About Yalda Younes

photo ©Johanne_Issa, 2015

Born in Beirut in 1978, Yalda Younes came to dance by chance, to yoga by injuries, and to sound by breath. She trained in flamenco in Spain, mostly with Israel Galvan in Seville, in yoga philosophy and therapy at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, and in electronic arts at ESEC in Paris. Currently residing in Berlin, she experiments with self-taught, intuitive methods across different mediums, with visceral listening remaining the anchor point for the development of her creative relationships with the world.

Simultaneously emotional and spiritual, solitary and relational, her sounding-body engages in internal-external conversations, seeking to experientially explore the interconnectedness of all things. Nourished by opposing forces, her choreographic approach plays with dynamics of stillness, micro-macro relationships, organized chaos and cathartic releases.

Her pedagogical skills are informed by the creative freedom and sense of observation instilled by her beloved teachers, her personal encounter with traumatic experiences, and her extensive 20+ years of teaching practice. Using the breath intelligently alongside a subtle approach to movement, her process-based pedagogy prioritizes experiential over hierarchical, theoretical knowledge. She nurtures both singularity and connectivity, placing equal emphasis on emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual dimensions. Filled with playful and poetic imagery, her teaching is vibrant, precise, and skillfully guided, fostering the emergence of plural identities.

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