JULIA GÓMEZ AVILÉS (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Photo Credit: Gloria Jiménez
FTC Completed Levels: Level 1 & 2
Born in Murcia (Spain) in 1994, Julia is a freelance dance artist, choreographer and educator. Having a background in ballet studies at the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Murcia, Spain (graduate in 2013) and contemporary dance at Codarts University for the Arts in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (graduate in 2017), Julia is passionate about creative dance, improvisation, and merging dance with other art forms. Her work has been performed in The Netherlands, Belgium, Lithuania, China and Vietnam.
Reiki practitioner (level 1 & 2) since 2014, Julia is deeply interested in the body-mind-energy connection thought meditative practices such as yoga and Qi Gong, as well as awareness embodiment movement practices such as Contact Beyond Contact, developed by Vangelis Legakis. Julia is a certified CBC facilitator level 1 & 2 since 2019 and so far has shared CBC workshops in Spain and Luxembourg.
Beside dancing, Julia has been studying Environmental Science in search for a future where humans and nature can coexist in a sustainable way.
“Julia taught us a series of exercises that lead into some group exercises at the end of class. We worked with ideas around perceiving the space through different parts of the body, which really mobilizes and activates the body. We worked with sensing one another’s energy and dynamics in movement. In contact, we used ideas of resistance, pull, release and pause. Finally, there was an element of witnessing used. It was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot through these Contact Beyond Contact workshops!” -Julia De Rosenwerth (participated at CBC sessions in Murcia on 19-20th September 2019)
“I really appreciated the CBC workshop! I already had few experiences with contact and improvisation, dance therapy, but CBC was my first time. It does fascinate me to dance, to interact with other people that way, play with energy, feel the energy between me and another person (or other people), play with my inner child, work on communication between bodies without saying any word. I felt great and quite energetic after the workshop, although also relaxed at the same time!
I think this is a great way to be in contact with your inner self, to listen to your body, to feel other people in a different way, to work on trust and respect, to allow yourself to be just you and respect the others the way they are, to be aware of where we are and how to interact in a better way with the space we’re in.
Besides that all, Julia is a lovely person and I’m really thankful for the experience that she provided us. :)” -Juana Valença (participated at CBC session in Luxembourg on 26th September 2019)