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Thania is a choreographer, performer, educator and dance artist from Puerto Rico, currently residing in the UK after New York and Buenos Aires.

Thania completed her PhD thesis on the connection between dance and violence prevention at the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Violence Programme in the University of Aberdeen.  She has a BBA in Business Administration (University of Puerto Rico), an MA Dance Education (New York University), NY teacher certification and is a certified dance/movement psychotherapist. She is the recipient of the 2017 award as Puerto Rico Ambassador for Dance at the International Dance Festival and the 2016 Bonnie Bird/Marion North Choreographic Mentorship Award.

She has trained in contemporary dance, ballet, and many other styles, and has danced for several dance companies and artists in Puerto Rico, Argentina, New York and UK (please email for detailed dance CV). She currently co-directs an interdisciplinary artist group, Orphaned Limbs Collective, with composer Ross Whyte. Her artistic work incorporates contemporary release technique, with theatrical elements with a site-responsive focus and a somatic influence. 

In addition to her artistic career, she has been a dance movement therapist for ten years, with advanced credentialing in the US & UK as a lecturer and clinical supervisor. She has taught dance/movement psychotherapy in over six countries.  Thania currently works as a part-time lecturer in Performing Arts at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, which she balances with her artistic work in Wales and Scotland. She also teaches international workshops on contemporary dance and interdisciplinary practice, arts-based peacebuilding, and dance, health and wellbeing, which she has led in over 9 countries.

Photo by: Isabelle Ensass

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