International Dance Artist, Movement Director and Choreographer
- Warm up act and lead practitioner at the Guinness World Record of the World’s Largest Percussion Class at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (2016) with Inspire Works
- Choreography of the Guinness World Record of the World’s Largest Samba Band at the Royal Albert Hall (2014) raising awareness for Street Child World Cup (Official video)
Testimonial: ‘The Brighton & Hove branch Parkinson’s Disease meeting had the pleasure of having Rosaria Gracia come to us for a “dance movement” demonstration. Surprisingly, she entered the room with a contagious smile, and within minutes had us all moving our hands to music. Her energetic “let’s all join in” personality encouraged everyone no matter what their condition to participate in the movement activities. Faces began to smile, there was laughter and everyone felt better. We were being lead through a series of hand exercises, arm swinging, facial massage, arm and chest openings, hip swinging, feet tapping and circles, posture exercises, chest breathing and so forth. Amazingly all that was accomplished within the hour.
What makes Rosaria unique is her inviting manner to make everyone feel comfortable and her sense of catching the spirit of the group. She gives playful, clear step-by-step instructions that activate your participation in it all. I saw people in wheel chairs waving their arms and legs and laughing.
After the movement sequences, the group returned to the main hall to have tea and raffle. The energy within the group was transformed. There was more lively chatter, excitement in the air- we were energised. It was a fantastic day-We enjoyed it all’. Nancy Ouchida-Howells, April 2018
Rosaria started at the age of six learning Flamenco and traditional Spanish Classical dance in her native Cordoba, Spain. Her dance career in the UK started in 1996 as a performer, choreographer and teacher. Rosaria continues her research into Brazilian, Cuban, Spanish and Indian culture ecology.She has worked with professional dancers and performers in this area, such as Rosangela Silvestre (Brazil), Paula De Hollanda (Sweden/Brazil), Martica Galarraga (Cuba), Himany Dixit (Udaipur, India) and Maria la Chata (Cordoba, Spain).
She is passionate about the history, stylistic qualities and current developments of the dances and movement techniques she teaches. She tries to communicate her sources of inspiration to her students so that they can have their own take on the representation and performance of the choreographies. An important aspect of Rosaria’s work is co-creation. Dance works are influenced by the participants’ stories and performers so the work is owned by them and true to the theatre play, narrative or performance piece.
Rosaria is a GYROTONIC® Method and GYROKINESIS® Method instructor and she continues her study of Anatomy and Physiology. Her latest areas of interest are the application of mudras and Marma therapy in her classes and adapt it to the needs of the participants.
Examples of Rosaria’s choreographic work includes dance works created and performed for:
Copperdollar, Same Sky, South East Dance, Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul, Paraiso School of Samba, Spiritus Arts, Bloco Fogo, Emergency Exit Arts (Streets Academy), Brighton Carnival, Kemptown Carnival, Carnival Collective, Voodoo Vaudeville, World Dance Unite, Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells, inroads productions and Banyan Theatre Group to name but a few.