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Stories about life, love and travel that inspire writing. Learn about self- publishing and listen to poetry.

 Maria Grujicic

Dancer, voice artist, poet, educator

Concept: Poems That Dance -Dance to the words of a poem, Creation of a poem through dance


Maria Grujicic

I have a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) and Bachelor of Education, specializing in music and 20 years teaching experience in schools internationally and Australia. I studied the recorder, percussion, voice, drama, guitar and an Australian Music program for primary, The Upbeat Music Program. Look at this link for more information: http://www.upbeat.net.au/

During my university years, I joined a dance troupe and worked with Jazz, Modern, Hip-hop, Vogue and Theatrical dance performances. I also studied the guitar, drums and was in a percussion band. In addition to this I was involved in dance productions, event planning and worked in the hospitality industry whilst I studied.

When I graduated I taught music and dance performance through the integration of curriculum in schools.

In 2004 I learnt Manchegas dance, guitar and voice lessons (Albecate, Spain), Salsa (Madrid and London),

I discovered classical bellydance in 2008 in Frankfurt and explored other styles through workshops. In 2010 I discovered American Tribal Style, Gypsy Caravan, and Tribal Fusion. I also assisted with children’s performances.

During my time in Frankfurt I wrote and published many poems and stories for adults and children. I developed my concept, Poems That Dance (dance through poetry, poetry through dance).

In 2011 I joined the Darwin Dance Collective, a contemporary dance group and explored techniques with Jessica Devereux at Tracks Dance Company. I gave a workshop and created a poem through music and dance techniques with Dance Collective. I also joined a Bellydance Group and did workshops including Tribal Fusion. I began my interest in designing and making costumes.

In 2014 I studied Rachel Brice and Devi Mamack, and went to Deb Rubin and Kami Liddle workshops in Sydney’s Tribal Festival. I also did a writer’s workshop with Marianne Butler.

In 2015 I did various workshops at Festival Bellyfusions Paris, including Theatrical Bellydance, Contemporary, American Tribal Style, Gypsy Caravan, Hooping, and Dance Oriental Emotionale. I took a Flamenco and Ballet Class, and voice lessons with Broadway Actress Leila Valentino.

I now take flamenco and bellydance classes. I teach music, theatre, choir and English. I’m also a humble member of a Writer’s Group.

My aspirations? I’d like to direct a children’s musical one day based on my book, ‘Colour My Ball’.

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    • Hi Brad! A sincere thank you, and feel honored that you nominated my blog, as there are so many wonderful blogs out there. Thank you for inviting me into your WordPress Family! :) I will visit soon- after your nomination I started writing again last night, after so long. I wrote a poem.

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