Rodica Bordeianu, renowned international dancer and model, visited Ecuador. After a period spent in several dance schools of Guayaquil, she shared with Ecuadortimes details of her career as a dancer and her impressions on this art form in Guayaquil.
Classical Ballet, Balkan, Gypsy, Spanish, Israeli, Jazz and Latin dances are only a part of Romanian dancer, Rodica Bordeianu’s repertoire.
At the age of 7 she began with rhythmic gymnastics and eventually transferred to the art of Dance. Classical, traditional and contemporary dance became her profession and a life-long vocation.
“Dance is a form of communication to express feelings that sometimes words cannot say … It’s more than just a physical activity; it is a continuously developing human experience … It projects intellectual and emotional strength inside and outside the artist’s dance world.”
Rodica Bordeianu’s experience with this art form began at the National Academy of the Arts and the National Dance Company of Moldova Joc, with rigorous training schedules, which were following a disciplined regimen that prepared her for the subsequent international performances around the world.
“In our (formerly) Communist country, the traditional education for artists and athletes was like being in the Navy. The activities concentrated on an elite group of students carefully selected, lasted from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week, with the exception of some rare periods of vacation, which we could spend with our families.”subsequent international performances around the world.
Rodica Bordeianu currently lives in New York, where her extensive knowledge of this art has brought her illustrious successes and recognition. She recently performed and choreographed for several performances at Carnegie Hall. In addition, it also led her in the American heartland of classrooms at public schools, private academies and various universities, where she taught classes and workshops from Ballet to Eastern European, to Character, World Dance, and to Jazz dance-forms. She will be teaching classical and character dance at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet Summer Intensive with the American Ballet Theater.
She recently earned the title of Master of Art from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at the New York University and with it she has began to transmit her knowledge to her students by using pedagogical concepts and guidelines from the ABT curriculum. Rodica is certified to teach levels Primary through 7 and Partnering, in American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum.
Her dancer’s figure and posture have taken her to other opportunities, such as to model for Industrial Molinera, Wella and the Russian Souvenir Dancewear Company. “Professional dance is a highly structured discipline, which requires on-going persistence and determination. Dancers must devote at least four hours a day to it….additionally I also take yoga classes … I like to eat simple foods, healthy, organic and unaltered by preservatives… I believe that everything in moderation is the key.”
Regarding her impressions on the dance education in Guayaquil, Rodica observed that unlike with the concentrated impetus on a limited elite group of dance students in Communist countries, where the main population was excluded from the experience of dance, in Ecuador, dance is more available for recreational purposes.
However, she noticed that in Guayaquil ballet classes are more available for young children than adults. Miss Bordeianu also noted that Guayaquil and Quito have dance companies using teachers from Eastern Europe, who teach their students both the technique and the repertoire of classical ballet.
Rodica believes that every person should have the opportunity to study dance. She advocates for the importance of studying dance as an independent academic discipline, because it develops in the students their total human essence. Teaching dance in its totality, as a fine art, as an academic discipline and as a human experience, allows for students to be better attuned to themselves and to the world. ” I believe that without an artistic experience such as dance, a person may miss experiencing fully his/her life”.
Pointe, Demi-plié, Grand jeté … This is Dance as a profession and as life-style for Rodica Bordeianu. (FL)