I teach... creative dance for children.
I dance because... it gives me many opportunities to find out something new about myself, my body and my soul. Dancing brings me a lot of joy and gives me a lot of space to express myself.
I pay special attention to ... the playing surface, different qualities of movement, principles and dynamics. The connection between movement, music, space, time and other bodies is also important to me.
The song ... Dobbin's Flowery Vale by Finnish a cappella group "Rajaton" always gets me moving.
I have learned a lot from....everyone who accompanied me on my dance path. All this has formed me physically, mentally and artistically to what I am today as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. On my way I am constantly developing myself further. I am looking forward to new impulses, instructions and experiences, which are still to come.
The best place to dance is for me... a bright studio with a beautiful floor and lots of sunlight. Dancing in a public place and outdoors in nature inspires me as well.
A key moment in dancing was for me... when I started to focus more on improvisation and free movement. I learned to appreciate what is created in that very moment.
To my students I want to pass on... the joy of dancing, good physical perception and the feeling that our bodies have many possibilities and that there is always something new to discover. I also want to pass on the fact that own creativity and imagination are important and that every idea can be danced.
I look forward to this every year... the smiling faces of my little participants, who are so free and creative when dancing. I also look forward to every change of season, when it gets bright, colourful, green, white, cold or warm again. They give a nice rhythm and variety for the whole year.
Serja Vesterinen, born in Finland, is a versatile dancer, choreographer and dance teacher.
In 2015 she completed her training in stage dance at the state-approved school SOZO visions in motion in Kassel. During this training period she developed her professional dance technique and an expressive stage presence. At the Stage School Hamburg she acquired additional skills in acting, musical singing and musical dance. In 2017 she received her certificate as dance teacher at SENECA INTENSIV in Berlin.
Since April 2017 Serja Vesterinen has been developing various dance theatre pieces together with her colleague Svetlana Smertin as part of their joint company "Miteinander" (Together), which have been shown mainly in the Kassel area.
She has already gained experience in teaching at the Tanzwerkstatt Kassel and at TanzEtage Korbach where she worked as a dance teacher for two years.
Since August 2019 Serja Vesterinen has been working in Potsdam and Berlin as a dance teacher, freelance dancer and choreographer. Her work focuses on improvisation, musicality, creativity and a playful approach. She has many ideas and is always looking for new ways to expand her teaching material and to convey it in an interesting way. For her it is important to create a positive atmosphere full of trust in her lessons.