- Dance Movement Therapist – Specialist
- Former Gymnast
Monica Espinoza Anguerre is a dance and movement specialist, therapist and educator with a Spanish background and studies in Australia and overseas. She has taught many children and young adults and adults of different cultural backgrounds and of various abilities for over 20 years, and is deeply passionate about investigating movement in children and maintaining mobility for adults and for those with special needs physical/intellectual. She has special interest in the Art of Dance and Inner wisdom through Authentic Movement and the creative ability of dance that promotes wellbeing.
Since I remembered I have danced all my life! I participated and represented my city in gymnastics throughout my childhood and young years, I continued dancing and undertake classical ballet training that lead me to teach ballet to gymnast in various occasions as part of their training and deliver programs for movement and aesthetics for competition preparation.
With the passion of dancing and movement I have overcome life obstacles that lead me to further career in dancing neoclassical. Beside my studies in different movement modalities such as Nia Technique and contemporary dance techniques, I have studied Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) and the different somatic movement systems such as Body Mind Centering, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Laban Movement Analysis in Dance Education and in helping special needs children and those with physical/cognitive/emotional ailments.
Combing her knowledge and experience, Monica questions and explores new approaches to movement for various groups here in Australia and overseas, including her visits to South America to work in collaboration with other cultural and sports community groups, as well as institutions to support children in their journey.
Monica interests are with all children including children with Disability, ADHD and behavioural like problems, Audio processing disorder, and developmental delay and support those recovering from illness or injury; chronic pain management in the field of DMT.
As dance therapist Monica supports other groups using sensing mobility classes and workshops in the community, supporting Women’s health issues inc. Post cancer survival, Arthritis, MS, and Parkinson’s’; She applies DMT to her creative expressive dance classes, Dance to Performance supporting community groups and Council Initiatives for children and adults with all abilities. Monica visits retirement villages and various Community Resident Houses for people with disability bringing a program that can enrich their lives.
Monica provides services with a therapeutic emphasis in dance and movement for people with special needs, Creative Ballet for Pre-Schoolers, Creative Dance Acro Rhythmic for Primary School Age, Dance Movement support groups and incorporates classes that helps children to be exposed to a second language.
Monica as MBA trained works in collaboration to support Youth Dancers to pursue their dance journey into the intake program run by Victoria State Ballet.