Inma received a MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick in 2003 and a MPhil from University College Cork (2015-2017). Inma is a guest teacher at Cork College of FET for the Dance Diploma course and runs weekly Contemporary Dance/Ballet/Improvisation Classes/Workshops in Cork. In 2022 Inma was invited as a guest choreographer for a national youth dance project ‘Resilience’ by Dublin Youth Dance Company to work with selected Irish Youth Dance Companies. She has been accepted in the Irish Teaching Council and recently appointed Director of the New Joan Denise Moriarty Youth Dance Company in Cork City.
Hi Inma! Can you share a bit more about yourself?
My name is Maria Inmaculada Moya Pavón. I know it is a very long name, hence Inma Pavón, much easier to say. I’m enthusiastic and creative, I just love the freedom to explore new things and create something with it. I love cycling around and experiencing everyday life through those two wheels. I always get lots of inspiration from those journeys.
Can you tell us about your journey into Dance with Circus?
I started performing/creating from a very young age by just playing on the streets with the other kids. We were always doing Theatre/Dance/Street games that had similarities to Circus too. It was at the age of eight years-old when I joined the local community Dance classes. I had an Italian teacher who loved creative dancing and lots of stretching. lol. Then I had a Spanish teacher that taught us Ballet exams from the Royal Ballet School, so that’s how I got more serious about dancing.
What can students expect from you as their coach?
“I had to come up with creative ideas to help them move and be confident enough to carry that into their next phases in their lives.”Inma Pavon
Students can expect a well planned series of training and creative movement-based work. Over the last 20 years I have been very lucky to work with different people with no movement background so, I had to come up with creative ideas to help them move and be confident enough to carry that into their next phases in their lives. By working with non movers I learnt to be more creative too, and so it was a win-win situation. Students can expect full support and guidance in their journeys.
My sessions are planned in a way that students will learn to take care of their bodies and minds. I love meditation and yoga practice, they both are very important in my own practice and I love sharing them with my groups too. Students always get lots from these practices so, they can expect them in my sessions along with Contemporary Dance Technique specially designed for them.
What’s your favourite memory of performing Dance with Circus?
It was in 1999 in Dublin for Choreographers Irish Platform. I was invited to create with two other dancers and a choreographer for one week in Dublin. We had to perform the piece at an old basketball stadium. I was delighted for that as it brought Dance out of the traditional Theatre space and allowed Dance to be more experimental too. The piece was created through a process of improvisation ideas where us, the three dancers, had to create. It was my first ever experience working this way, and it really opened my mind to new ways of dancing/performing.
What are you most excited about with the 3 Month Introduction Course in Contemporary Circus Arts?
I am most excited about the idea that this is the first of this kind in Ireland. Also the fact that I can explore ideas from my own experiences and share them with the group. I also cant wait to see ideas from the students themselves come to life and see each of them grow. I love the fact that we will have weekly sessions so that students have the time and space to explore, evolve, create, connect with their inner creativity and to form connections as a group of creative minds.
If you were a Super Hero, what would your superpower be?
My superpower would be ‘RESILIENCE’
We absolutely love Inma’s approach to dance and creativity. In fact, we’re just big fans of hers. Some of us are enroled in her dance classes., With Inma as your coach, you can explore dance, movement and creativity in a safe space.