N. Italy and participation in numerous festivals, including the international festival "Stelle d'Oriente" in Turin (every year from 2008 to 2014). In the same year, she obtains the A.S.I. Certification, a teacher training promoted by Irene Borg. Moreover, she participates at the traditional and contemporary oriental dance stages at the "Aziza" Study Center in Turin. Thanks to her great teacher, who will be her godmother for years, she is introduced into a complete overview of oriental dance. Gaia has also the opportunity to study with national and international teachers, guests of Aziza's academy, including Jillina and Samantha of the American company "Bellydance Superstars".
2010. Beginning of Tribal belly dance's formation at the Milanese academy of "Les Soeurs Tribales", pioneers of tribal and fusion bellydance in Italy. She participates to "Avanti, danziamo!", an experimental dance/theater show in Milan directed by the exceptional Anasma Wuong, world-renowned dancer and founder of the "Theatrical Bellydance" in New York and Paris. Stimulated by this experience, she attends an intensive contemporary dance journey with Maura Morales, a Cuban dancer, in Fuerteventura, Canary Island.
2011. Gaia joins the "Amaya Dance Company" based in Slovenia, whose director is Manca Pavli, Rachel Brice's European assistant. From August to December 2011, she goes on tour with her in Ljubljana, Zagreb, Kiev, Krakow, Trieste and Milan. She currently collaborates with her.
In the same year, she attends the “Vertigo tribal festival” at Moma Studio in Milan. Special guests of the festival are Amy Sigil and her company “Unmata” from Sacramento, in California, and Tjarda Van Steen, founder of “Uzumé” company from Holland. They both increase Gaia's tribal and contemporary horizons.
2012. CS (Collective Souls) Certification Level 1 and Level 2 of the Gipsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance format, with Paulette Rees-Denis, an amazing American dancer, teacher and director of the "Gypsy Caravan Dance Company International". Gaia joins the "Caravan Soul Collective International" company that unites dancers from all over the world certified in Gypsy Caravan from level 2. Finally, she also joins "Les Soeurs Tribales" company. The debut is in Hannover, Germany, at one of the most important bellydance festival, "World of Orient", sharing the stage with the most important dancers of the sector, including Jillina Carlano, Anasma and many others. In May, “Les Soeurs Tribales” are invited to open, as guest stars, the Jillina Carlano's “Bellydance evolution”, a show touring all over the world, in its Milanese date. In June, Gaia founds the company "Kaleidos" with other professional dancers, whom she organizes with every year a show entirely dedicated to ethnic dances. During summer, she participates at an intensive contemporary dance training with Marina Di Maio, a great teacher, dancer and singer, in Fuerteventura, Canary Island. In December, she is invited to Jakarta, Indonesia, with Cinzia, Director of “Les Soeurs Tribales” dance company, in order to teach and participate at the show organized during the "Tribal fest" by Desi Ardi Susanto, Indonesian bellydancer and teacher. Together with Cinzia, she also holds seminars all over Europe, especially in England and Germany but also in Italy, where they spread the tribal verb.
2013. She stages "Colors" with Cinzia di Cioccio, Lydia Colombelli, Mirko Lanfredini and Lazare Ojanda, a fusion show between contemporary and afro dance with live music, in a dialogue between percussionists, dancers and actors. In the same period, Gaia obtains the Certification of Contemporary Urban Fusion with Anasma Wuong and Linda Faoro in an intensive training in Paris, the “ Gate to Fusion”, at their prestigious Atelier in Mont-Martre.
2014. Annual professional training with the internationally renowned dancer Gaia Scuderi, founder of the "Arabic Expressive Dance," perfect synthesis between Middle Eastern bellydance, classical ballet and contemporary dance. At the end of the year, selection and entrance into the new company "Foesia", a structured evolution of the dream shared, and already experimented, with her colleagues Federica Gallo and Sonia Micaro.
She commits to teach and prepare "Maya's dream", the new show of the company Foesia that debuts in July 2015 at the prestigious "Elfo" theater in Milan. Until the end of 2016, the show performs in others cities of Italy. Weekly in the same year, for personal interest and wellness she studies: classical dance with Sefora Castro, contemporary acrobatics with Lydia Colombelli and hip hop with Vittorio Sibilio. For her psychophysical wellbeing she also practices yoga and pilates regularly. In February 2016, she carries out a new project with new talented students, an experimental choreographic workshop for non-professional dancers interested in performances - the "Mandalance dance tribe", which immediately participates in festivals, public and private events.
After many years of collaborations in Milan, Gaia decides to move to Liguria, not far from Genoa, to start a new life in greater contact with nature, with less stressful rhythms and wonderful landscapes for her daily awakening. She starts teaching also there while maintaining monthly seminars in Milan. Gaia's classes gains from different disciplines, considering that dance is a universal language that crosses sounds, places and cultures of all time. It is a powerful tool of expression and with no doubt a language to tell stories, travels, people, times and places of any kind. In December 2018, she will go in Indonesia, Central Java, guest of Herna's “Bodylite gym” to teach and dance during 2 intensive weeks of shared knowledges and fun.
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