WHO WE ARE
The Ballerinas Why Not?! project was born to break taboos regarding what it is to be a ballerina. To the dance studio we want to bring back alumnae who abandoned ballet at some point in life, and those who have never dared taking it up for considering themselves “too old” to make a childhood dream come true.
We propose practicing dance as a liberating experience, as a means of personal fulfilment, leading to improved self-esteem and physical and mental health. Our concern lies in the precision of movement and respect for the body as an instrument.
We do not intend to become professionals, but to show that it is possible to learn to dance despite the limits imposed by age.
The social aspects are also very important to us. We want to grow, together, inside and outside the studio, in an atmosphere of harmony. Here, every achievement is cause for celebration and mutual help is always encouraged.
In August 2015, in Brasilia, we founded the Dance Group Ballerinas Why Not?!, composed of non-professional adult dancers, who organizes smaller shows aimed at hospitals, schools, festivals, etcetera. We are ordinary women, united by a common passion: ballet.
After three years of partnership with the Escola Casa Parque, at 308 Asa Sul, the project in March of 2019 evolved into a Dance Studio, occupying brand new facilities at 503 Asa Sul - our current home.
We make use of the Vaganova method, created by Russian ballerina Agrippina Vaganova. The foundations of this method, which unites the French and Italian techniques, were codified in 1934 and published in the book "Basic Principles of Classical Ballet".
We would be proud to have you with us!
Founder and executive director
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Cláudia moved to Brasilia in 1979 together with her parents. She has been working as a journalist since 1990, holding a postgraduate degree in Political Science. In parallel, she has worked in the preparation and dissemination of cultural projects in Brasilia. Though she in her youth participated in amateur theatre groups, did jazz and folk dance, her first experience with ballet only happened at the age of 30. Cláudia has been a student of Adriana Palowa since 2008 and is a member of the Dance Group Ballerinas Why Not?!.
Diretor-Executivo Adjunto e Sócio-proprietário da Escola BPN
Born and raised in Uppsala, Sweden, Kristian is a resident of Brasília since 1998. He holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Uppsala and works in the area of Human Rights and Environment at the Norwegian Embassy.
A choralist since childhood but never really much of a dancer, he recently entered, completely unpretentiously, the world of classical ballet.
Teacher, choreographer and technical director
Adriana is a professional ballet dancer from Brasilia, and has teached ballet since 1991. She is a graduate of the Norma Lilia Classical Dance Academy of Brasilia, and has done specialisation courses in classical ballet and jazz dance in New York. An intern at the School of American Ballet (S.A.B/NY), she was also a member of the Dance Company Troupe 108, touring several Brazilian and North American cities. Adriana has danced alongside renowned dancers such as Cuban Fernando Bujones and Brazilians Ana Botafogo, Helio Bejani and Norma Pinna. She has participated as a soloist and special dancer in various well-known pieces like The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Paquita, Giselle, Le Corsaire, La Bayadère, among others. Adriana is responsible for the technical aspects of the Ballerinas Why not?! project, and shares with Cláudia the responsability for the artistic aspects.
Daniela is an Arts teacher and Ballet teacher, holding a degree in Dance from the Federal Institute of Brasilia and with training in "Kinesiological Principles Applied to the Work of the Classical Ballet Technique and in the Prevention of Injuries", and "Methodology in Classical Technique".
A dancer with the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro for 12 years, she made several artistic participations, including at the Minsk Choreographic School (former USSR), at the Maria Olenewa State Dance School in Rio de Janeiro, and at the Joffrey Ballet, at the David Howard Academy.
Between 2001 and 2007, she was the Director and one of the teachers of the Daniela Amorim Ballet School .
She has been teaching classical ballet at Bailarinas Por que Não?! since March 2019.
MARIA PAULA DELMONDES
Physiotherapist, specialised in treatments related to the pracitices of sports and dance. Exclusively for the Bailarinas Por que Não?! project, Maria Paula developped the Fisioballet technique, which she has been practicing at the School since March 2019.
Rafaela has teached Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga at Bailarinas Por que Não?! since February of 2020. She learned the trade in India, where she not only did her Yoga specialization, but also studied the principles of Ayurveda and Thetahealing.
OUR MASTER CLASS PIANIST
FRANCISCO BENTO JR.
Born out of Teresina, state of Piaui, Francisco took up piano studies with teachers Maria Rosalina Carvalho and Neusa França before studying singing with teachers Carlos Belbey, Francisco Frias and Niza de Castro Tank. A tenor of the Madrigal de Brasília, he has also worked as a resident teacher at Providence Rhode Island (USA), where he directed the musicals Guys and Dolls and Charlotte's Web. In addition to oratorios, cantatas and classical pieces, his repertoire includes operas such as Don Giovanni, Fosca, O Guarani, Carmen, La Traviata, Alzira, among others. He has participated as a soloist in three editions of the Brasilia Opera Festival, under direction of maestro Cláudio Cohen, receiving guidance by maestro Deivyson Miranda.
Adriana is a Physical educator, post-graduated in the Pilates Method from the Gama Filho University, with Collen Graig international certifications of "Advanced Mat Pilates In Deep Details", "Pilates Core Training With Bosu and Props" and "Pilates Massage Ball and Spine Foam Roller".
Adriana has been at BPN since March 2019.
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