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Silvia Mondria: Lincoln PE Teacher and Professional Dancer

 

Learn how one of our educators, with 28 years teaching at our school, applies her creative vision as a dancer in her role as Physical Education Teacher and After School Coordinator in elementary school. 


Physical Education Teacher (PE)  and professional dancer. What is the link between the two? Creativity! For 28 years, Silvia Mondria has traveled with our learners on countless school expeditions, coordinated the after-school activities in elementary school, and directed the after-school activities show to prepare an incredible stage where our learners can showcase their growths and talents. All this magic is possible thanks to her stage experience. 

“I have been involved in the world of dance forever,” Silvia explained in an interview. “In my youth, I practiced Jazz Dance in the studio of Noemi Cohelo, a famous dancer from Teatro Colón. I also had the opportunity to dance with a Brazilian teacher called Forza Africano, who took us on television to promote his dance style.” Besides also studying free dance and recreational dance, which includes Latin rhythms like salsa, merengue, cha cha cha, bachata, and jazz dance, she participated in dance competitions at the Gran Rex Theater, where she won several occasions with her Master dance group.

Being a PE Teacher and having dance skills complement each other by combining knowledge of the body and pedagogy with physical activity, creativity, and self-confidence. 

Nowadays, Silvia dances three times a week and is part of a choreographic workshop directed by actor and dancer Sebas Lamas to prepare an end-of-the-year performance in the studio La Clave de la Danza. We interviewed Silvia to learn more about her two passions.  

 

When did your passion for dance arise?

 

Since I was a child, I have loved dancing. My mother danced classical styles and passed on her passion to me. For me, dancing is a way to express emotions, feelings, and thoughts non-verbally. It is also an exercise that can improve cardiovascular health, muscle strength, and flexibility. It is a source of joy and enjoyment. For a while, I stopped dancing for study, work, etc. I started dancing again 15 years ago. 

May they remember that the path to success in art, dance, or sports can be challenging, but with dedication, passion, and constant effort, they can achieve their goals.

 

Dancer and teacher, how do they complement each other?

 

Being a PE Teacher and having dance skills complement each other by combining knowledge of the body and pedagogy with physical activity, creativity, and self-confidence. These enrich the educational experience and promote an active and healthy lifestyle. It allows me to enjoy a variety of experiences in different fields and, at the same time, transmit my love of art and movement to students.

 

What would you advise students who aspire to be artists?

 

May they remember that the path to success in art, dance, or sports can be challenging, but with dedication, passion, and constant effort, they can achieve their goals and develop a rewarding career in the field of their choice. Have clear goals, discipline, perseverance, and learn from mistakes. Be willing to learn new things and not be discouraged by obstacles.

 

How would you describe a Lincoln artist?

 

Our students have a creativity evident in everything they do, from artistic projects to their approach to academic challenges. They have an open and curious mind that drives them to explore art, whether through painting, sculpture, music, dance, theater, or any other artistic manifestation. Lincoln teachers motivate students in all areas. We can see it in the art exhibitions, plays, and end-of-year dance shows at all school levels.

 

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