Claudia Mori

Claudia Mori

Tertiary dance graduate and dance teacher, Claudia Mori, is caring, passionate, loyal, which is one reason why she loves being part of the supportive company at Move Through Life.  Her favourite thing about dance is being able to completely separate herself from whatever stress factors are present in her life, and the ability to move in any way she wants and express any emotion she feels.

Find out more about Claudia by reading her answers to our Q&A below.

Tell us about your early dance journey?  Where did you start and what did you do as a child?

I started ballet at the age of 11 and instantly fell in love, going on to complete my RAD Academy of Dance) examinations from Grade 3 to Advanced 2. At 15 I decided to do dance as a SACE (South Australia Certificate of Education) subject in high school, and it was then that I was introduced to contemporary dance and realised that was the pathway I wanted to take as a performer.

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What is your earliest memory of dance?

Making my parents watch me attempt to jump and turn and proceed to fall over during every commercial break of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.

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Where have you trained and who were your teachers as a dancer?

I trained in classical ballet through Susan Cooke School of Dance. She has been my mentor for the last 10 years and I now have the honour of teaching with her.

I trained with Terry Simpson Studios for about five years as well; taking classes from Aidan Munn (who trained me in Contemporary), Terry Simpson, Catherine Wells, Susan Taylor and Brooke Arnold.

For my tertiary education I completed my Certificate IV in Dance through Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts), where I was mentored for a year and a half by Lisa Heaven, Peter Sheedy, Catherine Wells and Kialea Nadine-Williams.

Post AC Arts – Stefaan Morrow and Jo McDonald for ballet, contemporary and company rehearsals.

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What have been some standout moments/achievements you’ve had with dance?

  1. Being named Dancer of the Year in 2015 by Susan Cooke School of Ballet.
  2. Completing my RAD Advanced 2 exam.
  3. Travelling to Indonesia in 2019 as a dance exchange program.
  4. Being accepted into the Move Through Life Performing Company.

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Have you performed in a Fringe show before? If so, tell us about it

I have not.

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What is your favourite thing about dance?

Being able to completely separate myself from whatever stress factors are present in my life, and the ability to move in any way I want and express any emotion I feel.

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What is your favourite thing about performing?

I love how the only thing that exists during a performance is that moment. I feel so present and whole, and I become completely encapsulated in the movement and music. It’s like when you’re on stage – the movement, the sound, the lights… it all becomes the same collective energy.

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What dance styles are you most drawn to?

Ballet, Contemporary and Dance Theatre. I do also really enjoy Jazz.

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What do you prefer – class, rehearsal, or performance, and why?

I don’t think anything will ever beat the feeling of being on stage, however each has their own special and rewarding part to play for me as a dancer.

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What are your top three favourite dance movies?

Dance Academy (I really don’t know many – yikes!)

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Who are some of your favourite dancers or choreographers?

Akram Khan has been a huge inspiration in my dance journey! I’ve been fortunate enough to see him perform and it was truly unforgettable. Having worked with Jo Stone and Paulo Castro, I can say they are some of my favourite choreographers. Everything they do is so unique and their whole creative process is so inspiring and different to anything I’ve done before.

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What for you is the most challenging and most rewarding aspect of dance?

The most challenging aspect for me is the constant strive for perfection – which as we all know is ultimately unachievable. The most rewarding aspect is the fact that I have the ability to tell a bunch of strangers exactly how I’m feeling through movement and expression.

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What training or practice do you do at home?

Mostly yoga, but I’m always dancing in the kitchen! I also keep up with technique classes and I plan on having a long performance career.

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What are your dance goals, dreams, or aspirations?

I’m currently living my dream. Being a teacher and being able to help students bring out the best in themselves and achieve extraordinary things is the most rewarding job I could have ever asked for.

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How many times a week do you dance? And what are they (eg class, rehearsals, where, with who?)

I do casual classes at Dance Hub with Stefaan Morrow (ballet and contemporary) on a Monday night. Monday nights I also do open ballet classes with Susan Cooke. Tuesday’s and Thursdays I teach at Pivotal Dance down at Brighton. Wednesday nights I rehearse with the Move Through Life Performing Company.

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What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (again, it doesn’t have to be dance-related)

No matter how harsh a choreographer or teacher might be, don’t ever let them steal your soul as a dancer or your love for dance.

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What keeps you motivated when you are tired, discouraged, or down?

I always lead myself back to the “why?” Why do I dance? Why does dance make me happy? Why do I keep coming back to class even when I have multiple bad days? It always ends up really positive and makes me feel grounded again. Keep reminding yourself “why”.

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Why did you decide to audition for the MTL Performing Company?

I missed being on stage and I missed being in rehearsal processes.

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How did you hear about Move Through Life?

Aidan Munn recommended I sign up for classes after I returned to him once I left AC Arts.

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What is your favourite thing about being part of the MTL Performing Company?

The entire company support each other and cheer each other on. There is no wrong idea, there is no unnecessary judgment, there is no unhealthy competition and there is an endless amount of support from every single person involved in the company.

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What always makes you laugh?

My friends. Nothing every makes me laugh as hard as they do.

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What hobbies do you have outside of dance?

Yoga, reading, plant parenting, music theatre

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What is your ‘day job’? (could be working, studying, volunteering etc)

I’m a part time employee at Officeworks and I’m a teacher at Pivotal Dance.

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Describe your personality in three (or so) words

Caring, passionate, loyal.