Thalia, from Crete, has lived in Athens since 2001. She holds a degree in Physics (University of Crete), an MA in Choreography (with distinction, Dartington College, UK) and an MSc in Sociology (University of Athens). As well as her studies (and ice cream!), she is also passionate about using art to empower and connect people. For 15+ years she has worked as a movement instructor, choreographer, creative dance artist and facilitator, contributing to diverse projects (e.g: participatory art, inclusive dance, educational art for excluded youngsters, ecology).
Combining her artistic practice with her studies, she’s worked on a major project with the University of Athens promoting democratic values in Greek public schools and training teachers to use performance practices and create educational materials (https://www.demopaideia.gr/). She also uses opportunities like START to improve her project management skills and implement new, impactful, sociocultural action. Convinced of the power of art and culture, Thalia’s vision is to bring together local partners, artists and educators in a common purpose: sharing their knowledge, skills and expertise with people of various ethno-sociocultural backgrounds (locals, refugees and migrants) to break-down exclusion, discrimination and negative stereotypes and promote positive interaction, mutual acknowledgement, appreciation and coexistence.