Maria Cañizalez Jerez
Originally from Venezuela, Maria holds a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages from the University of Manchester and a PGCE in Secondary Education from Manchester Metropolitan University. She teaches Spanish to children, young people and adults and is the nanny of a four-year old girl.
Maria is also a fully qualified Biodanza teacher and facilitates both weekly and monthly sessions in Manchester. She specialises in Biocentric Education, Biodanza for Older People, Biodanza for Children and Adolescents and also Identity and the four elements. Maria is a member of People Dancing: The Foundation for Community Dance, and an Affiliate Member of the British Psychological Society.
Maria has been a firm believer in the positive power of Biodanza since she first encountered it in 2006. She began running popular monthly sessions in Manchester in 2011, but now wants to spread the word more widely, by offering Biodanza to institutions and care settings as a pathway to better mental health and wellbeing.
Maria lives with her family in Manchester and enjoys yoga, hiking and languages.
Personal and spiritual development has been central to my life for over 25 years.
I love dancing and have danced both Five Rhythms and Biodanza for many years. I qualified as a Biodanza facilitator in 2015.
Biodanza calls me to live my life more fully, to be here for each experience. It opens and nourishes my heart, inviting me to connect more deeply with myself and other people.
Through movement, music, dance and group interaction, Biodanza takes us on a different journey each session. It can be wonderfully challenging and a lot of fun.
I always intend to bring my passion for personal and spiritual transformation to my teaching.
Luis Otávio Pimentel
It is a great pleasure to have Luís Otávio Pimentel to facilitate from time to time in different workshops offered by Biodanza for Wellbeing. Luis is a didactic Biodanza facilitator with extensive professional experience. He is the director of the Biodanza schools of Barcelona and Alicante, a clinical psychologist (COPC 11386) and a mind-body therapist with over 20 years of experience in the clinical field, individual and group therapy. Luis also has a wide experience in facilitating deepening therapeutic and personal development courses.
He has taught in schools in Europe and Brazil, as well as in weekly and monthly sessions and clinical social projects. Specialised in clinical and social biodanza and Biocentric Education.
In Spain he is the creator of both the Biodanza Spanish Encounter for Exchange and Cooperation (Encuentro para la Cooperación y el Intercambio en Biodanza) and the Mental Health Conference. And he is the co-creator of the extension Biodanza and Mental Health.