Hello, nice to meet you!
My name is Sandria. I am the owner of this website (as you've probably already guessed), and I would like to introduce myself to you.
26 years ago, I was born in Judenburg, a town in Styria, which is located very close to the little village (around 200 people) where I grew up with my parents and an older sister.
I guess for everyone who knows me, it's not hard to tell where my passion for movement, nature, and the arts comes from. With a dad who spends every free minute in the mountains and a mom who is a visual artist, my path has always been influenced by creativity, adventure, and lots of fresh air.
At the age of 5, I started dancing, which was a beautiful thing to do as a kid. Three years later, I joined a professional program to dive deeper into the world of classical ballet. As a teenager, I additionally started dancing in a hip-hop crew, which was very exciting at that time. And hard. Imagine being a 15-year-old with 10 years of ballet experience. Structures and lines were everything my body knew until then. Bouncing, breathing, and letting go of tension felt impossible.
After finishing school, I moved to Graz and started studying sports sciences and kinesiology. Five years later, at the end of my master's, I got a university scholarship to go abroad to the US for one semester. I can't put the experiences into words, though. Those months were loaded with everything that I could have wished for and even more. I studied at the Western Washington University at the WWU College of Fine and Performing Arts in Bellingham, where I even got the chance to present my first choreography piece at the end of term. Besides dancing, I also studied sports psychology, health education, and public health there. Looking back, I have never been so present before, so aware of everything that happened around me and all the beautiful souls that I have met along the journey. One of them is now part of my best friends' circle.
During studying, I got the opportunity to work as an intern for Medicos auf Schalke. They have a dance and sports medicine rehab center that focuses on professional dancers and athletes. I think it was in 2017 when I got introduced to the world of dance sciences and attended my first conference at the age of 20, hungry for knowledge. Other internships that I did focused on women's health, sports psychology, and public health.
Since graduating, I have had the opportunity to work with kids, teens, groups in care homes, professional dancers, and other athletes, pregnant women, people with mental and neurological disorders, and people from all walks of life. Currently, I am also managing a "dance for health project" that offers dance classes to women with endometriosis.
As a dancer, I have also had the opportunity to perform and work with a variety of choreographers, directors, and artists in Austria and abroad, and I am now looking forward to my upcoming job at the Vienna State Opera this autumn. After three years of teaching regular dance classes, I am going to lead my last dance class today.
Besides all of those happenings, lucky moments, tears, and professional adventures, I find peace at the ocean and in surfing, meditation, yoga, and rock climbing. As I don't focus on classical ballet anymore, my movement language is now influenced by the natural, human and creative ideas of contemporary dance.
I am growing through traveling and the inspiring people I have meet along the way, and I believe in the power of mindfulness and kindness.
Thinking "outside-the-box" is my jam. But sometimes I don't even know where the box is, which can be a struggle. Like every other human brain, mine is also just trying to find its own unique way to adapt to all those crazy things which are happening in our western world at the moment.
After going as quickly as i could, hunting and chasing for the last 4 years, I am now ready to slow down and enjoy. Because life is too short to rush through and miss out on the precious little things and opportunities that come with it.
Keep breathing and feel the sun on your skin. Love,