Dutch Champion at the Show Bellydance 2014. Her passion is mainly 'teaching' and 'socialize': to assign others the passion to move, so that young and old can enjoy the freedom and confidence that may arise through dance and movement or can be further developed.
The life of Monia was already dominated by dance and moving when she was 5. From this age on Monia took classes in Classical Ballet, Gymnastics, Disco-Dance and Jazz Ballet. As a child, inspired by the former series ‘Anna’ (performed by Sylvia Seidel), Monia made her first choreography for the big stage . From that moment she was sure that she would fulfil her future with dance. At the age of 14 (till 21) Monia switched to Ballroom and Latin Dance and trained every day for competitions, supplemented by weekly Gymnastics. One year later, Monia was asked to follow a one- year education at the KNGB Jazz Ballet to become teacher (children under 12 years). While dancing and moving Monia ended up in the World of Aerobics, Sports and Dance.
During her education SPH (HBO Social Work ), Monia continued with training, took private lessons and workshops in dance and sports. All of this has led to knowledge of Anatomy, Kinesiology, exercise variables, movement restrictions and teaching skills.
In 2003 Monia discovered Belly Dance and Salsa. However, the dazzling atmosphere of the belly dance, motivated her to deepening this dance. During her training at the Academy for Modern and Oriental Dance, Monia learned a good Classical (Belly dance) base which she could also mix with the different influences. She still follows workshops by leading dancers (Classical and Fusion ) and today she now and then teaches at the Academy for Modern and Oriental Dance in Heerlen, Liege and Eindhoven.
In addition to performing, her passion is mainly 'teaching' and 'socialize': to assign others the passion to move, so that young and old can enjoy the freedom and confidence that may arise through dance and movement or can be further developed. Therefore Monia also loves to teach the aging male or female dancer.
In 2014, Monia became Dutch Champion at the Show-Bellydance. Together with her mother (69 years) they achieved the third place as a couple in the regular age group (Ido Holland).
(Photo by Marscha van Druuten / Odiza fotografie (no.1))