Born in Brisbane in a time before BrisVegas had café culture, Mimi was forged in the fires (think no air-con, 38 degree days) of her local dance studio. School was really more of a hobby as it was at the studio that she spent most of her hours, sweating glitter and jazz hands with her fellow dance obsessives, much to the dismay of her friends outside of that world. In 2009, she threw herself into a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance) at Queensland University of Technology. Alongside the hours of classical ballet and contemporary training she studiously poured over texts on dance analysis and history, crafting not just a dancer’s physique but also an artist’s viewpoint. Importantly, here she was given the opportunity to cultivate her own choreographic language by staging short dance pieces in-studio and in-theatre. Adding in a dash of visual arts, literature, anatomy and sports nutritional science she emerged after 3 years with Distinction to her name and a thirst to get creative on her own two feet.
Working independently (in admittedly the small Brisbane Dance scene) was no easy feat but she carved a reputation through working in both the commercial and artistic sector, as a hard working and spunkily creative dancer/choreographer. Meanwhile, she continued her journey into the yoga world which began during her uni training. She found that it not only exponentially improved her strength and flexibility but also improved her positivity and stress levels. Yoga taught her to show compassion not just to others but to herself as well, empowering her in her day to day life. Through yoga, she gained a better understanding of her body's and her mind's strengths and weaknesses. After one too many times attending yoga lessons and thinking, ‘I would have done it this way…’ she realized that maybe yoga teaching was another feather she needed to add to her cap. So in December 2011, she descended on Byron Bay to undertake her Level 1 Yoga teaching training at Byron Yoga Centre. Teaching under the moniker of ‘Cherish Yoga’ in Brisbane, she cut her teaching teeth. Then eager for more she completed her Level 2 teaching in 2013. Shortly after, she jumped on a plane to London in the hopes to expose herself to a whole new range of creative ideas and teaching processes. Her path since arriving in London has taken many twists and turns, and she wouldn’t have had it any other way. She now mixes her time fitting in some freelancing alongside a 9-5, while leaping at every travel opportunity she gets.
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