Montse Solivelles Montse Solivelles was born in Benissa, 1973. When she was 7 years old she moved in to Benidorm and started her career in the dancing world.
She has studied Classic and Spanish dancing in different schools and the Alicante Dance Conservatory. This way she reinforced her training by means of the several courses and master classes with high level dancers and teachers. Besides, she went through several additional courses like: contemporary dancing, anatomy, Feldenkrais, Pilates, emotional intelligence, etc. Nowadays, she still works to improve as a professional and is about to finish a Dancing Pedagogy Degree.
Being 21 years old she started her professional career dancing in some companies and different stages. After 8 intense years of labour, she decided to devote herself to teaching. This is something she loves so she works in Rosa Martínez Dancing School and the Escola Municipal de Música y Dansa from Callosa d´en Sarriá.
What does the Spanish Dance mean to you?
It is a truly important part of my life. It is not only my profession, it goes beyond that. It is a privilege to have something so valuable in my life. It is something that has always been with me, a part of me.
It is a really complete discipline. This is something not many people know. The Spanish Dancing is made of 4 different styles that require technique and knowledge. A Spanish Dance dancer should study at the Bolera School which has the Classical dancing as its basis. Then you have the Folclore or its equivalent in some regions: the Flamenco. Stylish dance and free style are the others. The free style is nourished by the other 3 styles.
What has been the contribution of the other styles?
From my point of view, they have contributed in a really positive way. In the world of dance, some styles are nourished by the others, they interact and grow. This is a positive thing.
What steps should someone take to become a professional dancer?
The first thing is to desire it: if you want it, you can do it. This is true despite the common saying: a dancer is born and then made. I do think that in some way, one can live and enjoy
dancing by working hard no matter the level accomplished. It is true that no matter how gratifying and positive it might be, it is really hard.
What should be done to promote this beautiful art?
In our country, dancing is the less promoted and supported of all arts. This situation is even worst in the towns. Most of the companies which promote it are doing it thanks to their hard efforts and work. I would promote dancing by including it in school programs and subjects like: Music. Nowadays, it is a part of the physical education class but it receives little attention. It is a shame not to recognize that dancing is a powerful tool to socialize, integrate, express, communicate, and improve your physical condition as well as your cognitive and emotional skills. It would also be highly important to receive more support from the administrations, not only economically speaking. Promoting worldwide scale events with low prices or free tickets entrances would be another great way to support us. Events like: CANTA-T are one example. This is a fantastic opportunity for the amateur dancer and for the rest of the people to get closer to the dancing world.
I really want to thank: GuiaT events and the others collaborators.