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Oct 20, 2020

This week on 5.6.7.EIGHT, Aleksandra speaks with Miriam Barbosa, President and Artistic Director at Miriam Barbosa Dance. Miriam received Classical Ballet Training at the University of Fine Arts in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Barbosa is also an alumnus of the Martha Graham Dance Company and is a former Dance Professor with the University of South Carolina’s Dance Program. In 2007, she founded Miriam Barbosa Dance, where she continues to practice her craft. Barbosa is also a Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic Method Specialized Master Trainer, and her own life has been positively impacted by these unique exercise techniques.

On the podcast, Miriam discusses her many diverse passions — running a dance company, healing others through exercise, sharing her methods worldwide. But perhaps most notably, she discusses her passion for aerial dance and her introduction to that specific craft, and she does her best to describe the incredible experience of performing in the air. 


Moving Quotes:

“When you create and put something on stage that is incredibly demanding physically, it has to look as effortless as possible. That way, the audience feels comfortable when they see it."

“When you look at a painting, it’s a steady visual art. But when you put it into motion, it becomes something greater."

“There’s more to all of us than what we think we have."

“Being creative, positive, and resilient are the most important qualities that I try to utilize in my life, in general."

“In my life, many times when things evolved, it was because of some kind of difficulty of the moment. It’s important to maintain my resilience through it all."

“I never really just sat down and waited for things to get better. I was always doing something in order to get better."


Bullet Points (w/ timestamps) - Highlighting key topics discussed:

4:21: Miriam discusses the origins of Miriam Barbosa Dance and why she was initially drawn towards aerial dance.

7:56: Miriam explains how she first came in contact with aerial dance and the trick behind creating a pleasing experience for an audience.

11:17: Barbosa describes how your body feels as you’re performing in midair.

13:47: Barbosa discusses her other passion — Gyrotonic — and how her life was personally impacted by this form of exercise.

22:04: Miriam speaks on the career opportunities for someone interested in Gyrotonic and the process by which one gets certified.

25:14: Miriam describes her experience dancing for the Martha Graham Dance Company back in the late 90s and how her run with the company came to a close.

29:58: Barbosa, who is no stranger to change, shares some wisdom on navigating life’s evolutions and uncertainties with grace.

33:50: Miriam looks ahead and shares the next chapter in her journey.


Bullet List of Resources – 

Miriam Barbosa

Miriam Barbosa Dance