Natalia Iwaniec was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and gaga teacher based in between Poland and UK. She finished her Master’s in Theater in Cracow and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wroclaw in Poland, where she studied contemporary dance, hip-hop, ballet, jazz and traditional Polish folk dance. She has taught contemporary dance and improvisation in studios and with theater groups in her home country and abroad.In 2009, she had her first meeting with Gaga during a workshop with Arkadi Zaides in Poznań (Stary Browar Nowy Taniec). After this experience she decided to research the Israeli dance scene through workshops with Tal Avni (Contact Improvisation and movement research), Yossi Berg and Oded Graf (contemporary dance and improvisation), Yaniv Mitzner (Contact Improvisation), and LeeSaar The Company (Gaga) and others teachers from Israel.
From September 2010 until February 2011, she lived in Tel Aviv exploring the Gaga movement language. During this time, she was part of Yasmeen Godder’s workshop for dancers in Tel Aviv and also trained in Contact Improvisation.
Natalia was a part of the first Gaga Teachers Training Program, certified by Ohad Naharin in 2012. Since then she is teaching regular gaga classes for dancers and non-dancers in London and workshops in Poland and Europe. She is first certified GAGA teacher in Poland and one of few in Europe. Natalia was teaching gaga in festivals such as: IDW Budapest, Contact meets Contemporary, Ibiza Contact Festival etc.
Natalia was teaching gaga in professional contemporary dance schools like Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds(UK) and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London(UK) as a guest teacher, and in the dance companies and theatres such as NDCWales in Cardiff(UK), Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds(UK), Central Europe Dance Theatre in Budapest (Hungary),Studio Matejka in Wroclaw (Poland) and Cracov Dance Theater(Poland) and others.
She is developing as a dancer in international projects and as a choreographer. Natalia is one of founders of London based NaNa Collective.
Video credits: Video taken during workshop organised by Cracov Dance Theatre.
Video: Wojciech Musiał