Dina M. Smirnova
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About

Constantly creating and shifting.

 

Dina M. Smirnova

 

I've recently become an expat after relocating from New York City to Melbourne, Australia.  When I'm not traveling the world, I spend my time practicing yoga, making art, meditating, or dancing the night away.  I'm also an aspiring musician and vocalist, and am certain one day soon I'll be using my voice to transform the masses.

I like to approach life with a "don't know" mind.  I truly believe we have the capacity to choose who we are at any given moment and can start a new hobby, job, or career anytime we choose.  Hence, I've dabbled in quite a few different studies, techniques, and modalities.  For me, the link that connects them all is my fascination with the human experience, the space we occupy, and transformation.  I tend to infuse equal parts structure and chaos into everything I create and always have the intention of providing a safe, loving, and inquisitive space for my students, clients, and collaborators to expand their awareness.

People often ask me where I'm from.  The truth is, home is wherever I am.  I was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and immigrated to the United States with my family to seek refuge from the ongoing civil unrest in the former Soviet Union.  At three years old, I discovered my love for movement in the form of Michael Jackson.  The result of this discovery was the ferocious pursuit of all things artistic, spatial, and kinesthetic. 

I began choreographing at eleven years old, teaching at fourteen, and have been performing and creating ever since.  In addition to my lifelong commitment to movement in the form of dance, I have attended a number of trainings and have received certifications in various types of movement, energetic modalities, communication, and leadership throughout the world.  In 2011, I received a dual-degree from Chapman University in Southern California (B.F.A. Dance Performance and B.S. Business Marketing).  Currently, I am undertaking a course in Leadership and Management in the heart of Melbourne.

 

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