I started dancing at the age of 6 in a local ballet school back in Italy. My passion for dance came at once, and I wanted to practice almost every day. At the age of 15, I started teaching ballet to children from two to 10 years old and I loved it!
But as I got older and started working, dance took less of a central role in my life.
After the birth of my second child, Gabriele, I started taking group ballet classes again, realising soon how much I’d missed it. What if I could combine my pregnancy yoga knowledge and experience with my passion for ballet? And that’s how Barre & Baby was born.
It was one of the best decisions of my life! Every time I get to spend time with the mamas in the class, learning together, sharing laughs, tears and emotions, I feel happy, lucky and blessed.
Plus my learning continues, through the ballet classes I attend weekly, the regular teacher trainings and the many readings I do to learn more about pregnancy and postnatal body and emotions. I recently trained with James D’Silva, Madeline Black and Jenny Burrell, all helping to empower the body to a higher level of consciousness – something I now bring with me to every Barre & Baby session.
Partisan of the “Universality” of dance and willing to explore further, Claudia decided to go back to school and develop herself in contemporary dance. She was lastly seen on stage in 2016 in Normandy and in Paris.
Claudia loves argentine tango and met her husband in an abrazo. Together they spent nights dancing in Parisian ballrooms, performed for private events and taught in different places.
Jazz, Tango, Ballet, Contemporary… this is where the Universality of dance resides. Anytime, anywhere, anyhow, movement is life and translates in infinite concepts: Connections, freedom, mindfulness, emotions…
Claudia is a certified Barre&Baby teacher and mum of Isaure, a one year old little girl, who will be assisting her during Barre&Baby classes.
“Pregnancy and motherhood are paramount times in life when mothers focus on their bodies, emotions, changes… times of sensitivity and creativity… It is also a magical time when dance helps reconnecting with oneself by creating great opportunities to discover the multiple benefits of an interaction with our babies as well as with other mums.”
Claudia will be teaching Pregnancy and Mum&Baby Ballet classes every Monday in Canada Water SE16.
“I am truly in love with what I do. Creating a welcoming and nourishing space for the mums, dancing and sharing the class with them makes me feel in the right place in the world!”
Anastasia strongly believes that as the movement is the first language of our bodies, moving can evoke deep feelings and connections between our bodies and minds as well as enhance the mother-infant attachment and experience.
Anastasia found Barre&Baby when she was pregnant and felt in love with the idea of keep practicing ballet along with being able to move and connect with her baby while still in the womb! She decided to train and become a certified Barre&Baby teacher to allow other mums to experience this wonderful feeling.
Anastasia will be teaching Pregnancy and Mother&Baby ballet classes every Friday at the Platform in Finsbury Park.
There is something quite magical about dancing beautiful steps to beautiful music whilst holding your baby so close. “