Elena Aldi

Writer – Teacher – Dancer

Two years later (September 2013) I moved to Essen (Germany) to work as a dancer and teacher for Tanzmoto Dance Company.

Towards the end of 2014 I then returned to Amsterdam to create and produce Crossing Paths, an event featuring contemporary dance performances and poetry readings with colleagues from across Europe. The project was supported by the Amsterdam Foundation for the Arts (Amsterdams Fonds Voor de Kunst). It was for Crossing Paths that I performed my contemporary dance solo Luce.

In order to continue deepening awareness of myself and my body I eventually returned to Italy to train as a yoga teacher at the Samadhi yoga studio in Florence (2015-2016).

Then in April 2016, I published my first nonfiction book in Italy titled L’anima viola (Purple soul) with Gilgamesh Edizioni. In this autobiographical journal I share the struggles, thoughts and emotions I confronted with while becoming a professional dancer.

In October 2017, I moved abroad again, this time to Edinburgh (Scotland), where I trained at Dance Base, collaborated with local artists, and performed my solo work Luce for the Dance Base Spring Showcase. I also taught at the social enterprise Edinburgh Community Yoga.

Since returning to Mantova (Italy) in 2018, I have been teaching ballet, contemporary dance and yoga at many local dance schools and holistic centres.

After completing training as a yoga and meditation teacher for kids according to the Balyayoga Method (2020), I’ve also been teaching in public schools and during summer courses.

As a teacher, I recently further expanded my repertoire by developing and delivering a yoga course for women affected by breast cancer at the Oncology Department of the main public hospital in Mantova.

In 2021, my second nonfiction book Gemme di luce (Gems of light) was released in Italy. The book aims at sharing awareness, hope and enthusiasm in coping with the daily struggles and contradictions of the contemporary society we live in. It is an invitation to observe ourselves closely to be empowered by our awareness and to live a joyful existence.