Theodora is 29 years old and her interest in “moving around” has already led her to live in 5 different cities across Greece and Spain. Currently she lives and works in Ioannina and on the island of Lefkas. She is a social scientist (BSc) and a dance movement therapist (MA). In recent years she has collaborated with public and private sociocultural centers, mental health centers and NGO’s (Public Theatre of Ioannina, EPP.PSY. H., Terre des Hommes, BAOBAB etc.) by doing case management, psychosocial sessions and dance movement therapy (DMT) and creative dance projects. She works with people with mental health issues, with children and adults with special educational needs and with refugee and migrant children and teenagers.
Using her considerable experience in various humanitarian aid programs and in “moving around”, she got inspired for a DMT project addressed to refugee children. Her aims are to support children to express themselves and to enhance their personal development by using creative arts therapies and non-verbal approaches as a bridges for communication.
Theodora sees her 2019 START fellowship as a way she could elaborate her management skills in the sociocultural sector, and at the same time remind children that dance and creative arts can help them overcome or cope with difficult situations. More information about her approach can be found here.